Parents and carers of a child or teenager with an eating disorder in Scotland, this is for you
You can help CAMHS keep improving how they treat eating disorders in Scotland through the parent(s) representing us in the Scottish CAMHS eating disorders steering group.
And while I have your attention, note that another group that matters to parents in Scotland is SEDIG.
What is this Scottish CAMHS eating disorders steering group about?
In my own informal words: I see this as a group of clinicians who meet of their own accord to keep in touch with each other. That way they can coordinate training efforts, share information, learn from each others’ experiences. In principle there is someone on the group from each health board, and that person is expected to communicate to all relevant colleagues back in their area in order to promote change, or to gather information which would help the group decide on useful action. In practice, there are some health boards that are not participating and the communication doesn’t always happen successfully. Note that the group doesn’t have teeth and doesn’t have funding, and is very much about goodwill and dedication to improving services for our children.
Who’s representing you?
I was one of two parent representatives for the first couple of years and now I’m just providing these web pages to help with communication.
Currently, to represent parents, we have Heather Cassie who also chairs the North East eating disorders Scotland group (NEEDS). She’s ‘job-sharing’ with Mel Stevenson who’s also part of NEEDS, and there’s a nice cross-over as she’s on the committee of SEDIG. Then there’s Leah MacGilp, in Lothian. Leah has been involved with an NHS/Beat project at CAMHS in Edinburgh on transitions training, is a Board member of the Edinburgh Carers Council, a Mental Health Adviser at Edinburgh Napier University, and also worked in the NHS for 25 years, 10 of those were in an Eating Disorders Service as a Nurse Therapist.
Please get in touch with parent representatives directly.
Minutes of meetings
Click here for notes of previous meetings.
Sign up for news
Although I’m not on the group any more I am still providing the communications side via these web pages.
So please sign up to the steering group mailing list. (This is different from my mailing list relating to my book and website, so sign up to both if in doubt!)