Joining up physical and mental health

Future Scenario

Greg leads part of the liaison psychiatry service, which joins up mental health and physical health care when people need hospital treatment or urgent care. His team works in hospitals across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and is managed jointly by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust and North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust.

As well as helping to make sure that the NHS meets its commitment to give mental health the same priority as physical health, Greg believes that his service is based on principles which are fundamental to transforming care services in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

When people are admitted to hospital, the liaison psychiatry service focuses on helping them to recover and how they can be supported to return home. This requires a holistic approach – working across mental health and different hospital specialties, in partnership with the patient, and alongside carers, advocates, and social care providers – because keeping people well requires a team effort.

As a clinician, Greg wants to help shape new ways of working and sees his role as a great opportunity – both to help bring better outcomes for patients, and to develop his own professional skills.