Wednesday 24th January was a ‘red-letter day’ for public services for those diagnosed with eating disorders in Ireland. The HSE Clinical Strategy and Programmes Division, and Mental Health Services, having collaborated with the College of Psychiatrists and Bodywhys, published the long-awaited Model of Care for services for those with eating disorders. This Model of Care is the blueprint for a public pathway for both children and adolescents, as well as adults, who have been diagnosed with an eating disorder. This Model of Care encompasses important core values such as expertise and consistency, appropriate and individualised treatment and support, and allowing time for a person to recover. Together with Bodywhys as its support partner, this stepped care model aims to meet the complex clinical needs of people with eating disorders and their families / carers. Implementation of the new model of care has already begun, and one of our own psychotherapists Harriet Parsons is specially acknowledged as collaborating with the partners to ensure that the patient voice, and patient’s needs are at the heart of the plan.

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