The book is intended as a practical guide to setting up, staffing and running eating disorders services. The guidance and advice given is based on the experience of the eating disorder service at the Royal Free, which does not have specialised beds, but which is nevertheless considered to offer one of the best services in the UK. Each element of the service will be considered from referral, inpatient and outpatient treatment, service evaluation and multi-disciplinary teamworking. The book also discuss's innovative approaches in treatment, including an evaluation of Email Bulimia Therapy.* Ties in with NICE guidelines, which highlight the need for local services for treating eating disorders* Offers practical guidance on setting up a community model of treatment and on working within a multi-disciplinary team* Based on the Royal Free experience - their Eating Disorders Service has twice been a finalist in the Hospital Doctor Team of the Year awards
Dr Paul Robinson is a consultant psychiatrist in eating disorders psychiatry at the Russell Unit, Royal Free Hospital, Camden and Islington Mental Health and Social Care Trust. After postgraduate training in general medicine he trained in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital, was a family therapist and conducted research into control of eating behaviour at the institute of Psychiatry and Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore. In the last eight years at the Royal Free he has built up a multidisciplinary team dedicated to the community approach to eating disorders, minimising use of inpatient care and developing safe and effective ways to provide treatment for these distressing, debilitating and at times life-threatening conditions. The team has twice been in the final of the Hospital Doctor Team of the Year Award. His present interests are the treatment of severe and enduring eating disorder (SEED), and the delivery of therapy via email, for which he reached the final of the Medical Innovations Award. He lives in North London.