Experts learn of OHFT’s groundbreaking work at conference marking Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Experts learn of OHFT’s groundbreaking work at conference marking Eating Disorder Awareness Week

"This system of care is a game changer. It felt like a powerful moment to share what the Oxford Health team is doing."

International eating disorder experts learned of Oxford Health’s groundbreaking approaching to treating eating disorders this Eating Disorder Awareness Week.

Agnes Ayton, clinical lead and consultant psychiatrist and Sharon Ryan, quality lead and senior matron for the HOPE Eating Disorder Provider Collaborative, led by Oxford Health, and Lorna Collins who is now flourishing after her own battle with a severe and enduring eating disorder, spoke at the Eating Disorders Conference 2022 in London.

Together they led a workshop on adapting integrated CBTE for the NHS: making it work – sharing a pivotal integrated treatment approach which meant 70 per cent of patients achieved a good outcome one year on from treatment compared with less than five per cent of those receiving standard treatment.

Sharon Ryan said: “It was an absolute pleasure and an honour to have the opportunity to showcase the development of the I-CBTE model and how the team and service users have worked together to design and implement a new model of care which clearly evidences improved outcomes for people receiving treatment.  We are so excited to be able to continue to develop this and support more people to access this treatment and recover from this devastating illness.”

Lorna Collins said: “It was great to bring the story of lived experience to the event. I presented the perspective of having a complex, long-standing and sever eating disorder. At the conference I described how the I-CBE care model helped me, where no one else could. This system of care is a game changer. We spoke with several clinicians, psychologists and other people in the field of eating disorders. We wanted to show how I-CBTE can work in other contexts and help any more patients in treatment centres across the UK. It felt like a powerful moment to share what the Oxford Health team is doing I was grateful and proud to be one of many success stories.”

The HOPE provider collaborative brings together NHS trusts in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Gloucester and Baines, Swindon and Wiltshire and is led by Oxford Health.

Find out more about the success of the I-CBTE study.

Read more about Lorna’s path to recovery from an enduring eating disorder thanks to the ‘extraordinary’ help and care she received at Cotswold House.

Published: 3 March 2022