2018 National Clinical Audit of Psychosis
Psychosis is a severe mental health problem which can have a huge impact on a person’s life. Around 1 in 100 people in the UK will experience psychosis at some point in their life. The National Clinical Audit of Psychosis (NCAP) was set up to improve the quality of this care in England and Wales. It does this by assessing the services NHS Mental Health Trusts in England and Health Boards in Wales provide for people with psychosis and highlighting what needs to improve.
In 2018, NCAP collected information about the care received by 9,449 people with psychosis. This took place between October and November 2017. This care was provided by an NHS Mental Health Trust in England or a Health Board in Wales. In total, all 62 Mental Health Trusts and Health Boards took part.
Overall, NCAP revealed that the care provided to people with psychosis is improving in many ways. However, a lot of work still needs to be done to meet all of their mental and physical health needs.
The NCAP found:
- The number of people with psychosis receiving a full physical health check in the past year was 42%. This compares to 27% in 2012.
- Only 11% of patients were involved in some form of work or education; and just 46% of those looking for work had been offered any kind of support.
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for psychosis (CBTp) was offered to just 26% of patients, and family intervention to only 12%.
- Compared to the last audit, there has been a slight rise in people involved in decisions about their medication. This is from 54% to 65%.