This week we received the fantastic news that The Rapid Response Liaison Psychiatry (RRLP) teams based at both Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) and Sherwood Forest Hospitas NHS Foundation Trust (SFH), in addition to the Department of Psychological Medicine (DPM) at NUH were re-accredited under the Psychiatric Liaison Psychiatry Network standards (PLAN)
The Psychiatric Liaison Accreditation Network was established in 2009 to support in the quality improvement of psychiatric liaison teams in the UK and Ireland. It is one of over 20 networks within the College Centre for Quality Improvement (CCQI) within the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
The PLAN standards provide a clear and comprehensive description of best practice in liaison psychiatry services, the RRLP NUH team were the first team Nationally to undergo a virtual accreditation panel.
The standards are based on the available literature and extensive consultation with staff, patients and carers with experience in liaison psychiatry.
This is a significant achievement not only to be re accredited but to do so amidst the current pressures. Congratulations to all teams.