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  1. Content Article
    Key findings Report commissioned by Look Ahead Care and Support finds increasing demand for children and young people’s crisis mental health services amidst challenges with existing services. Yet researchers heard from professionals, service users and their families and carers found that you “had to have attempted suicide multiple times to be offered inpatient support". Interviewees say A&E departments have become an ‘accidental hub’ for children and young people experiencing crisis but are ill equipped to offer the treatment required. Private sector providers no
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    Coroner's Matters of Concerns Evidence given at the inquest revealed that there were seven different organisations involved in Hayley’s care all of whom had different systems for recording their clinical notes. The evidence given at the inquest revealed that each of the organisations were reliant on being copied into correspondence or on specific information being shared by others. The evidence at the inquest revealed that communication between those involved in her short life was inadequate and, as each ran separate clinical records systems, they could not access crucial in
  3. News Article
    The number of children in England needing treatment for serious mental health problems has risen by 39% in a year, official data shows. Experts say the pandemic, social inequality, austerity and online harm are all fuelling a crisis in which NHS mental health treatment referrals for under-18s have increased to more than 1.1m in 2021-22. In 2020-21 – the first year of the pandemic – the figure was 839,570, while in 2019-20 there were 850,741 referrals, according to analysis of official figures by the PA Media. The figures include children who are suicidal, self-harming, suffering
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    Mental health professionals have unveiled a "toolkit" to help school nurses support pupils with eating disorders. Bath-based campaigner Hope Virgo developed the strategy with the School and Public Health Nurses Association (Saphna) after a rise in cases. The toolkit aims to equip school nurses with techniques to discuss eating disorders, and also "what not to say". Ms Virgo has called on the government to deal with the backlog those waiting for treatment, which totalled 1,946 at the beginning of March, data from eating disorder charity Beat shows. Sharon White, Saphna's cha
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    The toolkit provides information and guidance on the following topics: What are eating disorders? How do you know if it is an eating disorder? Breaking myths about eating disorders Confidentiality Consent How to speak to a child or young person who is struggling What to do if a child of young person is unable to open up What not to say to someone with an eating disorder How to speak to parents/carers if you have concerns Taking action Referrals NICE guidance It also includes a template safety plan that can be compl
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    1. Centre for Mental Health briefing: Poverty, economic inequality and mental health (26 July 2022) This briefing paper by the think tank Centre for Mental Health explores the links between factors that worsen mental health. It highlights evidence showing that living in poverty increases people’s risk of mental health difficulties, and that more unequal societies have higher overall levels of mental ill health. It also highlights inequalities in access to primary care and mental health services across the UK and demonstrates how economic inequality combines with structural racism to under
  7. News Article
    Patients are being excluded from life-saving eating disorder treatment as services are severely underfunded, experts have warned. Adult eating disorder services are so severely underfunded and understaffed that they are having to employ rationing measures and turn away patients, leading psychiatrist Dr Agnes Ayton told The Independent. In their research, Dr Ayton and 22 other psychiatrists found that in 2019-20, just 31% of eating disorder services accepted all patients, regardless of the level of illness. The researchers warned that the situation had become more serious followi
  8. Content Article
    When we talk about eating disorders, a lot of people will immediately think of a white, emaciated teenage girl. This stereotype, combined with high levels of stigma, is a huge contributing factor as to why so many people affected by eating disorders are unable to access support from the health system. When people face barriers to accessing eating disorder services, it prevents them from getting potentially life-saving help. Hospital admissions for people with eating disorders have increased by 84% in the last five years. Eating disorders are not new illnesses, but what we know is that the
  9. Content Article
    Recommendations 1. Medical and psychiatric ward staff need to be aware that patients with eating disorders being admitted to a medical or paediatric ward may be at high risk despite appearing well and having normal blood parameters. 2. The role of the primary care team is to monitor patients with eating disorders, refer them early and provide monitoring after discharge, in collaboration with medical services and EDSs (including community EDSs). Eating disorders are covered, in England, by the term severe mental illness and physical checks in primary care should be performed, even if u
  10. News Article
