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Eating Disorders Summit: Implementing the new NICE guidelines

Prof Ivan EislerProf Ivan Eisler

News and presentations from today’s conference focusing on the NICE guideline for Eating Disorders and how you can ensure you are achieving compliance.  Attendees were given the opportunity to hear practical advice and tips on implementing changes to their service to ensure compliance. The NICE guideline stresses the need for immediate referral, condemns use of physical measurements as the only indicator of severity, and outlines that individuals should not be travelling long distances for treatment. It states that inpatient care plans should be developed with the patient and their carers, and thought should be given to the aim of their admission and transition back to the community.

NICE update: Eating disorders - recognition and treatment

Prof Ivan Eisler: Core Member Eating disorders: treatment and recognition guideline Committee Emeritus Professor of Family Psychology and Family Therapy Kings College Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Joint Head of Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Service South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Eisler provided an update on the NICE Guidlines, discussing how effective evidence based treatments should be aligned with evidence based practice. He looked at the guidance recommendations and also covered criticisms of NICE including; how it relies on a narrow definitition of what counts as relevant evidence, it confuses operation description of pyschological treatemtn with the treatment itself, and it ignores the role of clinical judgement and patient preferences and values that are crucial in tailoring treatments to specific patients/families. 

Prof Eisler went on to present a case study of the London care pathways study and the importance of a stepped care approach and early identification.

View the NICE Guideline

Link to PowerPoint presentation

New pathways for Eating Disorders in Children and Young People

Anne O’Herlihy Child and Adolescent Mental Health Project Manager NHS England

In her session Anne discussed

  • what does a gold standard eating disorder service look like?
  • service models and pathways
  • new resources for evidence based community eating disorder teams: elements of an effective community service
  • looking forward to the waiting time standard for Eating Disorders due in 2017
  • NHS England update


Anne said there is a £1.4bn investment by 2020 in children and young people's mental health, with improved and swift access for 70000 more children, a focus on retaining and recruiting skilled staff trained in evidence based treatments, and improved crisis care including supporting people in their homes. The New Care Models programme includes funding to support better integration between inpatient and community care.

Further information on the NHS England website

Link to PowerPoint presentation

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