Liaison psychiatry services in Wales

Divya Sakhuja, Jonathan I. Bisson
2008 Psychiatric bulletin of the Royal College of Psychiatrists  
Aims and Method To determine the nature of current liaison psychiatry services in Wales, a structured telephone interview was conducted with representatives of all 11 National Health Service trusts. Results Three trusts (27%) had no dedicated liaison psychiatry service and only one of the eight (13%) with a service had a full-time consultant liaison psychiatrist. Only two services (25%) had a full-time junior doctor and three (37%) were not multidisciplinary, comprising nursing staff alone. No
more » ... ng staff alone. No team had a clinical psychologist and only two (25%) provided a psychological treatment service. Clinical Implications Liaison psychiatry services across Wales are fragmented, under-resourced and unlikely to meet patients' needs. They fall well short of the recommendations of the Royal Colleges of Physicians and Psychiatrists.
doi:10.1192/pb.bp.107.018069 fatcat:s3ut22yynvfutgpwdvnrs7oxje