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Friday 19 April 2019
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New Liaison Team launched

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Patients across the county are to benefit from a new Liaison Team launched at the Royal Derby Hospital on 1 July 2013.

Our Trust, which is the largest provider of mental health services in Derbyshire, have been working in partnership over the last 12 months with Derby Hospitals to explore whether it would be beneficial to develop this new service. As a result of this successful consultation the Liaison Team has been commissioned.

The Liaison Team will provide a rapid response for patients who attend the Accident and Emergency Department due to a physical health emergency providing an accessible and pro-active assessment. If a clinician feels that a patient may benefit from some guidance from the Liaison Team they will be readily accessible to provide advice, support and where helpful direct assessment to provide access to the help and support needed. The Liaison service will also be providing a Liaison service to the wards of Royal Derby Hospital to support patients as they progress toward discharge working with Royal Derby Hospital to ensure that they have needs matched support upon discharge.

Once fully operational the new service will provide:

  • one point of contact and access for the Royal Derby Hospital’s clinicians and patients

  • advice on alcohol problems, treatment options and referral to other community agencies

  • advice on substance misuse treatment options and access to services 

  • assessment of care needs of older people with mental health problems

  • early detection of mental health problems to enable rapid and appropriate intervention

  • continuity of care for people already known to mental health services

  • help with discharge planning, and general advice and support.

Steve Trenchard, Chief Executive said: “The Liaison Team will reduce the length of admissions and improve clinical outcomes; thereby enabling savings which we can put back into clinical care. The service is not designed or intended to rush clinical care for any individual but to avoid unnecessary delays in mental health services which can contribute to the deterioration of a patient’s condition.”