Increasing access to qualified mental health practitioners (Liaison Psychiatry) based within the Emergency Department to ensure that people presenting with a mental health crisis or presenting with dementia are treated with the same urgency as those presenting with a physical health crisis.
Extending this liaison team to seven days a week will support the acute wards and A&E in rapid assessment, interface and discharge of patients whilst providing patient centred care to these vulnerable groups. The team consists of liaison for Learning Disabilities, Dementia and Mental Health (Including Self harm)
• Improved clinical outcomes
• Avoiding unnecessary admissions to medical wards with emphasis on diversion and discharge from A&E
• Facilitating early, safe and supportive discharge from general medical wards
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