Adult Eating Disorders

Adult Eating Disorders: Community, Inpatient and Intensive Day Patient Care

This guidance is primarily for commissioners and providers of adult eating disorder services (age 18 years and above), as well as people who use services and those who support them.

It focuses on the optimum model of delivery, including information about the required skill mix in dedicated community eating disorder teams to improve access to treatment, care and support. It covers care provided in the community, as well as inpatient or intensive day patient treatment where required.

The guidance covers services for a range of eating disorders; anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and other specified feeding and eating disorders.

Through a rebalancing of provision, from a focus on inpatient services to expansion of community-based services, adults with eating disorders will be able to access treatment earlier, and closer to home, leading to better outcomes for them and their families.

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