Welsh Eating Disorder Service Review

Ask your health board to support the Welsh Eating Disorder Service Review recommendations.

The Minister for Health and Social Services, Vaughan Gething, has announced an ambitious four-week waiting time target for eating disorder treatment across child and adult services in Wales. With rapid treatment much more likely to lead to fast and sustained recovery, these targets, if met, will make a huge difference to people with eating disorders in Wales.

The announcement follows an extensive review of eating disorder services in Wales. The review called upon the experiences of service users and their families from across the country and makes 22 significant recommendations that will improve services for people in Wales.

The changes outlined in the review will take time and investment. The minister has written to Wales’ health boards, explaining the immediate actions he expects them to start working towards:

  • Identify changes that can be made now to ensure longer term planning aligns with the review’s ambition.
  • Work towards achieving the NICE standards for eating disorders within two years.
  • Develop plans to achieve a four-week waiting time across adult and child services within two years.
  • Reshape services so they’re better able to provide early treatment.

The minister has asked the health boards to respond by 8 November 2019.

How you can help

We’re asking you to write to the chief executive of your local health board about the importance of the review and the positive impact its recommendations will have on service users and their families.

They’ll receive a lot of emails, so it’s really important that yours stands out. When you add details about your experiences of local services, they can see why the recommendations made in the review are important and why making the changes matters so much for individuals like you.

You are the expert in your experience and getting this across in the email will make it more powerful and much more likely to make change. It doesn’t need to be long, just a few sentences about your story and why the recommendations made in the review are important to you. Check out our guide about writing to your local health board.

You can find a map of local health boards here. If you are unsure which health board is yours or you’d like some support in writing, please get in touch with our campaigns team, who will be happy to help you: campaigning@beateatingdisorders.org.uk.