Monday, November 06, 2017

Innovative eating disorders service wins award

FREED (first episode and rapid early intervention for eating disorders), set up by our Trust and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London, has received a Positive Practice in Mental Health Award.

This innovative service focuses on effective treatment for young people aged 18-25 who are in the early stages of their illness. It has been shown to improve clinical outcomes and reduce the need for inpatient care.

FREED was set up in 2014, with funding from the Health Foundation. The service also won the British Medical Journal’s Mental Health Team of the Year Award in May.

Danielle Glennon, Clinical Lead at the Eating Disorders Service, said: "I am so proud of the work we’re doing and that others understand how early intervention in eating disorders is really important. We’ve significantly reduced waiting times for the assessment and treatment of eating disorders. Our excellent engagement with patients means we have a low treatment drop-out rate".

The model has already been successfully adapted by North East London, Central and North West London, and Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trusts.

Professor Ulrike Schmidt, FREED Evaluation Lead and Professor of Eating Disorders at King’s College London, added: "We would like FREED to be a national model of service delivery. We are also keen to use the project as a springboard for further research into early intervention for eating disorders, very much analogous to what has been happening in the psychosis field over the last two decades".

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