Awareness of first episode of psychosis

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 two 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
  • GPs off continuity, context and family practice
  • GPs have a key role in the care pathway of emerging psychosis
  • GPs 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.