The 2018 review of eating disorder services in Wales made 22 ambitious recommendations with the vision to ensure early detection and quick access to evidence-based treatment in every part of Wales. The recommendations included the introduction of specific waiting time targets for people of all ages and ensuring that patients and their families/carers are properly informed and supported.
But three years on, progress has been slow and we’re still waiting for a plan to achieve this vision across Wales.
“There is hardly any support in our area, and what there is doesn’t seem to be working.” - Carer
Since the report was published, the COVID-19 pandemic has had particularly serious impacts on people with eating disorders. It has led to many more people seeking treatment and further increased pressure on clinicians and services. This means that progress in expanding and improving eating disorder services is now even more urgent.
Our new report, ‘The Welsh Eating Disorder Service Review: 3 years on’, finds that while some progress has been made to expand and improve services in Wales since 2018, this progress has been slow and uneven, continuing the postcode lottery.
We must hold those in charge to account, and ask them what is being done to ensure that everyone in Wales needing treatment for an eating disorder can quickly access support. We’ve written an open letter to the Deputy Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing, outlining the findings of the report and letting them know that this must be an urgent priority. We need them to know that it’s not just Beat calling for change, we need you to stand with us.
The more voices, the louder we are.
We cannot find ourselves still asking these questions in 3 years time. We need to act now.
The Welsh Eating Disorder Service Review – 3 Years on (2021)
This report assesses the progress that has been made in expanding and improving eating disorder services across Wales in response to the eating disorder service review 2018. It sets out the actions needed from the Welsh Government and NHS Wales to ensure more equal progress across Wales.
Adolygiad Gwasanaeth Anhwylder Bwyta yng Nghymru - 3 blynedd yn Ddiweddarach (2021)
Mae'r adroddiad hwn yn asesu’r cynnydd sydd wedi’i wneud wrth ehangu a gwella gwasanaethau anhwylderau bwyta ledled Cymru mewn ymateb i adolygiad gwasanaeth anhwylder bwyta 2018. Mae’n nodi’r camau gweithredu sydd eu hangen gan Lywodraeth Cymru a GIG Cymru i sicrhau cynnydd mwy cyfartal ledled Cymru.
Welsh Government Eating Disorder Service Review (2018)
This independent review was commissioned by the Welsh Government. It provides a detailed account of eating disorder services across Wales and sets out a vision based on early intervention, specialist treatment and support for families and other carers.
Adolygiad Gwasanaeth Anhwylder Bwyta Llywodraeth Cymru (2018)
Comisiynwyd adolygiad annibynnol gan Lywodraeth Cymru. Mae’n cynnig cyfrif manwl o wasanaethau anhwylder bwyta ledled Cymru ac yn nodi gweledigaeth yn seiliedig ar ymyriadau cynnar, triniaeth arbenigol a chefnogaeth ar gyfer teuluoedd a gofalwyr eraill.