People with resistant
psychosis are especially familiar to clinicians for a number of
reasons. Firstly, they may continue to need a hospital bed, and
while in hospital, their persistent symptoms often mean that they
require greater input from across the multidisciplinary team. For
others, well resourced community services may mean that people,
while able to leave hospital, are nevertheless symptomatic and need
more frequent community contact. Ongoing psychotic symptoms make it
more difficult for someone to reliably engage with treatment
programmes, thus increasing the risk of relapse and readmission.
People with predominantly negative or cognitive symptoms may
require ongoing support from health, social services or both
because of their lower levels of functioning. Refractory psychosis
not only affects quality of life for the person themselves, but
also results in greater pressure on carers and relatives.
This course is designed to help
psychiatrists review their management of these patients with
greater confidence and to impart some new ideas which might help to
break the cycle. This should in turn improve the quality of life of
our client group as well as reducing costs of treatment.
The training is designed to have
practical applications, so we have included round-table discussions
to discuss real-life dilemmas you may have faced in clinical
practice with National Psychosis Service (NPS) team members.
This course is eligible for 6
CPD hours subject to your peer group approval.
About the National Psychosis Service
The National Psychosis Service
specialises in expert, evidence-based treatment for people with
resistant, complex or co-morbid psychosis, to enhance their quality
of life through rehabilitation and recovery, and reduce the risk of
readmission or of expensive long-term care costs. They have an
internationally renowned team, pioneering treatment interventions
and recovery rates not seen elsewhere. The doctors, nurses,
pharmacists, occupational therapists and psychologists who work in
the service are experts in their field, with the majority also
undertaking research into the causes of psychotic disorders, and
the effectiveness of both existing and new treatments. The Service
consists of outpatient clinics held at the Maudsley Hospital, an
outreach service for people who are unable to come to the Maudsley
and a 23-bed inpatient unit at the Bethlem Royal Hospital.