The Early Intervention in Psychosis Service (EIS) is a specialist community mental health team which works with young people and adults in the three years following a first episode of psychosis or those who are deemed at risk of developing psychosis (ARMS). Sandwell EI work with service users aged 14-35 years and Wolverhampton EI work with service users  aged 14 – 35 years.

EIS adopts an assertive outreach approach and provides individualised, comprehensive, evidence based interventions to optimise recovery, prevent relapse and help individuals and their families to cope with their experiences. In doing so, we aim to improve social, physical, psychological and vocational functioning and reduce the short and long term impact of psychosis in line with the EI Care Pathway.

Most activity takes place at venues acceptable to the service user within the community  so may vary between homes, town centre or our team base. The service also makes considerable use of other community based facilities such as leisure centres, colleges, Base 25 to ensure opportunities for social inclusion.

The Teams operate from two locality bases – Pond Lane in Wolverhampton and Edward Street Community Base in Sandwell. Teams comprise of a mixture of professionals including:

  • Service Manager
  • Clinical lead
  • Consultant Psychiatrist
  • Speciality Doctor
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Community Psychiatric Nurse
  • Occupational Therapists
  • STR Workers
  • CAMHS Practitioner ( Sandwell only)
  • Youth Worker (Sandwell Only)
  • Medical Secretary
  • Administration Officers

Anyone can make a direct referral to EIS by telephone, letter or fax, however consent must be obtained from the individual being referred. The service also accepts self-referrals.

EIS does not accept crisis referrals. If the individual is in crisis then the referrer will be directed to make the referral directly to the crisis team and the referral will be followed up by the team to assess whether the individual may be appropriate for assessment by EIS once the crisis is over.

Referral criteria for the service:

  • Registered with a GP within the borough of Sandwell or Wolverhampton
  • Aged between 14-65 years in Sandwell and 14- 35 years in Wolverhampton, individuals aged 65 years will be accepted for assessment if the  referral is made and assessment is completed prior to their 66th birthday
  • Person must live in the borough of Sandwell or Wolverhampton
  • Individual has had experiences that are suggestive of a first episode psychosis within the last 6 months and has not received continuous treatment for a period of three months within that time

Sandwell Early Intervention

The team work Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm.- Telephone support only is available between 5pm-8pm.

Address: Edward Street Community Base, Edward Street, West Bromwich, B70 8NL

Telephone: 0121 612 6716

Wolverhampton Early Intervention

The service is available Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Address: Pond Lane, 44 Pond Lane, Parkfields, Wolverhampton, WV2 1HG

Telephone: 01902 443 993