03 Sep 2019
West London NHS Trust has expanded its Early Intervention for Psychosis (EIP) service.
The EIP service is expanding thanks to increased investment from Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow Clinical Commissioning Groups, allowing those between the ages of 14 and 45 years to use the service. Previously the service was only open to those aged 18 to 35 year olds.
Dr Bradley Platt, Manager of EIP, explains: “Psychosis can be a debilitating and frightening experience for people as well as their friends and family members. In our EIP teams, we ensure that we share the ethos that psychosis is treatable.
The provision of individually-tailored and evidence-based interventions help those affected by psychosis achieve improved outcomes and allows individuals to better meet their personal recovery goals. With the right treatment from an EIP service, people go on to lead fulfilled and productive lives. We are very excited to widen our offering for 14 to 45 year olds.”
This service is aimed at those experiencing a first episode of psychosis, and is based on numerous research studies which have shown that those receiving comprehensive and timely access have improved patient outcomes.
What is a first-episode of psychosis?
Most people at some stage in their life will experience a problem with their mental health. Psychosis is a term used to explain a number of experiences or symptoms which cause people to interpret things differently to other people. People may experience hearing or seeing things that others are unable to see or hear and having a range of unusual beliefs which do not fit with those of their family, friends or local communities.