[PDF] Eating disorders in the UK: service distribution, service development and training

Source:
Royal College of Psychiatrists - RCPsych
Publisher:
Royal College of Psychiatrists
Publication date:
01 March 2012

Abstract

Recommendations from this report advocate the following action: for each area of the country, specialist services should be established, with one consultant psychiatrist per million population. Services should provide a combination of outpatient, inpatient and day patient services, with an appropriate range of therapeutic interventions. Expenditure on staffing should be approximately £1 per head of population. Steps should be taken to increase the number of consultant psychiatrists with special expertise in the assessment and treatment of eating disorders. Similar problems apply to the treatment of children and adolescents with eating disorders - services for this group should be fully surveyed and recommendations developed for improving provision.