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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Faculty of Liaison Psychiatry

Liaison psychiatry is the sub-specialty which provides psychiatric treatment to patients attending general hospitals, whether they attend out-patient clinics, accident & emergency departments or are admitted to in-patient wards. Therefore it deals with the interface between physical and psychological health.

There is now abundant evidence that medical and surgical patients have a high prevalence of psychiatric disorder which can be effectively treated with psychological or pharmacological methods.

Liaison Psychiatry Service - Created by Creative Connection for Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.




Credential pilot

  • The Royal College of Psychiatrists, in partnership with Health Education England (HEE) are running a pilot to develop a credential in Liaison Psychiatry. 

            Find out more about the pilot     






West London Mental Health Trust and Health Education North West London

Mental Awareness e-Training for Emergency Staff  (MATES)

            - Self-harm MATES video

            - Psychosis MATES video

            - Delirium in dementia MATES video

            - Anxiety in respiratory illness MATES video



The current editors are Dr Sridevi Mahalingappa and Dr Nora Turjanski.

Should you require a copy of any previous newsletters not currently available on the website, please contact Francis Maunze – the College archivist.




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Latest News and Events

Faculty of Liaison Psychiatry Annual Conference

Date:  16-18 May 2018

Location: Liverpool


Faculty Report

Framework for routine outcome measurement in Liaison Psychiatry



We would like to invite submissions for the next edition of the newsletter.  Submissions should be on matters relevant to liaison psychiatry including reports on service development, education, training, audits, conferences and events. Articles should be no more than 1-2 pages long. Please include your name, title, place of work, picture of the main author and contact details. If you would like to contribute to our next edition please e-mail using Liaison Faculty Newsletter  as the subject title. 


JISC Update: 

The RCPsych Paediatric Liaison Network

The RCPsych Paediatric Liaison Network is an international group of child and adolescent psychiatrists who work with paediatric staff. We discuss clinical and non-clinical issues, particularly policy and the promotion of mental health in paediatric practice. We meet in conferences in various UK locations twice a year.  If you are interested in joining, contact the group c/o Stella Galea, Committee Manager.

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