The British Medical Journal’s (BMJ) prize for Mental Health Team of the Year was awarded in May to the FREED team from the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London.
First episode and rapid early intervention for eating disorders (FREED) is a novel service for young people with a first episode of an eating disorder, which focuses on optimal delivery of rapid, personally tailored and well integrated care. The introduction of FREED has been shown to significantly improve treatment uptake, clinical outcomes and service satisfaction and reduces needs for in-patient care.
With support from the Health Foundation, FREED is currently being rolled out to three other large mental health trusts.
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