Lothian clinician leads new Scottish Eating Disorder Accreditation

Top Lothian clinician unveils specialist accreditation to improve services for those affected by issues relating to eating disorders.

Health professionals working in frontline eating disorder and primary care services are to be accredited under the new national scheme launched by the Scottish Eating Disorders Accreditation and Training body (EEATS).

The accreditation aims to encourage staff to acquire and maintain levels of competence based on good practice.

Dr Jane Morris, Chair of EEATS and consultant psychiatrist for Lothian said:

"We recognise the need for continuous professional development to renew and refresh expertise, and are offering this accreditation scheme to support individuals’ lifelong learning.
“I believe the scheme will also improve services for the benefit of patients. It is important that people with eating disorders, as with any other condition, have prompt diagnosis and treatment to ensure the best outcome."

Dr Jenny Bennison, a GP from Edinburgh, said:

"GPs will only rarely see new cases of eating disorders in their daily practice, but are aware of the difficulties around diagnosis, and the potentially disastrous consequences of failing to recognise these important conditions. 
“This new scheme will be a great a way to raise awareness and knowledge about eating disorders amongst GPs in Scotland."

To achieve accreditation health professions must meet a criteria of care and/or follow a syllabus of training as set by EEATS.

The accreditation scheme will be launched at Aberdeen Eating Disorders conference today (26 November).

The scheme will go live at the end of November, supported by a website where staff can register and find out more information.