2023 has been a very exciting year for the National Clinical Programme for Eating Disorders (NCPED) with a further 6 teams starting to deliver services for children & adolescents and adults. This builds on pre-existing teams to bring the total to 10 teams. We have had successful recruitment of eating disorder clinicians and provided training throughout the year. Our training programme and educational meetings for staff are a key priority so we can ensure that people with eating disorders can receive treatment that research has shown to work best. We were particularly fortunate in 2023 to recruit interested paediatricians and physicians to work with some of our teams.
2021 continued to be a very busy year for the National Clinical Programme for Eating Disorders. The 3 existing community specialist teams received a 120% rise in referrals and completed twice as many assessments. There was a 71% increase in those receiving treatment and recovery rates were maintained. Given the very significant rise in eating disorder presentations and the severity of illnesses, it has been a very challenging year for those experiencing eating disorders and for their families and carers. Our partner organisation Bodywhys have also increased their support services.
Change, challenge and opportunity