Category Archives: GP

EDIP – So what’s happening to the provision of treatment in the UK..?

So far, we have looked at how you can get your child to the GP successfully.. but what happens after that? the expectation is that your child will be assessed, referred for medical treatment if needed then be referred to your local CAMHS specialist eating disorder service. Sounds like a plan right? Yep, this is what should happen.. but.. this is not the case for many families. Some are having huge difficulties in getting their child to treatment and when they do, they feel misunderstood, frustrated anxious and frightened. Having an eating disorder in your family is very distressing and is a daily struggle, so anxiety and fear is definitely part of it, but what’s happening to create the roadblocks to treatment that many are describing.?

We’re going lift the lid on the issue, hear from families and professionals and start to understand the factors that cause difficulties in accessing treatment. Unless we are able to get a better understanding of what it’s like to access treatment, we won’t be able to make the changes needed that families need.

We know that NHS services are under immense pressure and 2020’s COVID pandemic added serious strain to service delivery. Eating disorder services saw an increase in referrals that stretched resources often beyond their ability to meet the need. This also created an increase in in-patient admissions for treatment. But this doesn’t explain all of the struggles that are being reported by families. I’m hearing many families talk about having access difficulties way before the COVID pandemic – so what’s happening?

This is a change of direction for the podcast, but lots of families in the UK are having massive struggles to access eating disorder treatment and this is adding greatly to their distress. So we need to hear what they have to say and use their voice to inform change in treatment provision.

Are we only going to hear the voice of the family? no – that’s a one sided discussion and won’t give a full picture. We also need to hear from those that commission and deliver services – unless the voice of the family is heard by those that can inform change, no change will happen.

In the next episode, I’m talking to Jen Haken and Becki Copely who have set up support groups for families of those with eating disorders. Come an listen to what they have to say. If you’re interested in joining their support groups – click the links below:

Parent to Professional-Eating Disorder Support UK

Eating Disorder Parent/Carer Support (UK) –

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Eating Disorder Insights Podcast – Series 2 Episode 5 – About your GP – NHS or Private Treatment?

How do you choose between using an NHS service or seeking out private treatment? In this episode, we will explore the issue of treatment choice and take a look at the options that might be available to you in each treatment setting. As a professional, I see many families who find themselves trying to make such a decision, trying to navigate the wealth of services that offer wide-ranging treatments for eating disorders and the common factor is that they all want the best for their child. In this episode, I’ll help you to think about how to make the best choice for you and we’ll consider some of the possible benefits and pitfalls that you need to look out for.

There is no hard and fast rule about which is the best option – this is very much an individual choice based on your unique family needs. But it’s very important that you make the right choice and to do this, you’ll need lots of information… so sit back and listen…

As a helping hand, these are some of the links to the services I discuss in the podcast.

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy  – BACP

British Psychological Society  – BPS

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence NICE Guidelines for the treatment or Eating Disorders

And not forgetting the incredible Eva Musby ..

Eating Disorder Insights Podcast – Series 2 Episode 4 – About your GP – Not happy with the outcome?

In this quick episode we’ll look at what you can do if you feel that you didn’t quite get what you needed from your GP appointment. We’ll take a look at your options and  think about how you can get the help you need and get the best start to treatment possible.

This is a short episode, but worth listening to..!


Eating Disorder Insights Podcast – Series 2 Episode 3 – Abour your GP – How does your child feel?

Your child might not share your enthusiasm about going to the GP and seeking treatment. In this episode, we’re looking at your child’s feelings and what is influencing their reluctance. I will help you to understand the eating disorder by viewing it as something separate to your child – a living, breathing entity – a parasite –  that has attached itself to your child and is using them for its own gains. I’ll help you to spot it’s behaviours, help you to understand how it gains influence over your child and how you can work together as a family to reduce its power.


Eating Disorder Insights Podcast – Series 2 Episode 2 – About your GP – What you need to tell them

Hello and welcome back to episode two of the second series of the eating disorder insights podcast.

In this second episode of series .. we’ll look at what you’ll need to tell your GP in order to get the best outcome for you and your child.But before we start.. lets quickly recap the last episode….in the last episode, we talked about the current national climate for eating disorders in  the UK and how this impacts on professionals. We also talked about how this could influence your appointment with your GP and why it’s important for you to plan what you’re going to say So.. thank you coming back to the show.. and I’m glad that you’re finding it useful.. now, I know this because I’m getting great feedback .. so thank you all and keep sending in your comments and suggestions.

So… when thinking about the GP appointment it’s probably a good idea for us to revisit the reasons why you’re going in the first place..We already know that you feel something’s wrong.. you can see changes in your child that worry you… or you’ve had someone else tell you that they’re worried.. maybe a teacher from school or a coach from a club that your child goes to..

And as a result.. you decided to do something to help your child.. by now you’ve probably talked to your child and have a better understanding, or they’ve refused to talk to you… but you’re still worried and still want to take them to the GP.

… so thinking of it.. you’ve already made a good start and probably have loads of information.. but we need to get it organised and sorted before your appointment, or.. if you’re anything like me, you’ll forget important bits only to remember after you’ve left the surgery.. so lets get it out of your head and on to paper… or a laptop… or tablet.. you get my meaning…

So… listen to the podcast.. and let’s get going..!

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