New report highlights importance of early intervention for people with psychosis (EIP)

Early intervention in psychosis: tailoring services to local contexts

new report from the ihub Mental Health Improvement Portfolio and co-produced with people with lived-experience of psychosis, their families and carers, outlines how early intervention services can be delivered across Scotland in order to help provide better and more effective care.

Approximately 1,600 people in Scotland experience a first episode of psychosis each year. Evidence shows that providing early intervention in psychosis (EIP) leads to better outcomes for people and longer-term cost savings to the NHS and wider society.

Findings and recommendations
Our report found that there is significant variation across Scotland in the provision of care and treatment for people with first episode psychosis.

Moreover, people who experience delays in initial access to services are more likely to have to contact with out of hours, crisis or emergency services. This issue has become more pressing during the pandemic, as anecdotal reports indicate increased numbers of people experiencing first episode psychosis due to COVID-19.

In the new report, we outline how EIP can be delivered in urban, semi-urban and rural communities, tailored to local context. The report also identifies workforce and cost implications.

The report recommends that all NHS boards should establish early intervention in psychosis services which enable reliable delivery of the evidence-based interventions and minimise the duration of untreated psychosis.

Find out more in the report

New blog by our clinical lead
Our clinical lead for this work, Consultant Clinical Psychologist Dr Suzy Clark, outlines how those with psychosis have been helped under the COVID-19 restrictions and how our new report will benefit people with psychosis across the country. Read Suzy Clark's blog post.

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