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Liaison Psychiatry

Liaison Psychiatry services meet the psychological needs of people who are being treated primarily for physical health problems or symptoms. They are usually provided to people attending general or acute hospitals.


The Leeds Liaison Psychiatry Service has a number of specialist teams:


Outpatient Services

Liaison Psychiatry Outpatient Service

The outpatient team has particular expertise in addressing problems that have arisen at the interface between mental and physical health. We offer assessment and treatment to people who have a mixture of psychological and physical difficulties. 

Leeds and West Yorkshire Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / ME Service

This is a specialist NHS service that seeks to meet the needs of people who have a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), also referred to as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). 

Psychosexual Medicine Service

The psychosexual medicine service provides a service for people experiencing sexual problems such as: impaired sexual interest or arousal, erectile problems, ejaculatory problems, orgasmic problems, vaginismus, dyspareunia, and sexual aversion/phobias. Tel: 0113 392 8158

The Leeds Psycho-oncology Service

The Leeds psycho-oncology service aims to meet the psychosocial needs of all oncology and palliative care patients. The goal of the service is to reduce psychological distress and improve psychological well-being in patients, relatives and staff within the oncology and palliative care services.


Referrals can be made by any professional working in Oncology and Palliative Care and can be in writing, or by telephone (inpatients only).  Tel: 0113 305 6730.


Inpatient Services

Yorkshire Centre for Psychological Medicine

Our in-patient unit (the Yorkshire Centre for Psychological Medicine (YCPM) at Leeds General Infirmary) delivers biopsychosocial care for people with complex medically unexplained symptoms or co-existing physical and psychological disorders.
Much more information about this service can be found on the dedicated YCPM webpage.


Acute Services

Inreach Liaison Psychiatry Team

The Liaison Psychiatry Inreach Service accepts referrals for any general hospital (LTHT) inpatient, under the age of 65 years, who staff feel is presenting with a mental health condition, Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm. 

Acute Liaison Psychiatry Service (ALPS)

ALPS assess any patient in the Emergency Departments of either St James's or the LGI, or any patient within either hospital who has self-harmed, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. More information is here.


Liaison Psychiatry Service explanation courtesy of CNWL NHS Foundation Trust.

Who are we?

The Leeds Liaison Psychiatry Outpatient Team consists of a mix of clinicians, all of whom are from a mental health background and all of whom have additional skills in adapting psychological interventions for use with those who are experiencing physical health symptoms.  

Our aim

To improve the mental wellbeing of people with mental health conditions strongly associated with physical health problems

The Team

We are a multidisciplinary team, with different skills and expertise. People will be seen by the most appropriate clinician for their needs. The team consists of:

• Liaison Psychiatrists
• Liaison Mental Health Nurses
• Occupational Therapists
• Cognitive Behavioural Therapists
• Physiotherapist
• Administrative support

Our Interventions

• Creating a shared understanding of the individual’s difficulties 
• Exploring how the individual views their illness and symptoms
• Providing evidence-based bio-psycho-social treatment of mental health conditions 
• Providing brief psychological therapies such as: 
• Anxiety management 
• Behavioural activation 
• Relaxation therapy 
• Pacing and Grading 
• Psycho-education 
• Coping skills therapy 
• Providing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

All of the clinicians work in outpatient clinics, either at St James’ Hospital or at the Leeds General Infirmary. We cannot usually offer home visits.


Referrals can be made by any health care professional.  We see people from Leeds and the surrounding areas. Our referral criteria can be found here.

Contact details

The team are based across 2 sites, and either team can be contacted:

Department of Liaison Psychiatry, Becklin Centre, Leeds, LS9 7BE  Tel: 0113 3056730

Department of Liaison Psychiatry, Rose Garden Suite, Leeds General Infirmary, LS1 3EX   Tel: 0113 3923204

Inreach + Acute Liaison Psychiatry Service (ALPS)

The Liaison Psychiatry Inreach Service

The Liaison Psychiatry Inreach Service consists of a team of multidisciplinary mental health professionals and accepts referrals for any general hospital inpatient, under the age of 65 years, who staff feel is presenting with a mental health condition. The aim of this service is to provide a biopsychosocial assessment, formulation, treatment and management plan for the wide range of mental health conditions associated with physical health problems, which present on the wards of LGI and St James’s.

LGI and Chapel Allerton – telephone referral Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm 0113 2923204

St James’ and Seacroft Hospital – telephone referral Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm 0113 3056730

Out of hours Inreach cover is provided by Oncall Psychatry Core Trainees – telephone referral via LYPFT switchboard 0113 30 56800

The Acute Liaison Psychiatry Service (ALPS)

ALPS are a team of multidisciplinary mental health professionals who have specific expertise in helping people who harm themselves or have acute mental health problems. The team operates over a 24 hour period, 7 days a week, assessing men and women over the age of 18 years who are experiencing acute mental health problems and present to either of the city’s Emergency Departments, or those who have self-harmed and are in either St James’s or the LGI.

24 hours a day, 7 days a week - telephone referral through LYPFT switchboard 0113 3056800.