We are dedicated to the assessment and management of people who have presented to specialist mental health services with a first episode of psychosis. We are welcoming as we understand that visiting our service for the first time can be daunting. We aim to give people the best chance of recovery after a first episode of psychosis and to reduce the severity of relapses. We also support and educate carers to involve them in as fully as possible in patients' care.
People who are experiencing a first episode of psychosis. People referred over the age of 65 will be considered on a case by case basis.
Your referral to the service will be screened on the day it is received. If you are eligible, you will be offered an initial assessment within five working days. Following this, you will take part in an eight-week comprehensive assessment, co-ordinated by a named worker. At the end of the assessment, you will be accepted for three years of treatment or signposted to appropriate services.
Rapid response time to referrals
Highly skilled and experienced multi-disciplinary team
The team has a strong research ethic, and has taken a lead role in innovative research studies
C&I has moved the service we normally offer in emergency departments to our 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service, at St Pancras Hospital. The service will see people in need of urgent care so that they do not have to go to a hospital emergency department unless they have an urgent medical need. Emergency departments are under unprecedented pressure due to COVID-19 – the illness caused by coronavirus. We are urging people in mental health crisis to telephone our 24/7 crisis line on 0800 917 3333 or contact their usual community mental health team. If service users attend the 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service in person we will see you but we urge you to contact the crisis line in advance for advice to ensure you are only leaving home when absolutely necessary.