National psychosis network to be established

Sunday 30th June 2019

A national network to explore how psychosis care and treatment can be improved through early intervention is to be set up, the Scottish Government announces today.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland will lead the £400,000 two-year project that will devise improvements for services across the country.

Current estimates suggest 1,600 Scots experience psychosis every year.

Clare Haughey, the Mental Health Minister, says: “Psychotic disorders can be extremely debilitating and it’s vital that those experiencing psychosis are treated quickly and effectively.

“Treating psychosis in the early stages can reduce the amount of time a patient needs to spend in hospital, reduce relapses, and leads to more effective and long-lasting outcomes.

“This work will ensure people presenting for the first time with psychosis anywhere in Scotland get timely access to effective care and treatment, with a focus on early intervention and recovery.”

Ruth Glassborow of Healthcare Improvement Scotland says: “Healthcare Improvement Scotland is delighted to lead on this important work. We’ll conduct a national needs assessment and make recommendations for how early interventions in psychosis services can be tailored and delivered to meet specific needs in different areas.

“We will ensure that people living with psychosis are supported to participate fully in this work, to inform better long-term outcomes for individuals.”