IRIS guidelines

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Guideline Two

A key worker should be allocated early following referral of the case in order to develop engagement and rapport and to 'stay with' the client and family/friends through the first 3 years (the 'critical period') preferably within an assertive outreach model

Guideline Three 
An assessment plan and collaborative assessment of needs should be drawn up which is both comprehensive and collaborative, and driven by the needs and preferences of the client and their relatives and friends
Guideline Four

The management of acute psychosis should include low dose, preferably atypical antipsychotics and the structured implementation of cognitive therapy

Guideline Five
Family and friends should be actively involved in the engagement, assessment, treatment and recovery process
Guideline Six
A strategy for relapse prevention and treatment resistance should be implemented
Guideline Seven
A strategy to facilitate clients’ pathway to work and valued occupation should be developed during the critical period
Guideline Eight 
Ensuring that basic needs of everyday living - housing, money, practical support are met