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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
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Liaison Psychiatry 

The Liaison Psychiatry team is a specialist multidisciplinary mental health service, working within all acute hospitals in Birmingham for people over the age of 16.

We work closely with other hospital psychologists and alcohol practitioners, as well as the acute hospital clinicians. 

Liaison Psychiatry was launched in December 2014 by Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and is open to anyone who works in or is interested in liaison psychiatry/acute mental health liaison services. 

The Liaison Psychiatry service is for people with mental health or substance misuse needs who access accident and emergency (A&E) departments in hospitals in Birmingham and Solihull.

We provide:

  • one point of contact and access for the acute hospital,

  • every referral in A&E to be seen within one hour and all other referrals seen within 24 hours, with appropriate and timely review,

  • advice on alcohol problems, including detoxifi cation and referral to our ‘morning after clinic’ or other community agencies,

  • advice on substance misuse treatment, including methadone maintenance,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.


The team comprises of nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists and physicians assistants who are experienced at working in mental health.

There are specialists in working age mental health, drug, alcohol and mental disorders common in older people.

Referrals are made internally within the hospital accident and emergency department.