Evaluation of a mental health liaison team. Part 2: the themes and their effect on practice
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Evaluation of a mental health liaison team. Part 2: the themes and their effect on practice

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. Managing these patients can be challenging for clinical staff who often lack the specialist knowledge and skills required to provide appropriate care. This article, part two of two on the evaluation of a newly formed mental health liaison team (MHLT) working in a general hospital, focuses on the perceptions and experiences of the MHLT participants, and explores three sub-themes derived from the interview data. The article considers the effect of these themes on practice, and the relationship between MHLT members and staff in EDs and the wider hospital.

Emergency Nurse. 25, 8,23-26. doi: 10.7748/en.2017.e1747

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