Since April 2016 we have piloted a community eating disorder service. The service is aimed at professionals who require consultation and advice, regarding the management of people with an eating disorder who are aged 18 years and above.
Consultation is provided if the person has a Care Co-ordinator employed by Devon Partnership NHS Trust and an advice and signposting service for other professionals. GPs should refer to our community mental health teams in the first instance.
An appointment will be arranged to assess the person referred to the service. This appointment will take place at Wonford House in Exeter.
Where possible this assessment will take place with the individual’s Care Co-Ordinator. Copies of the appointment letter will be sent to the patient, Care Co-Ordinator and GP.
The assessment will be discussed with the full Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT), before the final assessment report and recommendations are sent to the Care Co-Ordinator.
If we feel the individual needs admission we will make a referral to The Haldon.
During the pilot the service will be unable to provide a crisis response or take responsibility for the direct management of an individual with an eating disorder in the community. If someone has significant concerns about a person's physical health we would advise they see their GP, or general hospital if a medical emergency.
Community Eating Disorder (Consultation & Advice) Service
Consultation request form (for use by Devon Partnership NHS Trust staff only)