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Welcome to the Lancashire Early Intervention Service (EIS)

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The Lancashire Early Intervention for Psychosis Service (EIS) aims to help people who have experienced psychosis understand experiences which can be distressing, confusing and that can prevent them from living the lives they want to live. Getting the right help early can help people understand and deal with these experiences effectively, so enabling them to continue living the lives that they want to lead.

Why is Early Intervention important?

The longer difficulties are left untreated, the greater the disruption to a person, their lives and other relationships. Early recognition and treatment of difficulties improves outcomes and reduces the impact on a person's life.


Lancashire EIS provides practical advice, support, information and helps people develop a better understanding of their troubling experiences.

The team consists of experienced mental health practitioners including nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, psychological therapists, clinical psychologists, Support Time and Recovery workers (STR) and doctors.

What is Early Intervention for Psychosis?

Early Intervention teams work with young people experiencing psychosis, or who might be considered at risk of developing psychosis, and help them and their families to lead the lives that they want to live. Early Intervention aims to promote an individual's recovery from psychosis by:

  • Promoting mental health
  • Encouraging social inclusion
  • Reducing stigma
  • Early detection of troubling experience such as psychosis
  • Providing more effective treatment as early as possible

Who is EIS for?

The service is for people aged between 14 and 35 with a first presentation of psychotic experiences or those individuals who we suspect could be at risk of developing psychotic experiences.

Individuals who have been treated for other difficulties, or who have previously experienced brief psychotic experiences, may also be referred for assessment by the team. Please click here for referral information.

Service Improvement and Research

The views of those who experience distressing and confusing difficulties are important to us in understanding how we can improve our service. Therefore, we welcome feedback from our service users and their carers. In addition, as part of improving the overall standard of care we offer, we often take part in research projects. You may be invited to participate in these projects during your time with our service, but inclusion is voluntary and your decision not to be involved in this will not affect the support and service that you receive.