South Region Early Intervention in Psychosis Programme

Psychosis is a common illness which can derail a person’s life trajectory leading to long term mental and physical disability. Evidence shows that the early identification and swift effective intervention leads to reduced pain to the individual and their family, better long term outcomes and lower costs to the health service and wider economy.

The Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) standard was introduced on 1st April 2016 to ensure:

1. A maximum wait of two weeks from referral to treatment;
2. Treatment delivered in accordance with NICE guidelines for psychosis and schizophrenia.

Published by the Department of Health and NHS England in February 2015, the policy paper Achieving Better Access to Mental Health Services by 2020, introduced a maximum wait of 2 weeks between referral and treatment for people with first episode psychosis


Given the numerous demands on people’s time, we have condensed key messages about the EIP access and quality standards into postcards on the 5 things you need to know bout the Early Intervention in Psychosis Standards. You can view these by clicking this link: Postcards


Our annual reports provide NHS England and its stakeholders an update on the equity of early intervention in psychosis in the South of England including investment per patient, resulting capacity, quality and outcomes. In doing so, we aim to honour our duty to people who access services and their families by driving for equitable access to evidenced based early intervention for psychosis, regardless of where people live in the South of England. Our baseline report from 2015-16 is viewable via this link: 2015-16 South Region EIP Programme Report  and the the 2016-17 South Region EIP Annual Report is viewable here: South EIP Programme Annual Report 2016-17  The Annual Report for 2017-18 is available here: South EIP Programme Annual Report 2017-18 and the latest South of England EIP Annual Report for 2018-19 has been reviewed and is now available here: South EIP Annual Report 2018-19 

Over the coming year, we will use our collective experience and expertise to achieve our key objective which is to:

Develop EIP services so that people with first episode psychosis are able to access NICE recommended treatments within 14 days of referral.

We are here to help

Our ambition is to hasten the readiness of the region to deliver the above new standard for first episode psychosis. Our programme combines professional and public engagement to enable development of the region’s Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) services for better outcomes.

Our message is simple: treatment can be effective when it is evidence based – the earlier, the better.

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