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Improved liaison psychiatry services could save the NHS millions, says report

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f7641 (Published 20 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7641
  1. Keir Stone-Brown
  1. 1London

The NHS could potentially save millions of pounds a year if every acute hospital had appropriate liaison psychiatry services, according to a new report from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Liaison psychiatry for every acute trust—which is supported by six professional bodies including the Royal College of General Practitioners, Royal College of Physicians, and Royal College of Nursing—calls for an integrated approach to the mental health needs of patients being treated for physical conditions.1

Liaison psychiatric teams are called on by hospital staff when …

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