Contract to improve adult eating disorders services in England

A four-year multimillion pound contract won by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust to design and deliver an eating disorders services across England.

SLaM The MaudsleySouth London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded a four-year £2.2 million contract to design and deliver the Eating Disorders Service for Adults Whole Team Training (EDSA WTT) programme to every community team in the country.

This contract, which has been awarded by Health Education England, responds to the need to skill up teams to support people who use eating disorder services and ensure they can benefit from high-quality care and evidence-based interventions in line with the EDSA WTT curriculum and competencies.

The annual programme includes blended learning across eight training sessions and access to an online learning hub to ensure that busy professionals and teams can learn flexibly and translate this learning to practice.

Training delivery starts in March 2021 with subsequent years beginning in January 2022, 2023 and 2024. Up to 270 healthcare professionals from teams across England will be trained each year, covering the North East and Yorkshire, North West and Midlands, the East of England, South East, South West and London. South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust are currently recruiting teams and participants for the March 2021 cohort.

The programme engages with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust stakeholders to develop and deliver the programme, ensuring the widest reach and impact possible. Service user, family and carer collaboration features throughout the programme, from the training design and delivery, through to evaluation and quality assurance. More information about the programme is available on Maudsley Learning.

This successful award demonstrates the unparalleled expertise in the field of Eating Disorders at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London, bringing together clinical and academic excellence. The Trust’s award-winning Maudsley Learning team will be working closely with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust clinical academics to deliver this project and bring their expertise in high quality workforce development and training programmes.

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust looks forward to adding this exciting project to its incredible portfolio of work that is all geared towards improving the lives of people in its communities and across the country and demonstrates excellence as a leading healthcare organisation.

The mind and body are inseparable, and mental and physical health conditions are often connected. Integrating mental and physical healthcare services has the potential to vastly improve the care that patients receive.

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