The FREED Network consists of all services using FREED – First Episode Rapid Early Intervention for Eating Disorders. The Network is coordinated by the FREED team at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust Eating Disorder Service. However, collaboration and cross-site learning is encouraged across all services in the Network and the Maudsley team welcomes feedback and input from other services.
Register with FREED to access the professional training platform and toolkit – an online training package and implementation toolkit for services interested in adopting FREED. This material is free for NHS professionals but requires registration to access.
The Maudsley team provides training in FREED for all services joining the Network. This training is currently free for NHS services. Subsequently, learning events are arranged 1-2 times per year. These allow services in the Network to meet and collaborate and to hear of developments and outcomes across the FREED Network and in the field of early intervention for eating disorders.
Services involved in the FREED Network share a core set of de-identified data, including waiting times for treatment and basic clinical outcomes, on a quarterly basis. This information is reported as anonymous, pooled data for the FREED Network as a whole but each service also receives a summary of their local outcomes. Research collaboration is very welcome when services are interested in this.
Our goal is to help all NHS eating disorder services adopt FREED. If your service is interested, please contact Danielle Glennon, Clinical Lead/Principal Psychotherapist and FREED Service Lead. You may also want to download our quiz to see how ‘FREED Ready’ you are.
We are also interested in helping services outside of the UK adopt FREED. Again, if you are interested, please get in touch with Danielle Glennon.
If you would like to share your experiences of having an eating disorder or receiving eating disorder treatment, or of caring for someone with an eating disorder, we would love to hear from you too. We continually evaluate what we do based on feedback from service users and the community.
Professor of Eating Disorders, Consultant Psychiatrist and FREED Evaluation Lead (Kings College London)
Clinical Lead/Principal Psychotherapist and FREED Service Lead (Maudsley)
Principal Clinical Psychologist and FREED Network Lead (Maudsley)
Senior Counselling Psychologist and FREED Network Coordinator (Maudsley)
Psychological Therapies Lead and FREED lead (Birmingham)
Clinical Psychologist and FREED Champion (Hampshire)
Psychological Therapist and FREED Champion (Black Country)
Assistant Psychologist (Black Country)
Counselling Psychologist in Training (Black Country)
Mental Health Practitioner (Cambridge)
Occupational Therapist, FREED Champion (Norfolk)
FREED Champion and Occupational Therapist (Cornwall)
Nurse Therapist / Non-medical Prescriber and FREED Champion (Derbyshire)
FREED Champion & Occupational Therapist (West Essex)
Clinical Team Leader (Hull)
Eating Disorder Family Practitioner and FREED Champion (Hull)
Eating Disorders Therapist and FREED Champion (Leicestershire)
Assistant Psychologist (Leicestershire)
Senior Eating Disorders Practitioner & FREED Co-ordinator (Lincolnshire)
Eating Disorder Service Lead / Consultant Clinical Psychologist (Liverpool)
FREED Champion / Clinical Psychologist (Liverpool)
FREED Champion / Specialist Nurse (Liverpool)
Psychological Therapist and FREED Champion (Manchester)
Clinical Psychologist/Acting Clinical Lead (Greater Manchester)
Clinical Psychologist/FREED Champion (Greater Manchester/Salford)
Counselling Psychologist / FREED Champion (Greater Manchester - Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale)
Senior Specialist Nurse & FREED Champion (Kent & Medway)
Counsellor & FREED Champion (SET CAMHS, Essex)
FREED Champion and Specialist Mental Health Nurse (Nottinghamshire)
FREED Lead (Somerset)
Principal Clinical Psychologist (Somerset)
Counselling Psychologist / FREED Champion (South-West London & St George's)
Mental Health Practitioner / FREED Champion (Surrey & Borders)
Senior Eating Disorders practitioner & FREED Champion (Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys) / Project Lead FREED, AHSN NENC (Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear)
Principal Clinical Psychologist / Clinical Lead (West London)
CBT Therapist and FREED Champion (West London)
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Part of what makes FREED special is that it is an evidence-based intervention. It was developed out of evidence and research, and it has been thoroughly evaluated so that we know it works.
This makes it really important that we continue to evaluate the effectiveness of FREED in different settings and for different patient groups. We ask all teams in the FREED Network to gather the same core strands of data and provide these to us so that we can build a national data set. This means that we can:
Further evaluate the effectiveness of FREED as a model of early intervention for eating disorders.
Help each partner site in the FREED Network to monitor the effectiveness of FREED in their service.
Better understand cost and cost-effectiveness of implementing FREED in UK services.
We welcome research collaboration from different groups and members of the FREED Network are also involved in other national and international research projects for eating disorders.
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