Mental health liaison team

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About the service

The mental health liaison team provides diagnosis, support and information to people who are in a general hospital (in accident and emergency or as an inpatient) and experiencing problems with their mental health.

The team is based at two sites – Calderdale Royal Hospital and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary – and functions 24/7.

The team aims to reduce mental health distress as quickly as possible, so provides a rapid assessment. The assessment can help provide a diagnosis and support people during their stay in hospital as well as give information about other organisations that can offer continued support.

Our team of staff are from a variety of different professions so that they can offer the best possible care and advice. The team is made up of doctors, including consultant psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health nurses and social workers.

The role and function of the team are to reduce hospital admissions, reduce re-admissions and length of stay.

Why would someone choose the service?

  • The service looks to improve quality care and outcomes for patients with physical and mental health conditions by supporting recovery, self-management and wellbeing.
  • The service enables patients to maintain their independence.
  • We work closely with people to decide on the best options together and provide the best possible care to reduce admission, re-admissions and length of stay in hospital.

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