Liaison Psychiatry School

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Course information
25 November
Length and time
9:00 - 17:00
Course information
25 November
Length and time
9:00 - 17:00
About the course

This five-day liaison psychiatry training course explores this exciting field of mental healthcare at the frontline of general hospital and community medicine. It uses group work, clinical case discussion, interactive exercises, and a full day of high-fidelity simulation.

The integration of mental with physical healthcare is a high priority in the modern NHS. Whether it’s providing 24-hour crisis care in the emergency department or managing complex cases on the wards, liaison psychiatrists and psychiatric liaison nurses experience fascinating and challenging clinical scenarios at the intersection of mental and physical medicine.

As well as providing direct clinical care, liaison staff may be involved in complex legal and ethical decision-making, advocating for patients’ holistic care, and co-learning with medical and surgical colleagues. This makes liaison psychiatry one of the most interesting and rewarding fields of mental health.

The course aims to provide a stimulating learning experience from beginning to end, giving you the opportunity to put new-found knowledge and skills into practice.

Course programme

The Maudsley Learning Liaison Psychiatry Summer School will cover the following topics:

  • Co-working in the emergency department
  • Advanced risk assessment (suicide and self-harm)
  • Psychotherapeutic skills in the emergency department
  • Neuropsychiatry, functional disorders, and medically unexplained symptoms
  • Mental capacity and the law in liaison settings
  • Substance misuse in liaison settings and dual diagnosis
  • Novel psychoactive substances and chemsex
  • Psychopharmacology in the medically ill
  • Child and adolescent liaison
  • Old age liaison
  • Perinatal psychiatry.
Learning objectives
Describe the role of liaison psychiatry in general hospital settings Discuss the complex interaction of physical and mental health Assess patients presenting with a range of common general and subspecialist liaison psychiatry presentations
Discuss the role of liaison subspecialties Use advanced skills to assess and manage risk in the emergency department
Who is it for?

This course is suitable for a range of mental health professionals and is aimed at an intermediate level. This includes clinical psychologists, assistant psychologists, midwives, nurses and also psychology students. It is for anyone looking to learn more about liaison psychiatry, particularly those that are interested in pursuing this area further. If you are looking to become a liaison psychiatrist in the future, this is a good starting point to get more acquainted with the topic.

Why study this course?

Learn from the experts

Each topic will be taught by an expert clinician from South London and Maudsley (SLaM) or the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neurosciences at King's College London, so that you get the most up-to-date and evidence-based information from each speciality.

We’re leading experts in mental health training, and all our courses are taught by qualified professionals.

Advance your knowledge

If you’re looking to start a career in liaison psychiatry, or just want to learn more about the topic, this is a comprehensive introduction to the topic. You’ll advance your knowledge in a number of key areas. For example, you’ll learn about risk assessment, the law in liaison settings, substance abuse and more. Kickstart the next phase in your career by booking onto this course today.

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Target audience
Assistant psychologist, Clinical psychologist, Consultant – non-psychiatry any, CT1-3 – non-psychiatry any, CT1-3 – psychiatry, FY1, FY2, FY3, GP, GPVTS, Midwife, Nurses, Psychology student, RGN, RMN, ST4-7 – non-psychiatry any, ST4-7 – psychiatry
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Let our team complete a full Training Needs Analysis for a department, directorate, or the whole hospital! We can work to complete this ourselves or work collaboratively with your own staff. Our standard outcome measures assess learner progress and produce a full report looking at wider impact of training using a range of tested assessment methodologies.

Frequently asked questions

What is a mental health liaison practitioner?

A mental health liaison practitioner provides mental healthcare in a physical setting. They bridge the gap between mental and physical healthcare and act as an intermediary – or liaison – between these two areas. Settings they may work in include general hospitals.

How do you become a liaison psychiatrist?

After initial medical training, you’ll have to complete a two-year foundation programme then six years minimum of specialised training. If you’re interested in becoming a liaison psychiatrist, Maudsley Learning’s course is a great introduction to the topic. It means you can become more acquainted with liaison psychiatry before committing to it as a career.