HSJ award nominees announced

A cross-partner team focusing on speeding up treatment for young people with eating disorders has been nominated for the Mental Health Innovation of the Year at this year’s HSJ Awards.

freedThe first episode and rapid early intervention for eating disorders (FREED) team from South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London treat people with bulimia or anorexia aged 18 to 25 who present at the very beginning of their illness.

FREED was set up in 2014, with funding from the Health Foundation. The model has since been successfully adapted by North East London, Central and North West London, and Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trusts.

The HSJ Awards have been celebrating healthcare excellence for 39 years – focusing on improving outcomes, experience and value. Through a rigorous, fair and transparent judging process, the awards produce a roll call of the best organisations, teams and people in the NHS and the wider health sector.

Speaking earlier this summer, Professor Ulrike Schmidt, Professor of Eating Disorders at King’s College London and Consultant Psychiatrist at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust [pictured above with the FREED team], said:

Five years ago when we developed and set up FREED we could not have imagined its unprecedented success. Starting from a small local pilot project, we scaled it across several trusts and we are now on course towards making FREED a national model of care.

Read the full list of nominated projects.

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