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Back in early 2009 when I first found this forum, my 15-year-old son had just begun treatment with CAMHS in Leeds here in the UK. There was a massive difference between the information I was learning on this forum and on the FEAST website, and the treatment he appeared to be receiving from CAMHS, which confused and worried me. More and more, what I was reading here and from books like Lock and Le Grange etc plus my general instinct as a mother told me that FBT was a treatment that we really should be trying. However at the time, in Leeds, it wasn't available. It was, and is, the same in many areas of the England (I understand) although (I understand, please correct me if I am wrong) many parts of Scotland have been rolling it out for a year or so.

The other day I was trawling around the Net when I came across a document which said that plans are in place to make Leeds “one of the first areas in the UK to adopt Family Based Treatment (FBT) as the main treatment modality for Anorexia Nervosa”. I immediately emailed the person concerned and she got back to me to say:

It is lovely to hear from you and of your interest in the new children’s community eating disorder service soon to be established in Leeds. It would be very useful to involve you in our local service developments as we recognise that the involvement of young people and their parents is integral to the success of any new service plans. I’ve copied in my colleague who is the clinician leading the service model developments; I think he would be ideal to talk through our Leeds plans with as he has had a key role in identifying the evidence-base treatment to include in the service model.

So watch this space until I can find out more!
Bev Mattocks, mother of 24-year old male DX with RAN 2009, now recovered. Joined this forum in 2010 - it was a lifesaver.
This is such good news. All families need access to the more effective treatments!!!!
Laura (Collins) Lyster-Mensh
F.E.A.S.T. Executive Director
Great news! Let's hope this is the start of improvements within camhs across the UK.
I am madly optimistic!
NELLY D 20 bulimic since age 12, diagnosed in 2011. 20 months useless CAMHs,7 months great IP, home March 14..... more useless CAMHs.now an adult & no MH services are involved. I reached the end of my tether, tied a knot in it and am hanging on. ED/Bulimia treatmentis in the dark ages in West Sussex.
Wow! Fantastic!
Might they be interested in this topic by Eva too?
HillBilly (formerly registered June 2012 under another name)