Early Intervention in Psychosis Team


Psychosis is one of the most disabling conditions that can affect young people and historically was associated with a poor prognosis and often lifelong disability. Fortunately with advances in psychiatric practice and the implementation of EI services across the UK over the last decade this is nowadays often not the case and the majority of people who experience a psychotic illness can expect to recover.

Early Intervention in Psychosis (EI) is one of the most evidence based specialities in psychiatry. Optimism and hope of recovery, family support, holistic care and a reduction in stigma associated with mental illness are at the centre of the specialities values. The importance of early intervention in psychosis services and the interventions available with such teams for patients is recognised in the updated NICE guidelines for psychosis and schizophrenia for adults (2014) and the new NICE guidelines for psychosis and schizophrenia for children and young people (2013).

The East Cheshire Early Intervention in Psychosis Team, based in Congleton, was founded in 2004. We cover a large geographical area encompassing the entire east, south, central and Vale Royal area of Cheshire, which spans 3 CCG’s. We have a commissioned caseload of 139 patients. The team consists of a consultant psychiatrist, team manager, care coordinators (community psychiatric nurses), support workers, a CBT therapist, an exercise referral specialist and an employment support worker.

We offer up to a 5 year service to young people aged 14 up to about 35 (although there is no upper age limit to accessing the service) who have experienced a first episode of a psychotic illness. Treatment is led by the NICE Guidelines for Schizophrenia and related conditions and the team has a focus on demonstrating the quality and effectiveness of the service through evidence based outcome measures.

Service Details

Congleton Library, Market Street, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 1BU (directions displayed on map)
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Service Type:
Health and Wellbeing
Age Range:
14 to 35
Age Band:
  • Children (5-18)
  • Young Adults (14-25)
  • Adults (18+)
No, we are an NHS service
Is a referral required?:
Accepted referral methods:
  • Self referral
  • Via CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services)
  • Via GP or Health Professional
  • Via Jobcentre Plus
  • Via Early Years setting
  • Via School
  • Via College or post-16 provider
  • Via Children’s Social Care
  • Via Adult Social Care
  • Via Cheshire East Housing Options Team
  • Via Voluntary Agencies
  • Via Youth Offending Team and/or Youth Prevention Team
  • Via Youth Support Service
Additional Referral Information:
We will accept verbal referrals, faxed letters or posted, there is also the facility to refer via the website.
Waiting List:
We do not have a waiting list, we would aim to make contact/assess a client within 7 days of recieving a referral.
How is the service provided?:
  • Telephone
  • Email
  • Face to face
  • Texting
Areas covered in Cheshire East:
  • All Areas of Cheshire East
Service operates in the following neighbouring local authorities:
  • Cheshire West and Chester

Opening Times

Days service available:
  • Weekdays only
Opening Times - Monday:
8:00 - 17:00
Opening Times - Tuesday:
8:00 - 17:00
Opening Times - Wednesday:
8:00 - 17:00
Opening Times - Thursday:
8:00 - 17:00
Opening Times - Friday:
8:00 - 17:00
Opening Times - Saturday:
Opening Times - Sunday:
Additional Opening Times:

This page was last updated on 04 January 2018

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Contact Details

Contact Name:
Mike Hadfield