Around one in 100 young people will develop a potentially serious mental health condition (psychosis) in their teens or 20s. With early treatment, most people will make a full recovery. Early intervention teams treat and support people who are experiencing psychosis for the first time. The teams are staffed by professionals who are experts in assessing, treating and supporting people in the early stages of a psychotic illness. Achieving new national waiting times targets for people experiencing a first episode of psychosis by April 2016 will be a key priority for 2015/16.
The South West SCN will map Early Intervention services across the region to identify variation in services. In addition the SCN is working closely with the regional ‘early intervention in psychosis preparedness expert reference group’.