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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. More information can be found here.

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). More information can be found here.

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. More information is here.

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.



A video explaining Liaison Psychiatry can be viewed below.


Liaison Psychiatry Service explanation courtesy of CNWL NHS Foundation Trust.