Early Intervention in Psychosis

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Who are we?

The Early Intervention in Psychosis team (EIP) works with individuals ages from 14 to 65 year olds across Lincolnshire who are experiencing a First Episode of Psychosis (FEP) or are suspected to be at risk of developing a first episode of psychosis. The Early Intervention team will work with you for a period of 2 to 3 years depending on what pathway you are on. These pathways are At Risks Mental State (ARMS) or first episode of psychosis (FEP). The team can help in different aspects of your life including mental wellbeing, medication, promotion of recovery and independence in the community.

Where are we based?

The EIP service operates between the hours of 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. The service operates across Lincolnshire with bases in:

Boston

The Archway Centre

Address: The Archway Centre, Boston West Business Park, Sleaford Road, Boston, PE21 8EG

Gainsborough

Trinity House

Address: 124 Trinity Street, Gainsborough, DN21 1JD

Grantham

Sycamore Assessment Unit

Address: Beaconfield Site, Beacon Lane, Grantham, NG31 9DF

Lincoln

Carholme Court

Address: Long Leys Road, Lincoln, LN1 1FS

Louth

Windsor House

Address: Fairfield Industrial Estate, Louth, LN11 0LF

Skegness

Holly Lodge

Address: 9 The Meadows, Skegness, PE25 2JA

Sleaford

The Willows

Address: Units 1 & 2, Lions Way, Sleaford, NG34 8GG

Spalding

Johnson Community Hospital

Address: Spalding Road, Pinchbeck, PE11 3DT

Stamford

Stamford Resource Centre

Address: St. Georges Avenue, Stamford, PE9 1UN

Who is in the team?

If you are appropirate for our service you will be allocated a care coordinator who will support in managing your care.

Within the team there is a number of professionals that may support you through your pathway, including community psychiatric nurses, occupational therapists, social worker, healthcare support workers, physical healthcare assistant practitioner, peer support worker, clinical psychologist, psychiatrists, cognitive behaviour therapists.​​​​​

How will the service help me?

The service offers a range of different interventions to support you and promote independence. Interventions include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for psychosis – (CBTp)
  • Individual Placement Service (Employment Support) – (IPS)
  • Carers support
  • Physical health and wellbeing support
  • Behavioural Family Therapy – (BFT)
  • Signposting to other agencies
  • Worry intervention work
  • Psychosis focused sleep intervention

Caring for someone with psychosis

A carer can be a family member or a friend that provides support with practical or emotional needs. The EIP team understands that caring for someone with psychosis can sometimes be difficult. Carers first and the carers information group provide support for carers. Please ask a member of the team if you wish to have a leaflet.  

What is psychosis?

“Psychosis (also called a 'psychotic experience' or 'psychotic episode') is when you perceive or interpret reality in a very different way from people around you. You might be described as 'losing touch' with reality. Psychosis affects people in different ways. You might experience it once, have short episodes throughout your life, or live with it most of the time.” (Mind)

The main signs of psychosis are made up from positive and negative symptoms.

Positive symptoms Negative symptoms
  • Hallucinations – seeing, hearing, tasting or feeling things that others cannot.
  • Feeling suspicious of others - an unshakeable belief that is against the common understanding of others.
  • Muddled thinking – conversations that are difficult to follow, or actions that are strangely out of character.
  • Odd or bizarre behaviour.
  • Paranoia - unusual levels of suspicion and/or persecution.
  • Changes noted in everyday functioning - for example self-neglect, social withdrawal and decreased occupational activity.
  • Lack of motivation.
  • Lack of energy.
  • Significant changes in mood - mood can swing between extremes from high (mania) to low (depression).

 

 

Useful links and numbers

Contact the Early Intervention in Psychosis team

9am to 5pm on 
Tel: 01522 421757

Out of hours support
If you require emergency support outside of office hours, please contact Single Point of Access: 0303 123 4000

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) 

Call 01529 222265 or email PALS@lpft.nhs.uk
Find out more about how PALS can help by using this link

 

Advocacy - Total Voice Lincolnshire

If you would like support at your  appointment there is an independent advocacy service. Total Voice Lincolnshire will support you and help you understand your rights.

Call 01522 706580 or email tvl@voiceability.org

 

Your information and health records

Call 01529 222327 or
email lpn-tr.lpftrecords@nhs.net  
Find out more about accessing your information and records by using this link

 

Useful websites

Carers First

Hearing Voices Network

Young Minds

Mind

Rethink Mental Illness

Mental Health Foundation 

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