Liaison Psychiatry for Older People

Older people's mental health assessment in hospital.

The Team

The liaison psychiatry service for older people is provided for:

  • older people (aged 65 years and over) who have a physical illness and co-existent psychiatric disorder (predominantly depression, delirium or dementia).
  • older people with physical symptoms that have a psychological origin.
  • older people with physical illness and associated psychological or emotional problems.

We aim to:

  • provide responsive and comprehensive mental health assessment of older people at Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital.
  • work collaboratively with health care professionals in the general hospital setting to meet the mental health needs of older people and promote patient centred care.
  • provide advice, education and support on mental health issues to healthcare professionals, older people and their carers whilst in general hospital.
  • provide the highest quality of service possible for the population within available resources.
  • maintain and develop close links with Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust community mental health teams for older people.
  • use the care programme approach to ensure continuation of care for service users and their families.
  • communicate effectively with all agencies involved in the older person's care, including the primary care team.
  • use evidence-based practice (in other words, treatment that has been proved to work effectively) to provide high quality care.
  • implement and comply with the Mental Health Act 1983.
  • act within the Mental Capacity Act 2005: every adult has the right to make his or her own decisions and must be assumed to have capacity to do so unless it is proved otherwise.
  • maintain links with universities and training establishments to develop the skills of staff and contribute to research initiatives.

Contact details

Tel: 01482 675376


Department of Psychological Medicine
(off Gladstone Street)
220-236 Anlaby Road