25 Nov 2015
On Friday 20 and Saturday 21 November, the 14th annual liaison psychiatry meeting for trainees and new consultants took place. Chaired by Dr Christopher Hilton, consultant liaison psychiatrist at West London Mental Health Trust, the event explored the future of integrated mental health care.
Associated with the Royal College of Psychiatrists, this group uniquely exists to excite trainees in pursuing liaison as a career. It helps support new consultants in developing their clinical knowledge, as well as proving the opportunity to network and to learn about service developments at a time of rapid expansion in the specialty.
The meeting included various high-profile speakers, such as the national clinical director for mental health, winners of HSJ and BMJ awards for integrated models of mental health care, and one of the founders of Liaison Psychiatry. They discussed a wide range of topics around integrated healthcare, such as the impact of a psychotherapeutic ethos on GPs and patients, and the three dimensions of care for diabetes. A service user from West London Mental Health Trust also outlined the importance of co-production.
Dr Chris Hilton said: “This was a fantastic opportunity to put together a programme to highlight the integrated work and psychological medicine that is going on across the capital, and to bring together so many enthusiastic delegates to learn together. I’m really proud that we were able to combine a programme which reflected the broad expertise of Liaison Psychiatry – where else would an audience be presented with the epidemiology and treatment approaches of syphilis and chest radiographs from ITU patients, alongside co-production approaches with service users and quotations from Freud?!”