The YEP spoke with Dr William Rhys Jones, Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Lead at the Yorkshire Centre for Eating Disorders in Leeds, as part of our series to mark Eating Disorders Awareness Week. The Leeds Community Treatment Service, run by Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, launched in 2013.
It is staffed by a wide-ranging team, including medics, psychiatrists, dietitians, therapists, health support workers and nurses. Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Leeds student opens up about her battle.
The service, among the first of its kind in the country, offers community-based tailored treatment, either at home or a even a GP practice, offering flexible weekly or daily sessions.
Dr Jones said it created a “half-way house” between weekly outpatient and inpatient services. The alternatives before the service was launched was either a stay on the ward, or one weekly hour-long session.
He said: “The community service has been a huge success for patients, and in terms of freeing up beds.
”There is an average three-year wait (according to the charity Beat) before people get specialist treatment for eating disorders and that is unacceptable.
“You would not accept that for things like cancer or even diabetes.”
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