Early Intervention is everybody’s business
The Access and Waiting Time Standard for Early Intervention services requires that at least 50 per cent of people experiencing a first episode of psychosis will be seen by an early intervention team, allocated a care coordinator and have started treatment with a NICE approved package of care, within 2 weeks of referral. The standard is aimed at people aged 14-65.
- First episode of psychosis is treatable; recovery is expected
- Early intervention services need to work alongside primary care services
- GP’s off continuity, context and family practice
- GP’s have a key role in the care pathway of emerging psychosis
- GP’s listen and act on the concerns of the family
- Physical health care of those with psychosis or on antipsychotic treatment, must be robust.
Below is a link to an awareness film aimed at clinicians working in primary care. This film can be used as a training aid in all GP practices.