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Staff ‘step in’ to raise eating disorder awareness

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Yesterday, our staff put their best, ‘colourful’ foot forward to raise awareness of their local services for Eating Disorder Awareness Week (Monday 25th February – Sunday 3rd March) with an informative, awareness raising event at their Edward Street Community Base.

The theme for this year’s Eating Disorder Awareness event was ‘sock it to eating disorders’ – a notion that the staff took literally, and wore colourful, vibrant socks to promote and raise awareness.

The Trust’s Eating Disorder Team opened its doors to colleagues and showcased a variety of services and therapies on offer in the form of an educational and engaging event. In attendance were several key members from across the Trust, from nurse therapists, nutritionists, psychologists, dieticians to occupational therapists and support workers, all with the intent of educating staff on spotting early signs of eating disorders, challenging the stereotypes and informing them of the many therapeutic treatments and services that are available within the Trust and local community. Everyone was given a chance to put their questions to the experts and understand the complexity and variety of eating disorders.

Staff were treated to a lively afternoon that included a bake sale provided by staff and patients, a sock competition, inspirational and motivating ‘survival kits’ and a raffle, with the proceeds raised going to the UK eating disorder charity BEAT.

Service manager and clinical lead of the All Age Eating Disorder Team Donna Dean states, “Eating disorders are a very complex and distressing experience. Our team works hard to ensure that we deliver effective, patient centered, evidence based treatments.

We are pleased that the awareness of our services to other healthcare providers is helping to reduce stigma by improving knowledge of how to support people who have an eating disorder. Following on from this event, we will be working to build strong working relationships with other teams to improve communication to ensure our patients receive safe and robust healthcare provisions. I am incredibly proud of the team who continuously strive to improve the compassionate care we deliver.”

According to statistics, approximately 1.25million people in the UK suffer from an eating disorder. From Wolverhampton to Sandwell, the All Age Eating Disorders Team support individuals living with an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating. For information on the team’s services, therapies and advice on referrals for eating disorders in the Black Country, please visit here.