Written Question on Eating Disorders

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Date Title Questioner
14 Mar 2018, 3:34 p.m. Eating Disorders Siobhain McDonagh


To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the amount of time between symptoms of an eating disorder emerging and treatment for that disorder starting.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

Information on the reporting of symptoms emerging and treatment beginning is not collected.

The access and waiting time standard for children and young people with eating disorders states that by 2020/21 evidence-based community eating disorder services for children and young people will be in place in all areas, ensuring that 95% of children in need receive treatment within one week for urgent cases, and four weeks for routine cases.

The latest figures show that the waiting time standard for access to treatment for eating disorders is on track to be met as planned:

- 76.9% of patients started urgent treatment within one week in Q3 (October - December 2017); and

- 83.1% of patients started routine treatment within four weeks in Q3 (October - December 2017).

Source: NHS England

A pathway for adults with eating disorders, together with detailed implementation guidance for providers, is being developed by the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health in partnership with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. This work will be fully informed by the available evidence and the views of experts by experience.

In parallel to this, a baseline data collection will be undertaken to measure existing levels of investment, capacity and activity across inpatient and community services for adults with eating disorders to assess the feasibility of introducing a mandatory waiting time standard.

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