Our Early Intervention in Psychosis & Transitions Team offer support to young people aged 14-35 who are at risk of, or may be experiencing, their first episode of psychosis. We also offer support to young people who are making the transition from child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) to adult mental health services regardless of diagnosis.
What services do we offer?
The service is for people aged 14-35 who are experiencing psychosis or are at risk of psychosis. We aim to see any new referrals within two weeks of the referral. We complete a specialist assessment called the Comprehensive Assessment of At Risk Mental State (CAARMS) to determine appropriateness and pathway.
We make our support and care person-specific, so a set care package is different for each individual. However, it will be forward-thinking, challenging the stigma and misconceptions of mental health and illness. We work holistically and can support people on our caseload in all aspects of their life – moving forward and getting on.
We offer two care pathways: the traditional First Episode of Psychosis (FEP) pathway and the At Risk Metal State (ARMS) pathway. Both pathways provide a NICE approved package of care. For FEP pathway we offer a three-year period of care, targeted at helping the person recover from psychosis and lead a productive and happy life. For the ARMS pathway, people are offered six to 18 months focusing on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. The aim of this is to help the person avoid developing a psychosis.
Using a normalising approach to care, we strive to challenge the stigma and myths about psychosis, working holistically with the person and their family and we support them in all aspects of their life.
With regards to the transition from children’s services to adult services, we work alongside the local CAMHS team, getting to know the young person and identifying the most appropriate service for them. This is usually a six-month service.
What is Psychosis?
If you have psychosis you may see, hear and experience events differently to those around you and your perception of what is reality and imagination can be distorted. Symptoms can include hallucinations and delusions and in many cases you are not aware you are experiencing symptoms but believe the sensations and experiences are real, therefore losing contact with reality.
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HOW DO I REFER?
You can contact the team directly to arrange an informal telephone consultation. The team will be able to discuss a potential referral or advise on other options. A referral coordinator is available Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.
Referrals to the team can also come from many different areas of the community such as other health agencies, schools and colleges as well as other young people’s services. Your GP can also refer you.
Any urgent referrals should contact the Single Point of Access (SPA):