Young people in Bolton to benefit from new community eating disorder service

Published on Monday 19 December 2016

A new community-based service for children and young people with eating disorders has been jointly developed in Bolton and Wigan thanks to additional funding from commissioners. 

The new service, which will launch in April 2017, has been developed with the expertise of Bolton and Wigan eating disorder services in order to meet new national requirements. Together, the boroughs of Bolton and Wigan will build on existing work to develop an improved and dedicated service for young people with eating disorders and their families in the local community.

The specialist service will be provided by 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with leading national eating disorder charity Beat and Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust.

Commissioned by NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group, the service will be delivered from clinics in both Bolton and Wigan so service users and their families can access support close to home.

The eating disorder service will provide 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 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.

Simon Barber, Chief Executive at 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“It’s great that young people in both Bolton and Wigan will soon have access to a dedicated community eating disorder service and we look forward to building on our significant experience of delivering similar services in Wigan to now support young people in Bolton, as part of the wider Greater Manchester young people's eating disorder service network.

“The extra funding will enable us to establish a high-quality, needs-led service, which will provide dedicated, specialist support for young people with eating disorders and their families.”

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.

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