Physical health care

  1. Reduce waste in general hospitals by acute care commissioning of psychiatric liaison services to emergency departments and wards
  2. Change understanding and practice in primary, community and secondary care towards ‘physiologically explainable’ symptoms and the interaction of emotional wellbeing with long-term conditions
  3. Maximise physical health gain in people with severe mental illness through collaboration between primary, secondary and mental health services

Acute care commissioning of liaison services can reduce distress and disability whilst cutting bed usage, unnecessary investigations and hospital visits.

People with severe mental illness die early and avoidably: collaboration between primary care and mental health services to ensure regular health checks and then responsiveness when they do attend, could change this – especially with those most difficult to reach.