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PIER Team (Psychosis Intervention and Early Recovery)

Early Intervention Team

The aim of our service is to help people (aged 14 to 64 years) who have experienced a first episode of psychosis to recover, to manage any ongoing difficulties, and to minimise the chance of potential relapse. We also offer support to families. 

Mental Health difficulties can affect many people at some level during their lives, whether this is feeling stressed, anxious or low in mood.

Sometimes people have experiences they find difficult to explain. This could be hearing voices, tasting, smelling or seeing things that other people cannot.  At other times people have unusual thoughts— such as feeling that others can read their minds, that they are being controlled or that they have special powers.

These experiences are often called ‘psychosis’. The P.I.E.R. team has been set up to work especially with people who have experienced a first episode of psychosis.

If you require any further information regarding the service please contact us on the telephone number below or speak to your GP.

How Does Our Service Work?

The team consists of a range of mental health workers including psychiatric nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, support workers and youth and community workers. Service users benefit from a range of individual and group work depending upon their needs and all will have a named worker who will coordinate their care.

The team has in excess of 10,000 contacts with service users per year covering the whole of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Our service is delivered from:

  • Service users’ homes
  • Health centres
  • GP surgeries

How Can You Access Our Service?

To access our service you can:

  • Speak to your GP
  • Speak to any other healthcare professional involved in your care

Contact Us

By telephone on 0116 2943167

Our address:
Merlyn Vaz Health and Social Care Centre
1 Spinney Hill Road

How Did We Do?

If you have any comments or queries about our service then please let us know by emailing

My journey from psychosis to psychology

V Gupta experienced her first psychotic episode whilst travelling during her year out from university. She came back feeling paranoid and convinced that there were cameras in places she was staying and that people were trying to poison her. She thought her family were imposters and didn’t want to leave the house. Two years on, with help from Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust’s Psychosis Intervention and Early Recovery (PIER) team, she is on the road to recovery, has obtained a 2:1 BSc in Psychology and is studying to become a community mental health nurse. Read V Gupta's story in her own words

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