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The professional’s section of this site is aimed at anyone working within the catchment area of Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and who want to know more about psychosis and how their local Early Intervention Team can aid the successful recovery of anyone suffering from this condition.

The key to our approach is to intervene early on, with the focus being swift intervention at the first episode of psychosis, or where early warning signs of psychosis are displayed. Early intervention can greatly reduce, or even eliminate altogether, the chance of further incidence of psychosis; because of this, we set a target of trying to keep the duration of untreated psychosis to less than 3 months. However, it’s never too late for someone to get treatment; but the sooner they get help the better. So we urge you to get in touch if there is anybody you are concerned about.

For more details of who we are and how you can get in touch, visit the Early Intervention Team About Us page.

Check out our 10 step outline of what you can expect if you make a referral to our service:

1. Open referral

Our service operates an open referral system which means that, with the consent of the client, anybody, statutory or non statutory can refer in.

2. No forms

There is no referral document, however we do ask for a letter that details the reasons for referral; which can be faxed or posted. We do also welcome telephone contacts to discuss a referral.

3. Rapid action

The referrer can expect that the service will contact the client and arrange an initial assessment, in order to understand the needs of the client and how best they can be supported; this will be arranged at a time and location that is convenient to them.

4. GP’s informed

A letter is sent to the person’s General Practitioner and the referrer about the outcome of the assessment.

5. Signposting

If a referral is not accepted the team will signpost on to another service if that is necessary.

6. Preventative approach

A referral can be accepted as being ‘at risk of psychosis’ and the client will receive a service from the Early Intervention Team for up to 6 months.

7. Long-term support

If they are accepted after being assessed as having had a first episode of psychosis they can be with the team for up to 5 years. However they can also be reviewed for discharge before then, in the event that they have recovered and no longer require a service.

8. Tailor-made

Each client is treated according to their specific needs and circumstances; this is set out in their personal Care Plan which maps out the best package of support for them. Care Plans can include for a wide variety of interventions which are regularly reviewed to  maximise their effectiveness.

9. Managed exit

Clients are supported in the process of discharge from the service. The subject of discharge is discussed with them and their family during routine contacts and Care Programme Approach Review Meetings.

10. Supported transition

The most appropriate service/support after discharge is discussed. This can include referral to the Community Mental Health Team, or back to the General Practitioner. In this event, the family and General Practitioner are invited to contact the team in the future to discuss any concerns about a relapse or to review medication.


Psychosis and Mental Health Awareness Training

Early Intervention in Psychosis Services in Cheshire and Wirral can offer general awareness training to schools, colleges, GP’s, police and any other professionals or organisations, medical or non-medical, working with young people affected by psychosis. We will generally focus on psychosis, but for schools and colleges we can cover more general themes such as mental health and well-being.

Give your local early intervention team a call to discuss your training needs.

To better understand psychosis and how we at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) Early Intervention Service can help, please take a look around our website. Some pages you might find particularly useful include:

What is Psychosis? For access to more information about the illness, including symptoms and early warning signs.

What is Early Intervention? and its sub-pages. To understand the importance of getting help early; with an outline of the interventions we provide.

What’s New and Calendar pages for regular tips, advice and suggested activities that may be helpful to recovery.

You will find many web pages on the Internet that provide information relating to the treatment of mental illness and more specifically psychosis. Here are a few that you may find helpful:

The Mental Health Foundation is a national charity that carries out research and informs policy and practice in the field of mental health.  This linked page offers a brief guide for GP’s on: ‘Emerging Psychosis & Young People – What You Need To Know’.

Link to the Mental Health Foundation website

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) carry out research and produce guidance to support health and social care organisations in providing the best quality and value for money services.  This linked page provides detailed guidelines on the core interventions in the treatment and management of schizophrenia in adults.

Visit the NICE website

For further information on the background of Early Intervention and its evidence base.

Rethink Mental Illnessis a national mental health charity that provides a wide range of advocacy and support services to people experiencing mental health difficulties.

Visit the What is early intervention page of the Rethink website


Getting help early is really important to a person’s recovery,

so if you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch.

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