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Implementing Paediatric Liaison: audit of staff perceptions and service use
  1. L Perera1,
  2. S Taylor1,2,
  3. S Laurent1
  1. 1
    Barnet General Hospital, Enfield, UK
  2. 2
    St Mary’s NHS Trust, London, UK
  1. Dr L Perera, Barnet General Hospital, Wellhouse Lane, Enfield, Herts EN5 3DJ, UK; leonieperera{at}doctors.org.uk

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The National Service Framework for Children1 advocates that the mental health of children/families who are inpatients or who have chronic conditions should be actively addressed. One-fifth of paediatric referrals are for emotional/behavioural problems.2 Depression in diabetic children is 2–3 times more prevalent than in healthy counterparts.3 A Paediatric Liaison Psychiatry (PLP) service was started in August 2005 after identifying that an “unmet need” existed at Barnet Hospital. Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) funding was obtained for a PLP psychiatrist (six sessions), specialist nurse (five sessions) and psychotherapist (one session). A retrospective audit was conducted to compare the perceived value of the …

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