Children and young people with an eating disorder waiting times
Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are serious mental health problems. They can have severe psychological, physical and social consequences. Children and young people with an eating disorder often have other mental health problems (for example, anxiety or depression) which also need to be treated in order to get the best outcomes.
It is vital that children and young people with eating disorders, and their families and carers, can access evidence-based, high-quality care as quickly as possible. This can improve recovery rates, lead to fewer relapses and reduce the need for inpatient admissions.
This indicator uses referral-to-treatment waiting time data for children and young people with an eating disorder whose wait ended during the quarter by starting NICE-approved treatment following an urgent or routine referral. The data covers children aged up to 19 years old.
For more information, please see the Access and Waiting Time Standard for Children and Young People with an Eating Disorder and NHS England's Risk of Disclosure document.