Specialist eating disorder teams for Wales

Two specialist teams will be set up to improve diagnosis, care and support for people with eating disorders in Wales, according to health minister Edwina Hart.

Edwina Hart
Edwina Hart

The teams, for North and South Wales, will include specialist clinicians and work closely with GP surgeries, social services, child and adolescent mental health services and community mental health services.

£500,000 government funding will be available this year for staff recruitment and training. Afterwards, £1m will be available to run and develop services.

One aim is to simplify access to specialist eating disorder services by providing a single point of entry and standardising criteria for referral to other services.

£5,000 is available for the development of an electronic course on eating disorders for primary care workers.

Mrs Hart said: ‘Prompt diagnosis and treatment is essential in providing support and care for people with eating disorders.'

neil.durham@haymarket.com

  • Should these teams be introduced across the UK?

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