Access and Waiting Time Standard for Children and Young People with an Eating Disorder: Commissioning Guide

NHS England, August 2015

The primary aim of this document is to deliver guidance on establishing and maintaining a community eating disorder service.  This guide is aimed primarily at commissioners, referrers and providers of eating disorder care who are required to agree service development and improvement plans as part of the contracting process. It sets out how to prepare for the Access and Waiting Time Standard for Children and Young People with an Eating Disorder.

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NHS England launches first stage of new programme to improve young people’s mental health services

NHS England, August 2015

NHS England has distributed £30m of funding to improve eating disorder services aiming to achieve 95 per cent of patients being seen within four weeks or one week for urgent cases by 2020.

The funding is the first stage of a new programme to improve children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing and will be used to improve community based eating disorder (ED) services so patients are helped earlier and fewer need in-patient care.

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The Costs of Eating Disorders: Social, Health and Economic Impacts

Beat, 24 February 2015

This economic analysis commissioned by Beat, the eating disorders charity, examines the overall costs of eating disorders to the UK economy, indicates how inconsistent access to treatment can be for individuals, and that the cost to the economy is in the tens of billions of pounds. 

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Funds pledged to help children with eating disorders

BBC News, 2 December 2014

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is set to pledge an extra £150m of funding to help children with eating disorders.  The aim is to invest in preventative therapy to cut the need for hospital treatment…

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MARSIPAN: Management of really sick patients with anorexia nervosa (2nd Ed)

Royal College of Psychiatrists, October 2014

This report aims to clarify the situation and provides recommendations and unambiguous guidelines on the management of patients with severe anorexia nervosa in a number of settings, in order to help reduce the number of avoidable deaths of patients with severe anorexia nervosa. It provides:

  • Advice on physical assessment.
  • Advice to the primary care team and criteria for admission to both medical units and specialist eating disorder units as well as non-specialist psychiatric units, and criteria for transfer between those services.
  • Advice on the required members of the in-patient medical team.
  • Medical, nutritional and psychiatric management of patients with severe anorexia nervosa in medical units, including the appropriate use of mental health legislation.
  • Advice for commissioners on required services for this group of very ill patients.

This is a joint report from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the Royal College of Physicians (London) and the Royal College of Pathologists.

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Charity calls for regulation on sales of laxatives to children

BBC News, 16 October 2014

The UK’s leading eating disorder charity has called for the sale of laxatives to children to be more strictly regulated.  Beat estimates 80% of those affected by eating disorders in the UK have misused laxatives in order to lose weight…

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