Stage 3 of Eating Disorder ‘app’ is to be launched soon through NHSCT Adult Eating Disorder Service

Stage 3 of Eating Disorder ‘app’ is to be launched soon through NHSCT Adult Eating Disorder Service

The Eating Disorder Service in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust in association with Queens University Belfast have created an app to be used with service users to enhance their treatment and recovery process.

The Service provides patient-centred care for those with severe anorexia, bulimia and atypical eating disorders. The team applied for the scholarship to help develop the Stamp-ED support group website.

Imelda McLeod, Eating Disorder Clinical Services Manager, commented: “Working so closely with the support group has enabled us as a service to have a greater understanding of the many different triggers for the illness, which is no respecter of intellect, family history or childhood experience.

“We were really keen as a service to modernise and use digital technology to support people regardless of where they are or who they are with.”

The team plan to launch stage 3 in the app development in September 2018. This will involve a cohort of service users trialing the app over a period of time in conjunction with the Eating Disorder team. This will allow the production team an opportunity to test, refine, and enhance the security of the app before it rolled out to be used with a larger number of service users. The app includes tailored support in terms of meal plans, appointment times and their individual treatment plan, . The Northern Trust will be the first Eating Disorder Team across the whole of Northern Ireland to have such an app which will be developed in partnership with Queen’s University.

Imelda continued: “This means that service users can readily access their treatment plans and, if they are feeling vulnerable, their personal goals to reaffirm their desire to change and help them to stay on track to recovery.”

All of this was made possible by the tireless fund-raising of the Houston family and their fervent desire that the legacy of their daughter Edel will reach out to those who suffer from eating disorders and will encourage and give them hope in their recovery.