EIP National Network Events


31 March 2022

For our first EIP National Network Event of 2022, we were delighted to have Professor Rachel Upthegrove present on the topic of "Early Intervention in Psychosis: Recovery and Suicide Prevention".  

Rachel Upthegrove is Professor of Psychiatry and Youth Mental Health at the University of Birmingham, and Consultant Psychiatrist in the Birmingham Early Intervention Services. She trained in Medicine at the Royal Free Hospital, University of London and completed Psychiatry Training in Birmingham. She completed her PhD at the University of Birmingham, investigating depression and suicidality in early stages of psychosis.

Her recent research interest is the identification of underlying mechanisms and treatment options for co-morbidity in early stages of schizophrenia. Recent projects include the investigation of inflammatory mechanisms and phenotypic profile of psychosis, and the use of data science to develop stratification in heterogeneous, early phases of developing mental ill health.


Video recording 



1 December 2021

As part of the EIP National Network Event, we had the exciting opportunity to hear a presentation by Professor Max Birchwood.

Max Birchwood is Professor of Youth Mental Health in the Medical School at University of Warwick. He pioneered the concept and practice of EIP in the UK and internationally and he opened the UK’s first EIP service in 1994. The service attracted Beacon status and has been replicated with over 140 teams across England and internationally.

Professor Birchwood’s breakthrough research on psychosis has been incorporated into Scottish SIGN and UK NICE guidelines for schizophrenia. He has undertaken extensive work developing the cognitive model of 'voices', particularly the role of appraisals of voices' power and their role in driving affective dysregulation and compliance with command hallucinations. He is a recipient of the International Early Psychosis Association’s (IEPA) Richard Wyatt prize for ‘outstanding contribution to early psychosis research and treatment’.

In this session, Professor Birchwood gave a comprehensive overview of the story of reform of early psychosis services in England and shared some important lessons relevant for the Scottish context. 


Video recording 

Additional information

  • Presentation slides 
  • Additional resources mentioned during the session are available. 
  • During the event, the audience has raised many interesting questions that we did not have the chance to cover. Professor Max Birchwood has provided an answer in writing to the top three upvoted questions that were not answered during the live event. Answers can be read here.