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Specialist teams have been set up to improve diagnosis, care and support for people with eating disorders in Wales.

Two specialist regional teams for adults, covering north and south Wales, are working with existing health providers. These include:

  • GPs
  • social services
  • community mental health teams.

The service aims to:

  • simplify access to specialist eating disorder services by providing a single point of entry and a standard criteria for referral to other services
  • enhance joint working by staff and services to tailor support to individuals living with eating disorders
  • provide specialist clinical staff to support and train other health professionals to recognise and manage treatment for people with eating disorders
  • provide access to a range of evidence based therapies that will be offered on an individual or group basis to patients and their families.

Public Health Wales has reviewed the 'Eating Disorders – A Framework for Wales 2009' and provided advice on what revisions may be appropriate to update the framework. A more formal review will be undertaken following the publication of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance 'Eating Disorders – recognition and treatment', due to be published in April 2017.