New Mental Health University Liaison Service for students in Cardiff

From April 2022 a new NHS Mental Health Service called the Mental Health University Liaison Service will be piloting in Cardiff for students requiring referral for mental health assessment and advice.

You can access this service via a referral from the University Student Services department, Adult Liaison Psychiatry, or their GP.  But this is not a self-referral service.

The new NHS team is for students who require an NHS assessment for moderate mental health problems or more complex long-standing mental health issues, and will be based within student support services on university campuses to complement the existing service. 

The pilot has been developed by the South East Wales Mental Health Partnership (consisting of the SU's and Universities of Cardiff Met, Cardiff, USW, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board).  The new service will be available for students studying at these higher education institutions.   

Phase one of the pilot is for students who live in the Cardiff area, who’s healthcare is supported by the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.  For students who live outside this area the project is improving links with neighbouring health boards Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board to improve the ability to refer to the appropriate mental health services as needed by the student.

The initial funding for phase one is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) until December 2022. Plans for a phase 2 to continue to develop and assess the team are agreed until summer 2023.  If the pilot is a success there will be development of a joint funding model and partnership agreement to keep the new team operational from September 2023.