South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Scaling up early intervention services for young people with eating disorders

As part of the Health Foundation’s second scaling up improvement programme we provided coaching and advice to FREED, an early intervention service for young people with eating disorders, to enable the successful roll out their model across London and Yorkshire.

A key barrier to early, effective treatment is poor access to services. The FREED (First episode Rapid Early intervention for Eating Disorders) programme has been shown to reduce waiting times for treatment and the duration of untreated eating disorders in young people (aged 16 to 25) who have had an eating disorder for less than three years.

There are now eight services using or preparing to use FREED. By 2020 it is hoped that FREED will be available to at least two-thirds of the UK population and will be used as a national service delivery model.

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