In 2011, “No Health without Mental Health” highlighted the effectiveness of early intervention services for people experiencing first episode psychosis. There is good evidence that these early intervention in psychosis (EIP) services, when delivered in accordance with NICE standards, help people to recover from a first episode of psychosis and to gain a good quality of life.
More than 50% of people experiencing a first episode of psychosis will be treated with a NICE approved care package within two weeks of referral.
The standard has two elements and both conditions must be met for the standard to be deemed to have been achieved:
1. A maximum wait of two weeks from referral to treatment; and
Most initial episodes of psychosis occur between early adolescence and age 25 but the standard applies to people of all ages in line with NICE guidance.
The access standards have raised a number of questions including:
Within Yorkshire and the Humber the Mental Health Network has established, in partnership with IRIS, an EIP Network to support Providers to implement the new standards, share best practice and innovation and ensure clear communication links to Mental Health Commissioners.
The Mental Health Network assists the EIP Network in the deliverance of timely and quality services by:
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