By Professor Ulrike Schmidt
Webinar recorded Thursday 5 October, 2017
Eating disorders (ED) predominantly affect adolescents and young adults. Untreated symptoms have lasting effects on the brain, body and behaviour. Evidence supports the need for effective intervention in early stage illness. However, service-related barriers often prevent the early detection and treatment of ED. In this webinar, Professor Ulrike Schmidt will provide a detailed overview of FREED (First Episode Rapid Early Intervention for ED), a novel service for young people (aged 18-25 years) with recent eating disorder onset (< 3 years). Professor Schmidt will describe the rationale, the service model, and practicalities of setting up and running this service. She will also present data on the feasibility, acceptability and clinical outcomes of FREED as well as its impact on the duration of untreated eating disorders (DUED) and wait-times for assessment and treatment. Finally, Professor Schmidt will explore the application of the FREED model to a variety of different services and settings.
Professor Ulrike Schmidt (MD PhD FRCPsych) is Professor of Eating Disorders and Head of the Department of Psychological Medicine at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London (KCL) as well as a Consultant Psychiatrist at the Eating Disorders Service at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM).
Professor Schmidt was a member of the NICE Eating Disorders Guidelines development group, chair of the Section of Eating Disorders at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and a board member of the Academy for Eating Disorders.
Professor Schmidt’s work has been recognized through the receipt of several prestigious awards including the 2005 National Health Service Award for Innovative Service Delivery; the 2009 Academy for Eating Disorders Leadership Award for Clinical, Educational and Administrative Service; the 2013 KCL Supervisory Excellence Award; the 2014 Hilde Bruch Award for Outstanding Achievements in Eating Disorders Research and Treatment; the British Medical Journal’s 2017 Mental Health Team of the Year Award; and the NIHR Senior Investigator Award. Professor Schmidt has published some 330 peer-reviewed papers and 90 other publications on eating disorders, including text books, chapters, patient manuals, and web-based treatment or training packages.