About the course
The integration of mental with physical healthcare is a high priority in the modern NHS. Liaison psychiatry is the exciting field of mental healthcare working at the frontline of general hospital and community medicine. Whether it’s providing 24-hour crisis care in the emergency department or managing complex cases on the wards, liaison psychiatrists and psychiatric liaison nurses fascinating and challenging clinical scenarios at the intersection of mental and physical medicine. As well as providing direct clinical care, liaison staff may be involved in complex legal and ethical decision-making, advocating for patients’ holistic care, and co-learning with medical and surgical colleagues. This makes liaison psychiatry one of the most interesting and rewarding fields of mental health.
This 5 day course will provide a stimulating learning experience from beginning to end, using group work, clinical case discussion, interactive exercises, and a full day of high-fidelity simulation to give you the opportunity to put new-found knowledge and skills into practice. Each topic will be taught by an expert clinician from South London and Maudsley (SLaM), King’s College, and St Thomas’ Hospitals so that you get the most up-to-date and evidence-based information from each speciality.
The Maudsley Learning Liaison Psychiatry Summer School will cover the following topics:
- Co-working in the emergency department
- Advanced risk assessment (suicide and self-harm)
- Psychotherapeutic skills in the emergency department
- Neuropsychiatry, functional disorders, and medically unexplained symptoms
- Mental capacity and the law in liaison settings
- Substance misuse in liaison settings and dual diagnosis
- Novel psychoactive substances and chemsex
- Psychopharmacology in the medically ill
- Child and adolescent liaison
- Old age liaison
- Perinatal psychiatry
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After taking this course, participants will be able to:
- Describe the role of liaison psychiatry in general hospital settings
- Discuss the complex interaction of physical and mental health
- Assess patients presenting with a range of common general and subspecialist liaison psychiatry presentations
- Discuss the role of liaison subspecialties
- Use advanced skills to assess and manage risk in the emergency department
FY3, GP, GPVTS, Midwife, Nurse associate, Psychology student, RGN, RMN, ST4-7 – non-psychiatry any, ST4-7 – psychiatry
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The fusion of Education and the Health Service is extremely exciting and now indeed essential; I am thrilled that St Mary’s is at the forefront of this. I am truly invigorated to disseminate many nuggets of wisdom and tangible strategies gained yesterday to my entire school community.
The knowledge and skills help children in many areas e.g. friendships, learning, attitude, dealing with problems at home and school. Skills will stay with them as they progress helping them to be reflective and emotionally resilient.