This 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.
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.