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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Psychological Medicine

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Training in Psychological Medicine

Liaison psychiatry is the subspecialty of general psychiatry that is concerned with the management of psychiatric illness in general medical settings.

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) is a leading acute teaching trust. It has over 1300 hospital beds and provides local service to the population of Oxfordshire as well as tertiary and quaternary services in number of medical and surgical specialties.

Liaison psychiatry is the subspecialty of general psychiatry that is concerned with the management of psychiatric illness in general medical settings. Because this work is becoming more about the integration of psychiatry into medicine than about merely liaising (linking) with it, and also increasingly involves disciplines other than psychiatry, such services are often called departments of psychological medicine, a term which may eventually replace liaison psychiatry as a name for the subspecialty.

The Department of Psychological Medicine is a multidisciplinary team employed by the acute trust, and collaborates closely with the University of Oxford psychological medicine research group who conduct research studies in OUH.

The clinical team includes:

  • psychiatrists
  • psychologists
  • nurses
  • occupational therapists
  • researchers
  • administrative staff.

We are integrated into a number of services including:

  • children's
  • maternity
  • oncology
  • palliative care
  • neurosciences
  • trauma
  • ITU
  • renal
  • acute general medicine

and we also provide an emergency service to the rest of the hospital.

The service to the Emergency Department is provided by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. The scope of the service will provide trainees with exposure to a diverse patient population, where long-term conditions frequently precipitate or perpetuate co-morbid mental health problems.

In keeping with the Collins report the trainee will be encouraged to view the whole patient and will have numerous opportunities to learn about and understand the interplay between mental and physical health and the importance of patient centred care.

Trainees will receive supervised experience in the assessment and management of:

  • deliberate self-harm
  • eating disorders
  • neuropsychiatry
  • palliative care
  • peri-natal
  • psychiatric emergencies in the acute hospital.

In particular trainees will gain experience in the area of old age psychiatry because of the increasing numbers of elderly people in the population and the special considerations needed in diagnosis and treatment.

There may also be an opportunity to participate in research studies.

Contact us

General enquiries

Robert Lacey
Psychological Medicine Team Administrator
Tel: 01865 223153
Email: robert.lacey@ouh.nhs.uk

Academic enquiries

Jane Walker
Senior clinical researcher
Tel: 01865 223634
Email: jane.walker@psych.ox.ac.uk