The study revealed that savings of using EIP services could equate to £5,200 per patient in EIP per year, and include significantly fewer mental health bed days and reduced attendances at A&E.
If all people with a first-episode psychosis across England were to be treated by EIP services, the savings in societal costs would be an estimated £63.3 million per year, of which £33.5 million would be savings to the NHS.
This evidence was accepted by the BMJ Open for publication and resulted in an invitation by NHS England to organise a national expert reference group to draft the first mental health Referral to Treatment Time for EIP, submitted to the Health and Social Care Information Centre in December 2014 and published by NICE/NHS England in 2016.
On a local basis, by providing unambiguous evidence of service improvement and the resulting patient benefit, CLAHRC Oxford paved the way for Oxford AHSN to widely implement and facilitate adoption of this innovative approach to mental health care for young people with psychosis.
The project was showcased in the ‘saving lives, saving money’ chapter of the NIHR Annual report 2014/15.