Welcome to the Paediatric Liaison Psychiatry Team at the Royal Hospital for Children (RHC). We are a specialist multi-disciplinary team offering mental health assessment and interventions for children and young people who are inpatients at the RHC or who have regular input from RHC medical or surgical teams.
Who Are We?
A multi-disciplinary team comprising of:
*Medical, nursing and clinical psychology trainees are often part of the team.
Our specialist team is available to children of all ages, all ranges of learning ability and from all geographical areas, as long as there is a clear role for the Paediatric Liaison Team.
Children and young people who are inpatients in the hospital are generally seen within one working day of referral, and there is usually no waiting list for standard out-patient appointments.
We also provide an on-call service for advice and assessment regarding acute mental health presentations in children and adolescents within the RHC, and under-18s presenting in A&E at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Queen Elizabeth University Hospitals. We actively participate in research and audit to improve patient care.
How can we help?
We can offer a number of services:
The Way We Work
We offer initial assessment to determine what service would be most helpful. Where possible the child or young person and their family are assessed initially by two members of the team. We frequently find it useful to work together with paediatric colleagues to complete an assessment.
Following assessment, we may discuss referral to another service that would be more appropriate to meet the child and family’s needs. If our service is the most appropriate we may offer individual work, family work and/or medication advice as deemed appropriate. In some cases we may refer the case on to a more appropriate service.
The team uses a range of therapies including:
Families may be seen on either an inpatient or out-patient basis, or a combination of both.
Reasons for Referral
Referrals are accepted where there are complex mental health needs. Common reasons for referral include:
How do I make a referral?
We accept referrals from hospital consultants, nurse specialists, allied health professionals and locality CAMHS.
All referrals should be directed to the Paediatric Liaison Psychiatry Business Support Team in the first instance - 0141 451 6529 (86529 for internal calls).
What if it’s urgent?
It is expected that urgent referrals will be made via telephone contact. The team offers an on-call service Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. If an urgent psychiatric response is specifically required and cannot be achieved within team working hours, the referral is passed to the Out of Hours duty clinician available via RHC switchboard (0141 201 0000).
When making an urgent referral, please provide the following information:
* Urgent referrals are seen within 24 hours
What if it’s Non-Urgent?
For non-urgent referrals, we require that referrers provide the following essential written details:
The Paediatric Liaison Psychiatry Business Support Team will provide a referral pro-forma for completion to action referral. The team meets weekly on Wednesday morning to review new referrals and discuss appropriateness.
Out of Hours Services
Out with the Paediatric Liaison Psychiatry working hours, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, emergency referrals should be directed to the Out of Hours duty clinician, accessed by phoning RHC switchboard on 0141 201 0000 (1000 for internal calls).
Alternative Services - community and hospital based
The Paediatric Liaison Psychiatry team is one of a number of services available to meet the emotional and behavioural needs of children, young people and families. Other services include:
Services based at the Royal Hospital for Children:
Community based services
If there is uncertainty about which service is most suitable for a referral, this can be discussed with our on call clinician, who is responsible for taking referrals that day. Referrals that require psychological input based within RHC, but not the expertise of a multi-disciplinary mental health team, may be discussed with the Paediatric Clinical Psychology Service.
If RHC based input is not required, but there is a mental health need, referrals may be passed to an appropriate community team or specialist service after discussion with the referrer, or guidance may be given on services and resources.