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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 (Please see below for more detail)

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 3928158

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 8556730.


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)

Liaison Psychiatry supports people whose physical health problems have led them to experience emotional difficulties.

Many of the people who use the Acute Liaison Psychiatry Service (ALPS) are referred from the general hospital and have been receiving treatment for physical health problems. They often say it can be confusing and sometimes frightening for them to be referred to a "mental health team".

Our team has produced a short film to help people understand what the service does, who it is for and how it helps people (see below). 

The film features three people; Val, Russ and Yvonne, who have benefitted from the service. They agreed to talk on film about their experiences of mental health difficulties and describe how they developed psychological difficulties after becoming physically unwell, and how working with our team helped improve both their mental health and their quality of life.

The film also features Dr Chris Hosker, Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist at Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, who talks about how the service works.


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 855 6730

Department of Liaison Psychiatry, Rose Garden Suite, Leeds General Infirmary, LS1 3EX. Tel: 0113 392 3204

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 392 3204

St James’ and Seacroft Hospital – telephone referral Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm 0113 855 6730

Out of hours Inreach cover is provided by Oncall Psychatry Core Trainees – telephone referral via LYPFT switchboard 0113 855 5000

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 855 5000.

**NEW** Please click here to read all Liiaison Psychiatry annual reviews for 2014/15