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New pathways for Eating Disorders in Children and Young People: update from NHS England

Anne O’Herlihy Child and Adolescent Mental Health Project Manager at NHS England spoke at today’s ‘Eating Disorders: Developing a Gold Standard Service’ conference on:

  • what does a gold standard eating disorder service look like?

  • service models and pathways

  • new resources for evidence based community eating disorder teams

  • NHS England update

At today's conference Anne stated:

- barriers to young people, poor resourcing

- new investment only increases from 6% to 7-8% of CYP but it's a start

- it's the clinicians on the ground that drive the change in quality

- we have a key role in developing an education programme

- we need a multidisciplinary team specifically for eating disorders

- need a team of medical and non-medical staff

- the whole team should be trained in identifying need

- if we pick it up early we have good outcomes

- need good data

- ensure that a choice of evidence based interventions are available

- we are building on what we know works

- is it working? There is an increase in the number of cases being closed


In her presentation Anne discussed:

Key challenges for us all

  • Workforce planning and capacity- across all sectors

  • Joint commissioning

  • Understanding of Future in Mind

  • IT planning for MHSDS- need to comply with requirements to be able to flow data and use outcomes in the room

  • Working across the life course – how and when

  • Anxiety about spending the money in the best possible way

Things to celebrate

  • Complete focus from many local areas with clear leadership

  • Joined up approach

  • Focus of strategic players supporting local areas

  • Raised profile of CYP MH locally and nationally

  • Creative ideas and energy

Next steps for ED

  • Identifying and delivering support to areas as required via extra resources in SCNs for CYP MH including ED

  • Analysis of

    • Declared baselines-spend, workforce

    • Key themes e.g. crisis, vulnerable young people

    • KPIs selected – will help inform national KPI development for ED and CYP MH

  • Review and learn from each other

  • Establish peer-review and support network (QNCC-CED) – shared learning

Anne O’Herlihy ‘s full presentation is available for download at the end of this page.

Anne O’Herlihy‘s Biography:

As Project Manager for the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Programme in the Medical Directorate within NHS England, my role involves supporting the CYP IAPT service transformation programme to embed the CYP IAPT principles within CAMHS partnerships, and project lead the CYP eating disorder programme, our participation contracts, training curricula development, and related mental health work within NHS England.  Prior to this post, I worked at the Royal College of Psychiatrists Centre for Quality Improvement (CCQI), where I managed a number of CAMHS health service research projects (NICAPS, 2001; CIRS, 2007; COSI-CAPS, 2007) and quality improvement and accreditation programmes.

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Download: anne-o'herlihy_1329.pdf

10 February 2016


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