Liaison psychiatry bridges the gap between physical and mental healthcare
Our accredited Psychiatric Liaison Teams provide comprehensive advice, support and a signposting service to patients over the age of 17, where potential mental health and/or drug and alcohol issues are identified. Following referral from a health professional in Accident and Emergency (A&E) or an inpatient ward within the general hospital, the team will offer a high-quality intervention, assessment and discharge process that covers all aspects of mental health - including drug and alcohol use and self-harming.
The team has been established by integrating the former Mental Health Liaison & Self Harm Team with the Older Adults Mental Health Liaison Team and the Hospital Alcohol and Drugs Liaison Team (HADLT) to create a 24/7 single point of access service at the Royal Derby Hospital and Chesterfield Royal Hospital.
Research shows that untreated mental health issues can lead to people spending longer in hospital and to poorer physical health outcomes. By working with other clinical colleagues, the Liaison Team is making sure that patients get the right help, at the right time, in the right place. They also provide a vital educational resource to staff throughout the hospital - to raise awareness and understanding of mental health needs and recognising the signs and symptoms.
How to access the Liaison Team
Referrals are made through the general hospital by a health professional.