Dear Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust,

We are a group of clinicians & researchers carrying out a national evaluation of liaison psychiatry service provision in NHS hospitals across England. As part of this project, we are submitting FOI requests to all NHS Mental Health Trusts to ask about local policy and practice. We kindly request the following information as per the FOI Act 2000.

Our enquiries relate to the provision of liaison psychiatry services in adult general hospitals, including patients in inpatient wards or A&E departments. This research is conducted as part of an Academic Foundation Programme research post. No specific grant was awarded for this project. All findings will be de-identified from Hospitals or Trusts before publication.

1. At which general hospital(s) does your Trust provide liaison psychiatry services?

For each of the above hospitals, please answer the questions below:

2. Is there a written policy about prioritising patients who have been referred to liaison psychiatry, or determining which referrals to accept? (If No, please move to Question 6).

3. If so, is this policy made available to all (psychiatry and non-psychiatry) clinicians working within the general hospital? If so, please specify where (e.g. Trust intranet)?

4. Please attach the policy document if possible. We aim to extract only certain information from the policy document, so if the complete policy document cannot be sent, please send the following information:

a. Details on which locations this policy covers and which patients (i.e. inpatient ward/A&E/referrals) the policy covers.

b. Details on any guidelines to prioritise or determine which referrals to accept. Specifically:
i. Patients should be medically fit for discharge prior to review
ii. Patients should be medically fit for assessment prior to review
iii. No restriction applied; all patients are reviewed
iv. Any other methods used to prioritise patient referrals (please specify)

c. Whether the policy states which professional group (e.g. psychiatrist, psychologist, nurse) should review the referral and/or assess the patient? If so, please specify.

d. When was the policy last reviewed or updated?

5. When (if at all) was local practice last audited against this policy and what were the findings?

6. At your Trust, how do doctors refer patients to liaison psychiatry for review (e.g. by telephone, by electronic referral system, by email, by fax)?

Many thanks for your time. Please do not hesitate to get in touch by email if you have any questions or clarifications. We look forward to your reply.

Yours faithfully,

Dr George Gillett, 
Academic Foundation Programme Doctor
Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford 

Dr William Lee, 
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter Medical School.
Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist, Devon Partnership NHS Trust.


Dear Dr Gillett,




Thank you for your email dated 10/12/2019. Your request is being managed
under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.


We aim to provide you with a response within 20 working days as per the
statutory time limit, therefore you should receive a response by
10/01/2020. However, this may take longer where certain exemptions apply
or depending on the nature of your request. We will let you know in
advance if we need more time to complete your request. 


Should you have any queries in the meantime, please do not hesitate to
contact us at this address. Please remember to quote the reference number
above in any future communications.


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Kind regards



Paul Bransgrove

Information Governance Officer

E: [Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust request email]

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust | Bracken House | Bracton Lane | Leyton Cross
Road | Dartford | Kent | DA2 7AF

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Dear Dr Gillett,


Please find attached our response to your request under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 referenced FOI 5482


Kind regards,



Paul Bransgrove

Information Governance Officer

Email: [Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust request email]

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust / Bracken House / Bracton Lane / Leyton Cross
Road/ Dartford, Kent / DA2 7AF

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