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CR170. Eating Disorders in the UK: Service Distribution, Service Development and Training

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Approved: May 2011

Published: Mar 2012

Status: current

Number of pages: 56

Review by: 2016

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This report is from the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Section of Eating Disorders who have recently surveyed specialist eating disorders services for adults in the UK.

The survey demonstrated a welcome increase in number of services since the previous College report. However, it appears that this increase is mainly explained by a growth in small services that do not fulfil all criteria of a specialist service. This has implications for the quality of care provided, for instance in terms of the confidence of services in dealing with severe or complex presentations, access to a range of evidence-based treatments and transitions between services.

Aims of this report:

  1. To conduct a review of service provision for eating disorders (with emphasis on quantity and quality) in the UK and Ireland.
  2. To assess need for training posts in eating disorders.

Specific objectives of this report:

  1. To conduct a mapping exercise of eating disorder service provision for children, adolescents and adults within the NHS and private sector across the whole of the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
  2. To get a measure of adherence to key National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommendations within eating disorder services.

This report replaces CR87. Eating Disorders in the UK: Policies for Service Development and Training from 2001.



  • Working group
  • Executive summary and recommendations
  • Aims and objectives
  • Background
  • Training of specialists in the psychiatry of eating disorders
  • Main findings of the 2008 survey of eating disorders services in the UK and Ireland
  • Surveys of service providers and patients


A. Questionnaire for health professionals with a special interest in eating disorders (includes all CAMHS practitioners)

B. Eating disorders services: questionnaire for health professionals in general adult services

C. Eating disorders services: questionnaire for service users

D. Definitions




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