Improving diagnosis of eating disorders

Supporting mental health teams to speed up diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders in young people.

This is a national AHSN Network adoption and spread initiative. 

This area of work will be supporting mental health teams across the region to speed up diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders in young people aged 16 to 25. 

An eating disorder is an unhealthy attitude to food, which can take over an individual’s life and cause illness. It can involve eating too much or too little, or becoming obsessed with your weight and body shape. The most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia, binge eating disorder (BED), and other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED).

What are the outcomes we are trying to achieve?

  • Earlier intervention and treatment of eating disorders in young people
  • Reduction in the length of time young people have untreated eating disorders
  • Reduction in waiting times, day/in-patient admissions and bed days
  • Cost savings through reduced use of healthcare services, in particular reduced need for day/in-patient admissions.
Nick Clarke Eastern AHSN
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If you would like to learn more about the rollout of this intervention in the east please contact [email protected]

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This is a national AHSN Network adoption and spread initiative.  More information about the eating disorders programme of work is available here.

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