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Preparing for implementation of the new access and waiting time standard for first episode psychosis

Sarah Khan Mental Health Senior Programme Lead NHS England spoke at today’s Psychological Therapies for Severe Mental Illness conference on:

• context for the introduction of access and waiting time standards and aims
• the first set of standards and plans for the programme going forward
• approach to measurement
• national implementation support resources
• regional work programmes
• progress thus far

Sarah said the first set of standards promises that 50% of people experiencing a first episode of psychosis will be treated with a NICE approved care package within 2 weeks.

There is £40 million recurrent funding to support delivery of early intervention. 

Sarah’s full presentation is available for download at the end of this page.

Sarah is the Deputy Head of Mental Health & Adult MH Programme Lead in the Mental Health Clinical Policy & Strategy Team within the Medical Directorate at NHS England.  Previously, Sarah held senior roles at Central and North West London and Oxleas NHS Foundation Trusts leading strategy, planning, performance and information functions.

Future conferences of interest:

Implementing the national objective to end Prone/Face Down Restraint: Examining Restraint Positions in Practice
Tuesday 22 September 
ICO Conference Centre, London

Adult Safeguarding Enquiries & Safeguarding Adults Reviews
Monday 12 October 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Improving Mental Health Crisis Care
Thursday 15 October 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Smoking Cessation in Mental Health
Tuesday 20 October 
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Safe Staffing for Nursing in Mental Health Inpatient Units
Monday 16 November 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Improving the Quality of Perinatal Mental Health Services
Tuesday 1 December 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Psychological Therapies in the NHS
Wednesday 3 February — Thursday 4 February 
Millennium Conference Centre, London

Download: Sarah Khan full presentation

1 July 2015


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