Young people with eating disorders are being supported by a well-structured team who work well together, according to a recent review.
The Young People Eating Disorder Service run by Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust scored highly on all 10 elements of the assessment carried out by the Quality Network for Community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (QNCC) and overseen by the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP).
The review found that the service, which operates across Lancashire and South Cumbria, was praised for being:
- Well-structured with a team that works cohesively to meet demands
- A team which works well together and are driven to support the needs of young people
- Recognised by parents and carers who said staff go above and beyond to support them
- A responsive team which ensures parents and carers are supported by phone and email
In addition, the service scored 100 per cent on four elements of the review, including the assessment and care planning, rights and safeguarding, transfer of care and commissioning. The services also scored 98% in care and intervention and multi-agency working, 96% in staffing and training, 95% in referral and access, 90% in information, consent and confidentiality, and 88% in location, environment and facilities.
Dr Elizabeth Crabtree, Clinical Director at Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted by these results. We have been working hard to improve our services including patient and staff wellbeing – and this result just shows that this hard work is now paying off. As part of the review, a QNCC team spent a day at the services speaking to staff, young people and parents about the service. This followed a self-review where our staff rated themselves against the standards.”
If you are concerned about the habits of someone you know, or if you are a carer for someone living with an eating disorder you can find more information at www.lscft.nhs.uk/eating-disorders. People can self-refer in to the service or get a referral from their GPs or another health professional.