Collaborative study identifies added value of early intervention services
A new study published in BMJ Open
, led by the Oxford AHSN Early Intervention in Psychosis Clinical Network
Co-Lead Prof Belinda Lennox, demonstrates the value of services designed to step in at the earliest possible stage. The research built on work carried out last year by Johnson & Johnson with the Oxford AHSN Informatics
The study found that investment in early intervention services improves patient outcomes, reduces overall costs and leads to improvements in employment and social engagement. It calculated that rolling out early intervention services across the UK would save the NHS £33.5m a year. Taking into account employment and housing costs, the total annual saving to the taxpayer could be as much as £63.3m a year. Researchers found that those offered early intervention in psychosis already save the NHS over £4,000 per patient per year.
Each local area in the Oxford AHSN region
– covering a population of 3.3 million – now has a multidisciplinary team reaching out to young people who might be having a first episode of psychosis.
Prof Lennox said: "Early intervention services improve outcomes for people with psychosis. In the NHS in our region we are helping people with serious mental illness recover, get back to work or education and get on with their lives. People in early intervention services also spend less time in hospital, which is good news for them, and also saves the NHS money.”
The Oxford AHSN has led preparations across southern England for new access and waiting time targets for early intervention in psychosis - the first of their kind in mental health services. The study was funded by the Oxford AHSN with Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
and the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Oxford
. Read the BMJ Open article here >