|Contact||Simon Clark, Acting Manager|
|Telephone||020 8702 3100|
|Address||Lucas House, 305-309 Fore Street, Edmonton, Enfield, N9 0PD|
The Enfield Early Intervention in Psychosis Service has a clear protocol around physical health monitoring from the point of admission to the service.
The service is for people aged between 18-35 years of age, experiencing their first episode of psychosis, or those who are in the first three years of psychotic illness, living in Enfield.
Information about patients is initially requested from the GP about all physical health investigations carried out in the preceding 12 months. These requests are proactively followed up.
If someone is not registered with a GP, or refuses to attend an appointment with a GP the care co-ordinator will take responsibility for offering support and encouragement to facilitate health checks. However if the patient still does not see the GP the care co-ordinator will arrange an alternative means of health checks in consultation with the consultant psychiatrist and GP.
Several staff within the service have also completed a specialist undergraduate module focusing on practical skills and the research and knowledge underpinning identified interventions (Physical Care Skills for Mental Health Professionals). There is also a dedicated staff member who has responsibility for keeping a record of physical health monitoring and any outstanding checks.
The protocol for the physical health monitoring service is:
- Care coordinator requests last 12 months physical health results
- Follow up telephone call to check request received at GP
- If no response in 8 weeks refer to attend physical health check clinic for screen and bloods
- Pass results to GP
- Refer client to healthy living group and any clients on depot medication to be referred to wellbeing clinic