South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s five early intervention in psychosis (EIP) teams have been named as some of the best performing in the country.
All of the Trust’s teams achieved the National Clinical Audit of Psychosis (NCAP) standard, with four of the five teams rated as ‘Top performing’. Only 11 teams (7%) in the whole country were rated as ‘Top performing’.
EIP teams provide early and intensive support for people experiencing their first episode of psychosis, helping people to recover and reducing the risk of relapse.
To meet the standard, Trusts must demonstrate that they provide rapid access to services; use evidence-based psychological treatments; assess and treat people’s physical health needs and measure outcomes.
The annual NCAP audit measures the quality of services and is one of the ways that improvements to EIP services are being monitored as part of the national NHS Five Year Forward View for mental health.
Clinical lead Stephen McGowan said: “This really is an outstanding result, reflecting the enormous efforts of staff, managers and lead clinicians to develop our teams to the challenging new standard. Our teams support people and families and make sure they feel in control of their recovery. It’s great that our commitment to putting the person first and in the centre has been recognised nationally.”