Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea Early Intervention Service is for people aged 14-35 experiencing their first episode of psychosis. Once referred, service users can remain with the team for three to five years.
The aims of the service include:
- Early detection, assessment and effective treatment of symptoms.
- Reducing the duration of psychosis through improved access to services.
- Optimistic views about recovery, focused interventions.
- Providing a wide range of psycho-social interventions and support.
- Providing support, education and intervention for family and carers.
- Working in partnership and establish links with a range of statutory and non-statutory services.
- Improving vocational and educational outcomes for people experiencing a first episode of psychosis.
The service supports people who meet the following criteria:
- Aged 14-35 and resident of Westminster or Kensington & Chlesea
- Identified as experiencing a first episode of any psychotic illness and with at least seven days of symptoms
- Are within a year of the onset of symptoms.
There will be a case-by-case discussion around service users who are referred where their primary problem is substance use, severe learning disability, or a primary diagnosis of personality disorder. Consultation and joint working will be considered.
Referrals to the team can be made by:
- Direct referral from the GP including primary care teams
- A&E liaison service
- Home Treatment Teams
- Assessment and Brief Treatment Teams
- Inpatient mental health wards
- Court diversion and youth offending teams
- Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services
Bus: 18, 28, 31, 36, 328, 607
London Underground:(nearest to furthest); Westbourne Park station (Circle and Hammersmith & City line), Warwick Avenue station (Bakerloo)
Car: limited on-street parking (Pay and Display)
The service operates during the following times:
- 9am to 5pm: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
- 9am to 8pm: Wednesdays