[PDF] Liaison psychiatry in the modern NHS

Centre for Mental Health
Centre for Mental Health
Publication date:
08 November 2012


 Liaison psychiatry services provide immediate access to specialist mental health support for people being treated for physical health problems, most often in general hospitals and in some cases in the community. Every NHS hospital should have such a service as standard, according to this report from Centre for Mental Health and the NHS Confederation Mental Health Network. The report finds that liaison psychiatry services can save an average hospital approx.£5 million a year by reducing the number and length of admissions to beds. This report sets out the findings of a study commissioned by the NHS Confederation Mental Health Network on behalf of Strategic Health Authority (SHA) Mental Health Leads. It seeks to identify how liaison psychiatry can most effectively contribute to the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) challenge of improving health outcomes while at the same time reducing health care costs. The NHS Confederation's Mental Health Network has published a briefing based on this report.