Saturday, 2 January 2016

Designing Accessible & Effective Services for Early Detection of #Psychosis @OxfordAHSN

Published on Dec 15, 2015
On 3 December 2015 the Oxford Academic Health Science Network Early Intervention in Mental Health Clinical Network hosted a visit from colleagues from the TIPS programme in Norway. The aim was to share experiences and expertise around designing services for patients with first episode psychosis.

The Oxford AHSN Early Intervention network is leading the South Region Early Intervention in Psychosis programme – a partnership of 16 mental health service providers and 50 commissioning organisations and stakeholders across southern England.

This video captures the initial feedback from this meeting. Further related international collaborations are planned.

Further information:



Development of early intervention services for psychosis: Impact Case Study; University of Glasgow

"Between 2006 and 2010, a large UK, multi-site, randomised controlled trial (EDIE-2), with a substantial Glasgow contribution led by Gumley, provided further evidence that CBT can help to prevent relapses of psychosis.4 The trial showed that CBT reduces the severity of psychotic-like experiences, which are recognised risk factors for developing psychosis, and this finding had important implications for the design and development of services for the early detection of psychosis. ..."

"The University of Glasgow research has also explored the importance of attachment (the emotional tie between individuals that endures over time) and its role in recovery with service users and staff of the ESTEEM service. In 2011, Gumley’s team used the ‘gold standard’ measurement of attachment, The Adult Attachment Interview, to assess and understand an individual’s capacity to form useful and productive relationships and thus engage with the therapies and supports offered by mental health services. The team also demonstrated that avoidance of attachment relationships was associated with specific problems in service users’ ability to regulate their emotions and that such avoidance is therefore a core predictor of relapse and poor outcome. ..."

Key researchers (Glasgow): Professor Andrew Gumley (Honorary Clinical staff, 1998-2001; Senior Lecturer, 2001-2008; Professor of Psychological Therapy, 2008-present). External collaborators: Matthias Schwannauer (Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Edinburgh), Tony Morrison (Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Manchester), Max Birchwood (Professor of Youth Mental Health, University of Birmingham).

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