The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

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 and we work in partnership with Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

The team has produced a short film to help people understand what the service does, who it is for and how it helps people.

The Leeds Liaison Psychiatry Service has a number of specialist sub-teams split into outpatient, acute and inpatient service groups.

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. They 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).

Leeds and West Yorkshire CFS / ME Service

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.

Acute services

Inreach Liaison Psychiatry Team

The Liaison Psychiatry Inreach Service accepts referrals for general hospital inpatients aged 18 to 64 years who are receiving treatment at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT), who staff feel are presenting with a mental health condition.

The service operates Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm.

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 Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) and St James’s Hospital.

Healthcare professionals at LTHT can refer service users into the Liaison Psychiatry Inreach Service using the details below:

  • LGI and Chapel Allerton
    Telephone referrals can be made from Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm, tel: 0113 392 3204
  • St James’s Hospital and Seacroft Hospital
    Telephone referrals can be made from Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00 pm, tel: 0113 855 6730.

Out-of-hours cover is provided by on-call psychiatry core trainees and referrals can be made by calling our Trust’s switchboard on 0113 85 55000.

Acute Liaison Psychiatry Service (ALPS)

The Acute Liaison Psychiatry Service (ALPS) consists of 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, seven 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 Leeds Emergency Departments, or those who have self-harmed and are in either St James’s Hospital or LGI.

Healthcare professionals can make referrals into ALPS 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling the Trust’s switchboard on 0113 85 55000.

Inpatient services

Yorkshire Centre for Psychological Medicine

The Yorkshire Centre for Psychological Medicine (YCPM) is based at Leeds General Infirmary and offers an eight bed inpatient unit. The service delivers biopsychosocial care for people with complex medically unexplained symptoms or co-existing physical and psychological disorders.

YCPM website

Contact details

The Liaison Psychiatry Service is based across three different locations: