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Enhancing Pathways Into Care (EPIC)


This project aims to demonstrate how pathways to mental health care for black and minority ethnic (BME) groups can be improved. It takes the form of policy implementation, consultancy and service development for the appropriate and responsive services element of Delivering Race Equality. We will document 'knowledge', 'skills', and the process of change for implementing improved pathways.

Ethnic minority groups in England and Wales have different pathways to and through mental health care when compared with their white British peers. There has been no concerted effort to collate evidence on how to improve pathways to care for ethnic minority groups. Providers have not been supplied with the information and advice they need to improve routes into and through their services. Local initiatives have offered different points of access to services and pathways to care, but such work needs to be synthesised and evaluated for the strength of evidence.

The EPIC project focuses on pathways to care in four NHS mental health Trusts. We will demonstrate how these can be modified by informed statutory sector practitioners working in effective and balanced partnerships with non-statutory sector practitioners. We will document the strategies by which this is achieved, and obstacles to and facilitators of change so that other Trusts can improve their pathways to care.

National EPIC Team:
Prof K Bhui, Prof K McKenzie, Dr B Sass, Ms J Moffat.

EPIC Evaluation Team:
Prof K Bhui, Prof K McKenzie, Ms C Rivas, Dr S. Dinos, Dr N. Warfa.

Please address enquiries to:

Professor Kamaldeep Bhui
Centre for Psychiatry
Old Anatomy Building
Barts and The London
Charterhouse Square
London EC1M 6BQ

CHIMES is a collaboration between Royal Free and University College Medical School and Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry in the University of London.

The work was supported by the National Institute of Mental Health England and the National Mental Health Development Unit.

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