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Early Intervention in Psychosis

Contact details:

Joint Convenor North Wales Area: Dr. Mike Jackson, Consultant Psychologist, Academic Lead for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, Assistant Director, Research and Development, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Honorary Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, Bangor University, Hergest Unit, Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor, LL57 2PW. Email: Mike.Jackson@bangor.ac.uk, Telephone: 01248 360490.

Joint Convenor South Wales Area: Dr. James Walters, Clinical Senior Lecturer, Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, MRCCNGG, Cardiff University, Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, Early Intervention in Psychosis Service, Aneurin Bevan Health Board. Email: WaltersJT@Cardiff.ac.uk, Telephone: 02920 688434.

Joint Convenor West Wales Area:  Dr. Euan Hails, Clinical Lead for Psychosis and Recovery, Senior Lecturer College of Medicine, Swansea University and National Lead FEP and 1000 LivesPlus Faculty Member PHW. Hywel Dda University Health Board, Caebryn Unit, Llanelli, SA14 8QF. Email: Euan.Hails@Wales.nhs.uk, Telephone: 01554 779319.

Purpose

This RDG aims to develop projects focussing on early stages of psychosis and related disorders. A core theme is the evaluation of services which have developed under the 1000Lives Intelligent Target (IT) for First Episode Psychosis (FEP), and the comparison of Welsh outcomes with those of specialist services in the rest of the UK. The IT has stimulated the development of substantial databases of FEP cases in each of the Welsh Health Boards, yet to be properly completed, collated and evaluated; this task would be a starting point for the RDG. Completing and cleaning the database will provide a valuable opportunity to compare different service models. This will be informed by a service user led project exploring FEP experiences of services. It will also provide a resource for addressing further clinical/theoretical research questions, including:- 

  • How far are physical health guidelines for prescribing practice and health checks followed and how do these relate to health outcomes?
  • What is the relationship between autism spectrum disorder and early psychosis?
  • Can an e-resource designed to enable GPs and other primary care workers help in the identification and signposting for young people with an At Risk Mental State?

Group Membership

Early Intervention members list

Meetings

The first meeting of the RDG was held on the 23rd May 2014 in North Wales Gregynog Hall. The second meeting is scheduled for the 19th September 2014 venue to be confirmed.