Early Intervention in Psychosis Launch

We are delighted to announce a further investment of £2 million over the next 2 years by Scottish Government for the second phase of Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) Programme, in line with the Mental Health Strategy (2017–2027) and Transition and Recovery Plan. 

Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care Kevin Stewart said:

"The Scottish Government understands the importance of ensuring that people experiencing psychosis and their families have the treatment and support they need from the earliest possible stage.

That is why I welcome the pilot work being undertaken to trial new models to support those experiencing psychosis led by Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

This work will ensure that the lived experience of those who have been impacted by psychosis are put at the heart of the development, design and delivery of services going forward.”

The evidence base for early intervention in psychosis is one of the strongest that exists in mental health; if we can reduce the duration of untreated psychosis and intervene with the right set of approaches early then we can significantly improve outcomes. 

Building upon the success of phase 1, phase 2 will keep people with lived experience of psychosis, families and carers central to the work to design and develop EIP services. We will support services to better support people with first episode psychosis by:

  • working with pathfinder sites to develop and test approaches to EIP delivery
  • enabling areas to assess whether approaches are delivering quality care, by developing and testing key measures
  • continuing to deliver a learning system, including a national network to share learning and develop practice, increase workforce capability, identify training needs and develop training resources.

More information

More information about this programme is available on the Early Intervention in Psychosis section of our website.