Physiotherapeutic input included in new Medical Emergencies in Eating Disorders (MEED) recognition and management guidance.
The Royal College of Psychiatry have published the new ‘Medical Emergencies in Eating Disorder: Guidance on recognition and management’ (MEED) document. This document replaces both the MARSIPAN and Junior MARSIPAN documents and provides an overview of the latest evidence associated with eating disorder treatment, as well as the roles and responsibilities across healthcare professionals. There is a key role for Physiotherapists in supporting individuals with an eating disorder, particularly in relation to exercise management, body awareness and bone health, but also in ensuring they contribute to the multi-disciplinary approach in the acute medical management of an eating disorder. The guidance document highlights aspects such as exercise, functional assessment and falls management, as well as providing summary sheets for professionals, including Physiotherapy. A link to the new document:
The RCP Eating Disorder Faculty launched the new guidance during their Spring Conference. As part of the conference, Kate Brown, Physiotherapist working in Eating Disorders in Cambridge, and CPMH Eating Disorders Lead, presented a poster “Developing a Physiotherapy led physical activity and exercise pathway as part of a multidisciplinary treatment approach on an inpatient eating disorder unit”, and was awarded a runner up poster prize for innovative work
The role of Physiotherapy in Eating Disorder has historically been limited in it’s recognition nationally, however the Physiotherapy Eating Disorder UK Professional Network is continuing to work hard on this, and raise recognition and develop the role across the UK.
A current focus for the network group is developing a guidance document that will support Physiotherapists working within eating disorders, and those in other clinical settings who are treating individuals with an eating disorder diagnosis, as well as support in widening recognition for the role and an evidence-based approach as part of service development and commissioning. This guidance document will be shared widely when available.
Further information about the network and the role of physiotherapy in eating disorders can be found on the CPMH website https://cpmh.csp.org.uk/content/physiotherapy-eating-disorders
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