Spe­cial­ist ser­vices to be in­tro­duced

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Drivers Under The Pump -

From the be­gin­ning of Septem­ber, new NHS ser­vices tar­get­ing men­tal health and eat­ing dis­or­ders will be avail­able for Ash­ford res­i­dents.

Peo­ple of any age in east Kent with an eat­ing dis­or­der, and chil­dren and young peo­ple (un­der 18) who need spe­cial­ist men­tal health­care, will get more con­nected ser­vices.

Con­tracts for a new all-age eat­ing dis­or­ders ser­vice in Kent and Med­way, and an in­no­va­tive chil­dren and young peo­ple’s men­tal health ser­vice in Kent have been awarded to the same or­gan­i­sa­tion, the NHS trust NELFT.

Cur­rently, there is no sep­a­rate spe­cial­ist ser­vice for peo­ple with eat­ing dis­or­ders as it is in­cluded as part of wider men­tal health ser­vices.

Chil dr e n, young peo­ple and fam­i­lies with ex­pe­ri­ence of men­tal health prob­lems, and t eenagers and adults with ex­pe­ri­ence of eat­ing dis­or­ders played a key role in the process, in­clud­ing set­ting out what they ex­pect from the new ser­vice.

The joined-up ap­proach was de­vel­oped by Kent clin­i­cal com­mis­sion­ing groups (CCGs) and Kent County Coun­cil (KCC) who put in place the ser­vices for im­proved emo­tional, well­be­ing and men­tal-health ser­vices.

The ser­vices will be­gin on Fri­day, Septem­ber 1.

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