The Cambridge Liaison Psychiatry Service is based at Cambridge University Hospital (Addenbrooke's)

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Who are we?

We are an award winning specialist team of mental health professionals – doctors (psychiatrists), nurses, psychologists, social workers, peer support workers and administrative staff.

Who is the service for?

CUH patients with a full range of mental health problems that are either inpatients, attending the Emergency Department or have been referred to our specialists outpatient service.

There are four groups of people who normally benefit with our input:

  • People with physical disorders which have impacted on their mental well-being or are causing emotional distress.
  • People with time limited mental disorders such as adjustment disorders, anxiety disorders, depression or acute confusional states. Timely brief interventions can improve health outcomes and reduce length of stay.
  • People with physical disorders as a result of alcohol or substance misuse.
  • People with longer term conditions associated with risk including:
    • Severe enduring mental disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar
    • Diagnosed or suspected dementia / chronic and significant cognitive
    • Longer term disorders associated with high general medical services utilisation as a result of abnormal illness
      behaviour such as medically unexplained symptoms.
    • Severe personality disorders where continued contact and support has
      been shown to be of benefit.
    • Mental disorders associated with significant risk of self-harm or harm to
      others or where level of support required exceeds that which can normally
      be provided by a primary care team.
    • Complex management problems requiring interventions under the Mental
      Health Act (2007) or Mental Capacity Act (2005).

Specialist outpatient clinics are run by senior clinicians and include:

  • General Liaison Psychiatry
  • Substance misuse
  • Transplant
  • Trauma
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Psycho-oncology
  • Psychological treatments e.g.Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Cognitive Analytical Therapy.

Who can refer?

Referrals are accepted from all Addenbrooke’s medical and surgical teams.

An "excellent" service – PLAN accreditation

The Psychiatric Liaison Accreditation Network is run by the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Centre for Quality Improvement (CCQI).
PLAN is open to all liaison psychiatry services in the UK and Ireland. Its aim is to support services to continually improve and develop, at a suitable pace. 
We have been a member of PLAN since it started and are proud that we have achieved an "Excellent" rating in all our cycles of this accreditation process. This would not have been possible without the tremendous support we received from our colleagues and patients – so a very big “Thank You” to all.

Inpatient and Outpatient Services

9am to 5pm  Monday to Friday

Emergency Department Services

7am to 12pm  7-days

Where is it?

Box 190, Addenbrookes Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 OQQ

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Contact the service

T 01223 216167
F 01223 596305


The page was last updated on 31 October 2019 by andrea.bateman.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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