People with first episode psychosis starting treatment within two weeks of referral

This chart shows the proportion of people of all ages experiencing their first episode of psychosis who started treatment within two weeks of referral. The figures can be examined from a national perspective, CCG or STP level. You can also compare data with up to five other areas. 

Exploring the charts: To explore CCGs or STPs, click on the tab then click in the box to compare data sets. We should expect to see the lines move upwards over time, as the target percentage increases in the period to 2020/21.

Please note, this data is drawn from a different dataset from Q3 2019/20 so comparisons with earlier periods should only be made with caution.  STP-level data has not yet been made available since Q3 2019/20 and CCG data is currently being recalculated by NHS Digital for Q1 2020/21 and is therefore not currently available.



Policy context

The Government has committed to ensuring at least 60% of people with first episode psychosis start treatment with a NICE-recommended package of care with a specialist early intervention in psychosis (EIP) service within two weeks of referral by 2020/21.

In order to achieve this, local areas have had a target to increase coverage from 50% in 2016/17 and 2017/18, to 53% in 2018/19, 56% in 2019/20 and finally, 60% in 2020/21.

The standard applies to people aged 14-65 years.

It is not currently possible to assess at CCG or STP level whether the provision of specialist EIP services meets a particular grade of NICE-recommended care as this data is unavailable. NHS England's Implementation Plan for the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health indicated that all areas should have achieved grade 2 by the end of 2017/18, with 25% attaining grade 3 by the end of 2018/19. The NHS England Mental Health Dashboard confirmed that 77.9% of areas had achieved grade 2 at the conclusion of 2017/18, with 2018/19 data not yet available.


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