Difficult to Treat Psychosis

Course information
Level
Intermediate
Locations
This course will be taking place online
Course information
Level
Intermediate
Locations
This course will be taking place online
About the course

This one-day course provides a best-practice update on treatment-resistant psychosis and clozapine non-responsive schizophrenia. It is delivered by the multidisciplinary team from the National Psychosis Unit (NPU).

Most general psychiatrists in the UK provide care to people with a range of psychotic disorders. Although more people with a single episode of psychosis recover than was previously thought, 23% of people with their first episode of psychosis do not respond to medications from the start and overall a third of people with schizophrenia do not respond to two courses of standard anti-psychotics. 

In those circumstances clozapine is indicated as it is the only evidenced-based treatment for treatment resistant schizophrenia.  

However, there are sometimes problems with tolerability of clozapine. Also, many people do not achieve a full response to clozapine treatment, and there is limited evidence for next steps.  

Course programme

The course will include updates on evidence-based pharmacological and psychological management of 'resistant' psychosis, an update on clinical genomics in psychosis, as well as talks on research to inform future approaches. The day will end with a panel discussion where there will be the opportunity to discuss clinical management strategies with the team.  

The NPU works to facilitate the safe introduction of evidence into clinical practice in a bespoke individualized fashion, with a particular emphasis on innovative approaches and physical health. 

Learning objectives

After attending this course, participants will be able:

  • Summarise the evidence for pharmacological strategies in “resistant” psychosis
  • Know how to improve the tolerability of clozapine
  • Understand the psychological strategies used in the management of people with psychosis
  • Appreciate the potential and limitations of biomarkers in informing management of psychosis
  • Understand the potential for clinical genomics in understanding and managing psychosis

Course schedule

Target audience
Psychiatrists including trainees
Locations
Upcoming date
Length and time
This course will be taking place online
15/09/2021 09:00-17:00
8 hours
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