Evaluation of a mental health liaison team. Part 1: background and literature review
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Evaluation of a mental health liaison team. Part 1: background and literature review

Alex McClimens Senior research fellow, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, England
Shona Kelly Professor of interdisciplinary health research, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, England
Mubarak Ismail Research fellow, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, England
Jeff Breckon Head of behavioural change research group, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, England

Hospitals and emergency departments (EDs) are caring for increasing numbers of patients who present with underlying mental health issues. Management of these patients can be challenging for clinical staff who often lack the specialist knowledge and skills required to provide appropriate care. In April 2015, a mental health liaison service was introduced in Rotherham Hospital as part of a two-year pilot scheme. The aim was to provide assessment and treatment of adults with mental health problems admitted to the hospital. An evaluation of the new service was undertaken to assess the effects of the service. This article, part one of two, reviews the literature, as well as outlining the background to, and method of, evaluation. Part two, which will be published in December, examines the themes revealed by analysis of the service participants’ responses.

Emergency Nurse. 25, 7,31-34. doi: 10.7748/en.2017.e1746

Correspondence

A.McClimens@shu.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict of interest

None declared

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Received: 15 June 2017

Accepted: 26 July 2017