Trusts ‘limiting access’ to psychosis services

Struggling community teams have resorted to “limiting access” to services for seriously ill patients as investment fails to reach the front line, an official report has claimed.

Funding for early intervention psychosis services, a key priority of the forward view for mental health, did not reach front line teams in 2018-19, an analysis by the Oxford Academic Health Science Network has shown.

This is despite the AHSN raising the same concerns in a report for 2017-18, which also warned increasing caseloads and lack of funding were putting the quality of services at risk.

In 2016, NHS England mandated that, by 2020, at least 60 per cent of patients experiencing a first episode of psychosis should receive a National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommended package of care within two weeks.

Full Story on HSJ, 29 January 2019