The Early Intervention In Psychosis Service (EIP) is a multidisciplinary, community mental health service that provides treatment and support to people experiencing, or at high risk of developing, psychosis.
The core aims of EIP services are:
• to reduce the duration of untreated psychosis or to prevent transition to psychosis
• to produce effective outcomes in terms of recovery and relapse rates
This is achieved by providing timely access to quality assessment, care and treatment to identified people between the ages of 14 and 65 years of age who are considered to be within a ‘critical period’ of psychosis.
The defining characteristic of an EIP service is its strong ethos of hope and whole-team commitment to enabling recovery through the provision of individually tailored, evidence-based interventions and support to service users and their families/carers. These evidence-based interventions are taken from NICE Guidelines for Schizophrenia.