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Understanding liaison psychiatry commissioning: An observational study

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posted on 2023-08-30, 17:21 authored by Matt Fossey, Lauren R. Godier-McBard, Elspeth Guthrie, Jenny Hewison, Peter Trigwell, Chris Smith, Allan House
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore the challenges that are experienced by staff responsible for commissioning liaison psychiatry services and to establish if these are shared by other health professionals. Design/methodology/approach: Using a mixed-methods design, the findings from a mental health commissioner workshop (n = 12) were used to construct a survey that was distributed to health care professionals using an opportunistic framework (n = 98). Findings: Four key themes emerged from the workshop, which was tested using the survey. The importance of secure funding; a better understanding of health care systems and pathways; partnership working and co-production and; access to mental health clinical information in general hospitals. There was broad convergence between commissioners, mental health clinicians and managers, except in relation to gathering and sharing of data. This suggests that poor communication between professionals is of concern. Research limitations/implications: There were a small number of survey respondents (n = 98). The sampling used an opportunistic framework that targeted commissioner and clinician forums. Using an opportunistic framework, the sample may not be representative. Additionally, multiple pairwise comparisons were conducted during the analysis of the survey responses, increasing the risk that significant results were found by chance. Practical implications: A number of steps were identified that could be applied in practice. These mainly related to the importance of collecting and communicating data and co-production with commissioners in the design, development and monitoring of liaison psychiatry services. Originality/value: This is the first study that has specifically considered the challenges associated with the commissioning of liaison psychiatry services.



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