Bolton Early Intervention in Psychosis Team (EIT)

The Early Intervention in Psychosis Team (EIT) works with people who have experienced a first episode of psychosis. It is a multidisciplinary team supporting young people experiencing a first episode of psychosis. The team consists of staff from a variety of disciplines, including nursing, social work, occupational therapy, and psychology.

Why is early intervention important?

One of the key aims of the team is to reduce the duration of untreated psychosis. This is associated with worse outcomes in terms of total symptoms, overall functioning, positive symptoms, and quality of life. The duration of untreated psychosis is also likely to increase the risk of serious disruption to important aspects of the person’s life.

Who do the team work with?

The team works with people living in Bolton in a non-stigmatising way.

We accept referrals from any source, including self-referrals. When we receive a referral, we will contact the service user and arrange to meet with them to complete an initial assessment to determine suitability for the team.

A specific diagnosis is not needed for people to meet the criteria for our service.

What support are the team able to provide?

We are able to provide a range of support, including:

  • Full care-coordination
  • Evidence based group and individual psychological interventions (including cognitive behavioural therapy and Family Interventions)
  • Support with medication management
  • Support with accessing employment, education and vocational activities
  • An assertive approach to engagement
  • Support for Families and carers

How long do the team work with people?

Our team normally work with people for up to three years. At the end of the three years, we will review what ongoing support needs the person has and make a decision about the best way these can be met.