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


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