Annabel works as a consultant in liaison psychiatry for older adults and is the Associate Specialist Director for Palliative Care at the University of Cambridge Clinical School, and has been a member of the national Liaison Psychiatry Faculty for eight years, serving as Vice Chair for the last four.
Stepping up into the lead role in late June, Annabel will serve a further four-year term as Chair.
Liaison psychiatrists provide mental health care to patients attending general hospitals, in outpatient clinics, accident and emergency departments, and inpatient wards, bridging the gap between physical and psychological health. Many medical and surgical patients require psychiatric treatments and psychological therapies.
In her election statement to the College, Annabel (pictured) said: “This has been a hard year for us all, but the adaptability and creativity shown by our specialty has been astonishing, and I’ve never been more proud to call myself a liaison psychiatrist. Being part of a team that brings together doctors, nurses, psychologists, and experts by experience makes for an inclusive approach grounded in the real life of services. I will ensure that all aspects of faculty work continue to be driven by the pursuit of the highest standards of care for patients.”
Liaison Psychiatry Faculty members have expertise in research, education, business strategy, public communication and policy development and work with national networks to make high quality, evidence-based treatment widely available, delivering compassionate and well-integrated mental health care for anyone accessing physical health care, as well as developing excellent clinicians, teachers and researchers.
Outgoing Faculty Chair Dr Jim Bolton said: “I have greatly valued working with Annabel in her former role as Vice Chair of the Faculty of Liaison Psychiatry. She has been an unfailing source of support, especially during the pandemic. Not only have I and colleagues benefitted from Annabel’s extensive clinical experience, but also her dedication and diplomacy. I know that under Annabel’s leadership, the Faculty is in safe hands. Her number one priority has always been patient care. The pandemic has highlighted the need to address both the mind and body in clinical practice. With Annabel’s guidance I am sure that we will see an increase in the quality of care that liaison psychiatry services provide for patients in the general hospital, and those with mental health problems in the context of physical illness.”
Read more from Annabel and Jim in the Spring 2021 Faculty of Liaison Psychiatry Newsletter.