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Development and implementation of early intervention services for young people with psychosis: case study

  • Helen Lester (a1), Max Birchwood (a2), Stirling Bryan (a3), Elizabeth England (a4), Helen Rogers (a4) and Namita Sirvastava (a4)...

Abstract

Background

The development of early intervention services for young people with first-episode psychosis is a priority internationally.

Aims

To evaluate the development, implementation and impact of existing and newly formed early intervention services in England.

Method

Multiple-case study involving staff, users, carers and commissioners of 14 early intervention services.

Results

Service numbers increased in response to national policy directives. They were still actively working with 90.6% of service users 12 months after inception. They were highly valued by users and carers as providing a personal service that contrasted with previous experiences of care. Tensions between providing a quality service and meeting case-load targets linked to future funding led teams to adopt a series of survival strategies with some unintended consequences.

Conclusions

Early intervention services are highly valued by consumers and engage users effectively after 12 months. Implementation of these services is threatened unless sufficient consistent funding is made available.

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Corresponding author

Professor Helen Lester, National Primary Care Research & Development Centre, 5th Floor Williamson Building, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, UK. Email: Helen.lester@manchester.ac.uk

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This study was funded by the National Institute for Health Research Service Delivery and Organisation Programme. H.L. is the guarantor of the paper. M.B. was joint grant holder. S.B. was a grant holder. H.L. is independent from the funding body and the views expressed in this paper have not been influenced by the funding source.

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Development and implementation of early intervention services for young people with psychosis: case study

  • Helen Lester (a1), Max Birchwood (a2), Stirling Bryan (a3), Elizabeth England (a4), Helen Rogers (a4) and Namita Sirvastava (a4)...
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