Early intervention in psychosis

The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health states that by 2020/21 at least 60% of people with first episode psychosis starting treatment with a NICE-recommended package of care with a specialist early intervention in psychosis (EIP) service do so within two weeks of referral.

East Midlands Mental Health Clinical Network is facilitating local systems across the East Midlands to improve EIP services in line with national targets, which includes reducing waiting times, improving access to NICE compliant treatments, and supporting better access to education and training for EIP clinicians and other health professionals.

The network support offer includes:

Overseeing the delivery of an education and training programme for GPs on psychosis and referral pathways to EIP services

Facilitating working groups to improve EIP services including meeting the needs of people at risk of psychosis and hard to reach populations, developing service models, and developing systems for measuring outcomes

For more information regarding the Early Intervention in Psychosis work programme please contact: Dr Ian Rothera, Network Senior Quality Improvement Manager