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National Eating Disorders Summit: News and Updates

The National Eating Disorders Summit focused on ensuring rapid early intervention for people with eating disorders, in line with the national waiting time standard, and developing a gold standard service including dedicated community eating disorder services.

Through national updates, lived experience and practical case studies the conference also looked at how you can implement the new National Standards for eating disorders as outlined in the five year forward view implementation plan published in July 2016

The conference addressed preventing relapse, commissioning effective eating disorder services and looking forward to the NICE Guidance on Eating Disorders: Recognition and Treatment which is due to be published in April 2017.

Speaker updates and presentations

New pathways for Eating Disorders in Children and Young People

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

  • 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 O’Herlih's Full Presentation Click Here

Anne comments:

"There is a lack of investment in eating disorders/mental health services.  It needs to be brought up to parity with physical health services

The future of the service needs to bring together children, young people, parents and carers

The aim is to improve capacity to see 70,000 patients by 2020

It is proven that by delivering one Community Based Eating Disorder team it reduces the need for in-patient care.  It also improves recovery and relapse

Early intervention is key"

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EXTENDED SESSION: Meeting quality standards for Eating Disorder Services: Assuring and improving the quality of services treating people with eating disorders and their carers

Harriet Clarke Programme Manager Royal College of Psychiatrists

This session focused on the Quality Network for Eating Disorders, an initiative of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The network sets standards for eating disorder services and reviews them using a process of self- and peer-review. The session outlined the framework for quality network standards and meeting the standards in practice. This session also looked at alternative approaches to services for young adults and transition to adult services.

Harriet Clarke’s Full Presentation Click Here

Harriet comments:

"The service is a charity so non profit making" "All networks are self funded"
"It is not an inspection, it’s a peer review service and is ideal to use as a benchmark against other services"
"It is key in the network to get involvement from service users and care representatives.  They are involved in the development of all standards"

Harriet Clarke Biography

Harriet has worked at the Royal College of Psychiatrists Centre for Quality Improvement for over five years and currently manages several Quality Networks and Accreditation Schemes. These include the Quality Networks for Inpatient and Community CAMHS as well as the Quality Network for Eating Disorders. Over the past 3 years, they have developed specific standards for Inpatient Eating Disorder CYP services and more recently for Community Eating Disorder CYP services. Details of these can be found on the website

Future Events of Interest:

Dual Diagnosis: Implementing the NEW NICE Guidance
Monday 23 January 2017 
De Vere, West One

Self Neglect and Adult Safeguarding
Friday 27 January 2017 
De Vere West One

Transforming Mental Health Services for Children & Young Adults
Monday 30 January 2017 
De Vere West One

Reducing Restrictive Practice & Interventions
Friday 3 February 2017 
De Vere West One Conference Centre

Masterclass: Individual Management Reviews for Domestic Homicide Reviews & the use of Root Cause Analysis
Tuesday 7 February 2017 
De Vere West One Conference Centre

Investigation of Deaths & Serious Incidents in Mental Health Services
Friday 10 February 2017 
De Vere West One

Towards Zero Suicide: Preventing Suicide, Saving Lives
Thursday 23 February 2017 
The Studio

Psychosis & Schizophrenia: Early interventions & successful pathways
Friday 24 February 2017 
De Vere West One Conference Centre

Electronic Prescribing in Mental Health
Friday 10 March 2017 
De Vere West One Conference Centre

Psychological Therapies in the NHS
Wednesday 15 March 2017 — Thursday 16 March 
Millenium Conference Centre

Improving the Physical Health of Adults with Severe Mental Illness
Friday 24 March 2017 
De Vere West One Conference Centre

Masterclass: The Use of Restrictive Interventions: The legal framework
Wednesday 29 March 2017 
Doubletree, Hilton London, West End

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults in Mental Health Services
Tuesday 25 April 2017 
De Vere West One

Achieving Better Access for Mental Health Crisis Care
Friday 28 April 2017 
De Vere West One Conference Centre

Medically Unexplained Symptoms /Somatic Symptom Disorder National Summit 2017
Thursday 11 May 2017 
The Studio

Service User Experience in Mental Health
Friday 12 May 2017 
De Vere West One

Mental Health Support for Asylum Seekers and Refugees Providing Emotional First Aid for Refugees, Second Annual Conference
Monday 22 May 2017 
De Vere Conference Centre

Masterclass: Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
Monday 19 June 2017 
De Vere West One Conference Centre

The Mental Capacity Act Masterclass
Monday 10 July 2017 
De Vere West One Conference Centre


16 January 2017


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