Liaison Psychiatry

Learning Outcomes

Job Summary:

Liaison Psychiatry (psychological medicine) is in the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford and covers the whole of OXFORD UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST. The service has 10 consultant psychiatrists and 20 psychologists and is part of the acute trust.

Consultant psychiatrists are integrated into acute and geriatric medicine, neurosciences, palliative medicine, oncology, obstetrics and children’s services. There are outpatient clinics in oncology, obstetrics, neuropsychiatry, medicine and paediatrics. Referrals are also received from all sites and departments across OUH. There will be opportunities to work across these departments depending on personal interest as well as attend clinics.


Based in the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford and covering all of OXFORD UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST.

Shift pattern (lates/nights/weekends etc)

No shift or night working.

Top tips for extra opportunities (e.g. teaching/skills)

Plenty of opportunities to see patients independently and increase skills and knowledge in psychiatric conditions. Consultants are happy for you to attend clinics with them.

Opportunities to get involved in teaching for medical students on four week attachments to the department, foundation doctors, nurses, and midwives.

Ample opportunity to be involved in audits.


  • Well supported but plenty of opportunity to manage patients independently.
  • Consultants very willing to teach and weekly tutorials consolidate knowledge and allow time to complete WBPAs.
  • Able to spend time in particular areas of interest.


  • Patients are often complex with multiple medical co-morbidities as well as mental health concerns.

The details are correct at the time of writing but are subject to change.