Liaison mental health services

Guidance for commissioners of liaison mental health services to acute hospitals, Volume 2This guide describes what ‘good looks like’ for a modern acute liaison service. It should be of value to Clinical Commissioning Groups (who will be commissioning secondary services, both specialist mental and acute).

This guide has been written by a group of acute liaison experts in consultation with patients and carers.

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This guide also addresses issues relating to the commissioning of acute liaison services. It describes:

  • the benefits of liaison services
  • the optimum liaison psychiatry team
  • the mental health needs in acute care settings that a liaison service addresses
  • why a liaison service is important for commissioners of acute hospital services.

This guide draws on, and refers to, previously published guidance including:

  • the Royal College of Psychiatrists College Centre for Quality Improvement PLAN standards
  • the Royal College of Psychiatrists CCQI Mental Health Policy Implementation Guide for Liaison Psychiatry and Psychological Medicine in the General Hospital
  • the Royal College of Psychiatrists briefing No Health without Mental Health: the Supporting Evidence
  • the NHS Confederation briefing Healthy Mind, Healthy Body.