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In order to ensure people experiencing a first episode of psychosis have speedy and easy access to the best evidence based interventions to help them recover, NHS England have developed the Early Intervention in Psychosis Access and Waiting Time Standard.

This states that from April 1st 2016, more than 50% of people experiencing a first episode psychosis commence a NICE recommended package of care within 2 weeks of referral.

Two other changes to services that the standard requires are:

  1. People aged 35 to 65 experiencing a first episode of psychosis can also have access to EI services.
  2. People referred to EI services with suspected first episode psychosis who following assessment are found not to have a fully developed psychotic illness but rather an “at risk mental state for psychosis” (ARMS) will be offered a period of care coordination and further assessment by the teams.

The final version of this interesting, informative and accessible document was published by the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health in April 2016.

Why not look yourself by clicking on the link eip-guidance below?


The document is very readable and has information relevant to service users, families and carers, staff working in early intervention services, referrers such as GP’s and commissioners.

It sets a new benchmark for the quality of service you should be expecting from your EI team and insight into the behind the scene work which is going on at a local and national level to achieve this.

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