Projects and activities

Prevention

The team aims to prevent eating disorders through a number of activities, including:

  • Preventing the development of the symptoms of disordered eating at the earliest opportunity, through the implementation of the Succeed healthy body image programme , researched and piloted by staff at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol). This intervention is a collaboration between Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership, UWE, and Bristol and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups. The team have already secured a small service innovation grant of £18,000 for this project
  • Providing education for parents, carers, teachers and GPs, to assist in early identification of eating disorders
  • Developing internet resources that might be especially useful in schools to raise awareness of eating disorders
  • Working with schools to promote positive body image among pupils from an early age

Treatment

Improving services and care pathways for people with eating disorders will be a key part of the work of EDHIT. They will achieve this through:

  • Setting up training and support for GPs to improve management of severe and enduring eating disorder (SEED) patients. Such patients may be clinically risky and yet may choose not to be in contact with specialist services, so the responsibility for medical monitoring and support can fall to GPs. The team will undertake research to examine GPs’ needs in this area
  • Closer, collaborative working across the entire care economy for people with eating disorders. Patients with eating disorders may cross many boundaries between different organisations and services throughout the years of their illness and along the length of their care pathway. Transitions along the care pathway include:
    • medical and mental health services
    • adolescent and adult services
    • primary, secondary and tertiary care
    • inpatient and outpatient
    • specialist treatment intervention and on-going non-specialist support

Projects and activities

Prevention

The team aims to prevent eating disorders through a number of activities, including:

  • Preventing the development of the symptoms of disordered eating at the earliest opportunity, through the implementation of the Succeed healthy body image programme , researched and piloted by staff at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol). This intervention is a collaboration between Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership, UWE, and Bristol and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups. The team have already secured a small service innovation grant of £18,000 for this project
  • Providing education for parents, carers, teachers and GPs, to assist in early identification of eating disorders
  • Developing internet resources that might be especially useful in schools to raise awareness of eating disorders
  • Working with schools to promote positive body image among pupils from an early age

Treatment

Improving services and care pathways for people with eating disorders will be a key part of the work of EDHIT. They will achieve this through:

  • Setting up training and support for GPs to improve management of severe and enduring eating disorder (SEED) patients. Such patients may be clinically risky and yet may choose not to be in contact with specialist services, so the responsibility for medical monitoring and support can fall to GPs. The team will undertake research to examine GPs’ needs in this area
  • Closer, collaborative working across the entire care economy for people with eating disorders. Patients with eating disorders may cross many boundaries between different organisations and services throughout the years of their illness and along the length of their care pathway. Transitions along the care pathway include:
    • medical and mental health services
    • adolescent and adult services
    • primary, secondary and tertiary care
    • inpatient and outpatient
    • specialist treatment intervention and on-going non-specialist support
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