    Children’s lives are being put at risk, charities warn, as waiting times for eating disorder services soar to record highs. The number of children waiting more than four months following an urgent referral for an eating disorder was more than seven times higher at the end of 2021-22 compared to the same period in the previous year. Data showed that at the end of quarter four of 2021-22, 94 children were waiting more than 12 weeks following an urgent referral, the highest on record, compared to just 13 at the end of 2020-21. The latest NHS data on waiting times for community eati
  11. News Article
    A hospital for adults with eating disorders has been rated inadequate after inspectors found the provision of food was "unsafe and unacceptable". A Care Quality Commission (CQC) report of the Schoen Clinic in York said some patients were given mouldy bread and one was served food containing plastic. Concerns were also raised around lack of staff and patient safety, though wards were clean and well-equipped. Schoen Clinic Group said issues raised in the report "were quickly addressed". Following the inspection in January the hospital has been placed in special measures and w
  12. News Article
    Two leading medical organisations have told the BBC that GPs are not getting the right support to treat eating disorders. The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the British Medical Association (BMA) say doctors need more time with patients and more specialist units. Beat Eating Disorders asked nearly 1,700 people about their experience of trying to get a diagnosis from their GP. Over 92% asked thought their GP needed more training with eating disorders. Out of those questioned, 69% also said they felt their GP didn't know how to help them. The survey has been rele
  13. News Article
    On average, UK medical students receive less than two hours of teaching on eating disorders throughout their entire medical degree. Even more concerningly, a fifth of medical schools do not include eating disorders at all in their teaching. Given that 1 in 50 people in the UK suffer from an eating disorder, and around 5% of the population will be affected at some point in their lifetime, this is something that needs to change. This week is Eating Disorders Awareness Week and Beat Eating Disorders are campaigning for UK medical schools to introduce comprehensive training on eating di
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    This Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Beat is asking for all future doctors to be given the training they need on eating disorders, and we need your help. We are holding a webinar to discuss this campaign and your role in taking it to the next level. During the webinar, the campaigns team will be covering: The history of medical training on eating disorders in the UK What changes Beat are campaigning for The progress of the campaign so far How you can get involved in the campaign Register
  15. Content Article
    Food challenges In the early days of the pandemic there were many reports of food shortages. This was extremely anxiety provoking for people with eating disorders who rely on ‘safe foods’ and found that these foods were out of stock. Some people who suffered from binge eating disorders reported that the emphasis on stockpiling foods in case they ran out led to many binges. Some people with eating disorders find it easier to eat out with others and the inability to do this was hard for some. Staying at home Various orders to stay at home over the past two years have been challengin
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    Bringing together clinical expertise, lived experience and new research, EDIC 2022 will showcase and debate approaches for re-establishing our eating disorder services in the most equitable, accessible and impactful way possible as we rebuild after the pandemic. Register
  17. News Article
    Millions of patients in England face dangerously long waits for mental health care unless ministers urgently draw up a recovery plan to tackle a “second pandemic” of depression, anxiety, psychosis and eating disorders, NHS leaders and doctors have warned. The Covid crisis has sparked a dramatic rise in the numbers of people experiencing mental health problems, with 1.6 million waiting for specialised treatment and another 8 million who cannot get on the waiting list but would benefit from support, the heads of the NHS Confederation and the Royal College of Psychiatrists have told the Guar
  18. Content Article
    Mental Health Safety Improvement Programme Early Intervention Eating Disorder (FREED) Focus ADHD Supporting high impact users in Emergency Departments (SHarED) Future Challenges: Young People and Mental Health Resilience S12 Solutions
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    The NHS can no longer treat every child with an eating disorder, a leading psychiatrist has warned, as “worrying” figures reveal hospital admissions have risen 41% in a year. A dramatic surge in cases during the pandemic has left already struggling community services overstretched with many unable to care for everyone who requires help, experts said. NHS Digital data for England shows a sharp rise in admissions in every area of the country. The provisional data for April to October 2021 – the most recent available – shows there were 4,238 hospital admissions for children aged 17 and
  20. News Article
    Patients in the US are able to order “don’t weigh me” cards to take to the doctors in a move aimed at reducing anxiety and stress on a visit. The US group behind the initiative said being weighed and talking about weight “causes feelings of stress and shame for many people”. The cards say: “Please don’t weigh me unless it is (really) medically necessary.” It adds: “If you really need my weight, please tell me why so that I can give you my informed consent”. On the other side, it explains why the patient may not want to be weighed, including “when you focus on my weight I ge
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