This specification was designed to assist commissioners in the delivery of a service to support general and community hospitals in delivering better care to people with dementia. It was released as part of the Dementia Commissioning Pack in mid-2011, but was not catalogued in sufficient detail at the time.
The service specification covers the purpose of the service, including the national and local context, and other considerations concerning the scope of the service including patients, exclusion criteria, equity of access to services, geographical coverage / boundaries, referral sources, interdependencies with other services, local terms of service and days / hours of operation.
Stages of a mental health liaison service pathway include:
- Assessment and diagnosis.
- Supporting good clinical care.
- Discharge support.
Department of Health (2011). Service specification for dementia: mental health liaison service for general and community hospitals. Leeds: Department of Health, July 2011.
Related Information Sources
Readers may also be interested in “Case for change – mental health liaison service for dementia care in hospitals: Evidence” and “Guidance for commissioners of liaison mental health services to acute hospitals. Volume Two: Practical mental health commissioning“.