Mental health liaison services have expanded nationally as part of the NHS Five Year Forward plan and will continue to play a pivotal role in providing crisis mental healthcare and working at the interface of physical and mental health across the UK.Liaison services work in diverse and challenging environments which demand a unique set of knowledge and skills.
This four-day course offers learners an opportunity to build on their existing skills through a series of lectures, workshops, and simulation training sessions that draw on the rich expertise of the Maudsley and associated liaison teams, as well as Maudsley Learning and Maudsley Simulation. This course would be appropriate to any clinical staff who wish to improve their knowledge of liaison services,including psychiatric liaison and other mental health nurses, medical trainees in psychiatry, as well as general medical doctors and nurses with an interest in working at the mind/body interface.
The first day will look at the role of liaison services in the NHS and the increasing recognition of need for health services to integrate physical and mental healthcare. Practical sessions will address the challenges of working in emergency settings side-by-side with acute medical teams. There will be a focus on advanced risk assessment skills and techniques to manage acutely disturbed patients. Learners will get the opportunity to put these skills into practice later in the week when they participate in a simulation training day.
The second day will address substance abuse and dual diagnosis, with a focus on the novel psychoactive substances that have become prevalent in emergency departments in recent years. There will also be a workshop on mental health law in liaison settings, covering application of the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act,and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. In the afternoon learners will have the opportunity to meet liaison team members working in various medical subspecialties and participate in a round table discussion and case presentation.
On the third day learners will attend the simulation centre at Lambeth Hospital for a full day practical skills training. The fourth day will cover neuropsychiatry, old age and child psychiatry, and perinatal psychiatry. A workshop on medically unexplained symptoms will develop their skills in working with these complex patients.
Each topic will be taught by field experts working at the Maudsley or associated hospitals.