COMMERCIAL: The north London mental health trust have won a contract to provide a liaison service in the Royal Free London’s A&E.

A report to the board of the most recent BEH MH trust board in May said: “Just before Christmas, we were approached by Katie Donlevy, a director at the RFH, asking if we could put in place a liaison service to supplement their service from Camden and Islington Foundation Trust, in order to reduce their four-hour breaches, where mental health cases are greatly overrepresented.

“With support from directors, the service, covering 4-10pm, seven days a week, was operational by the second week in January. The results of the pilot included a halving of breaches, and very high levels of satisfaction from A&E staff. As a result, we are now working collaboratively with C&IFT and RFH in a rapid development of the specifications for a full-scale liaison service across the hospital.

“As well as bringing us a new contract,size yet to be determined, a successful service specification will help us in separate negotiations over similar services with Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals Trust and the North Middlesex University Hospital Trust.”