#WeMHNs - Monday 18th December 2017 8pm (GMT Standard Time) Training for A&E mental health liaison teams

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Training for A&E mental health liaison teams

On the 18th of December 8-9pm we are hosting a #WeMHNs chat to get feedback on what should be in a training programme for A&E liaison mental health teams

As with all our chats, everyone is welcome to join the conversation. Whether you are a mental health nurse, service user, carer, other health care professional, student, academic or citizen with an interest in the subject, we would like to hear your thoughts!


Liaison Mental Health is a distinct specialism which sits at the interface between physical and mental health. The specialised workforce provides assessments and interventions to service users, whilst also supporting non-mental health colleagues within hospitals to understand mental health symptoms and distress within this environment. The programme aims to improve skills and knowledge of these frontline staff who have responsibility for assessing and treating people who may be experiencing mental health distress when in hospital.

North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has partnered with the University of Salford to deliver Liaison Mental Health training across the North West. The partnership is the first of its kind in the UK and will combine clinical knowledge and skills to develop a bespoke, practical programme for all staff across the North West who work in a front-facing Liaison Mental Health role. 

A broad outline of our provisional training programme includes modules on biopsychosocial assessmentand outcome measurement, dementia and delirium, self-harm and suicide, psychosis, common mental health presentations, substance misuse, Liaison Menta lHealth specific interventions, however over the next nine months we will develop the programme based on the feedback from face to face and Twitter listening events. The programme will then be delivered to 150 staff who work in Liaison Mental Health roles within hospital sites across Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire and South Cumbria.  Whilst this is a Health Education England North West initiative, we welcome a national view for learning and contribution to help shape the development of the programme. 

We have opened this discussion up to Twitter as we welcome the views of people who work within Liaison Mental Health services, the Acute healthcare setting, service users and their support network who have utilised and had contact with Liaison Mental Health services.  We want your voice to help us to shape our programme and to ensure that it has a positive impact on the development of the training, the clinical impact and service user experience. 

We welcome you to this chat and thank you in advance for your contributions.


What do you think the training for A&E liaison mental health teams should look like?

Which areas do you think the training should cover?

Who do you think the training should be for?

What impact do you think the training should have?

How would you want the training to impact on peoples’ experiences?

What should the training be called?

Is there anything else/ other ideas you have about training for A&E liaison mental health teams you would like to say?

Thank you to Gary @gazlamph and Claire for writing the prechat information.


The Liaison Mental Health Training programme is an initiative funded by Health Education EnglandNorth West, which is jointly led by Clinical Lead from the North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NWBH); Dr Claire Bullen-Foster and Academic Lead; Gary Lamph from The University of Salford.

Claire is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical and Strategic Lead for Liaison Mental Health with NWBH.  She has worked clinically within the specialism for five years and is passionate about the needs of the multidisciplinary workforce that work across this complex interface of physical and mental health. Claire is also Clinical Lead for Mental Health for the North West Coast Strategic Clinical Network, hosted by NHS England.

Gary is a registered Mental Health Nurse and British Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapist Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist.  Gary has worked in a variety of mental health services including forensic medium secure units,  mental health rehabilitation, Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment,  Early Intervention in Psychosis, Psychological therapy services both in secondary (with complex cases) and primary care IAPT services.  Gary's last position in the NHS was in Personality Disorder Services as an Advanced Practitioner and Strategic Lead of the Wigan Multi-agency Personality Disorder Strategy.  In 2011 Gary won the National Nursing Times Award in Mental Health for his work in developing this role.  Prior to joining the University of Salford in January 2017 Gary completed a National Institute of Health Research funded full time Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship.

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