North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded the contract to provide the service for the next three years and will be delivering it in partnership with national leading eating disorder charity Beat and St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
Commissioned by NHS Halton Clinical Commissioning Group, Knowsley Clinical Commissioning Group, St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group and Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group, the service marks a significant step in 5 Boroughs Partnership’s growth plans and will be the first time the Trust has delivered a dedicated children and young people’s eating disorder service across these four boroughs.
The service provides assessment, treatment and support for young people with eating disorders and their families. It aims to promote the early detection and treatment of eating disorders through a combination of one-to-one support and family therapy, along with support from a qualified dietitian.
The service will operate alongside North West Boroughs existing community eating disorder service for adults in Knowsley and St Helens, and its community eating disorder service for young people in Wigan and Bolton.
The Trust and its partners will now be working to establish the service and will be working closely with local schools, colleges and GP practices to build links and raise awareness of the service.
Anyone who is concerned that they or someone they know may have an eating disorder can contact Beat’s helpline for support, advice and information on 0345 634 1414 or visit www.b-eat.co.uk. People under the age of 18 can also contact Beat’s Youthline on 0345 634 7650.