Transformation Funding for Urgent and Emergency Liaison Mental Health Services

Applications are now open for new transformation funding for urgent and emergency liaison mental health services in acute hospitals.

The purpose is to expand the provision of liaison mental health services in providing specialist, compassionate assessment, detection and treatment of mental ill health in general acute hospitals.

Development and improvement of these services has been set out in NHS planning guidance for three consecutive years, and delivery is now being evaluated through the CCG Improvement and Assessment Framework. Key national metrics and CCG-level spend on liaison services are now available for viewing in the new Mental Health Five Year Forward View Dashboard. The Care Quality Commission also inspects liaison mental health services as part of its overall ratings for acute hospitals.

Funding is being made available in two phases from 2017/18 in support of the national commitment to delivering a ‘core 24’ standard of liaison mental health services for adults and older adults in emergency departments and general inpatient wards in at least 50% of acute hospitals by 2020/21.

Bidding for Wave 1 is open until Wednesday 18 January 2017 and A&E Delivery Boards are now invited via STPs to submit funding proposals to be assured by their regional Urgent and Emergency Care PMOs for a total of £30m non-recurrent funding over two years in 2017/18 (£15m) and 2018/19 (£15m).  Bidding for Wave 2 will run during autumn 2018 for a further £90m over 2019/20 and 2020/21.
Proposals must demonstrate how acute hospitals will achieve and sustain the ‘core 24’ standard of services for people in emergency departments and general inpatient wards, and should be submitted by A&E Delivery Boards via STPs to regional UEC PMOs, copied to, before 5pm on Wednesday 18 January 2017.

New implementation guidance for urgent and emergency mental health liaison in acute hospitals is now available, and will support the development of applications. This is the first such national guidance that has been published by NHS England setting out recommendations for liaison mental health services in acute hospitals, including recommended response times, evidence-based interventions and measurement of clinician and patient reported outcomes and experience metrics as indicators of NICE-concordant care.
Additional information on the fund is available below: