Prior to our sharing session at the September meeting, Sandra Philip-Rafferty, Highly Specialist Physiotherapist with the Adult Outpatient Service in Aberdeen, came along and gave us a very interesting insight on the physiotherapist’s role within the multi-disciplinary team. She highlighted the different ways physiotherapy could be used, such as for relaxation, tension management and breathing, the unity between body and mind, posture correction, exercise management, and the improvement of body image. Body size estimation can also be improved. Sandra took us through what happens when you eat, how food travels physically through the body, and also how food can sometimes affect the brain with fears causing tension. She also explained topics discussed in groups on body awareness which promote body acceptance, using relaxation, touch/massage, mirrors, mindfulness and enjoying exercise again at an acceptable level. Sandra then discussed the different stages of change when someone is affected by an eating disorder and how service users can be supported through these stages. There was an excellent attendance for Sandra’s presentation which was very informative and well received by everyone. We really appreciate Sandra giving up her free time to come along and speak to us.
With the much appreciated support of our charity partners, the Trustees Savings Bank, Rosehill Branch, we were able to show the film Seen but not Heard to an audience of group members, carers, volunteers and some of the bank staff. Niamh Allen and our own Katie Bedford, who were involved in the making of the film, gave a short introduction and detailed the developments since the film was made. These include funding to show the film in Lothian schools and following the positive feedback, a film for young people is to be made. The team have also developed leaflets on eating disorders for distribution in GP practices.
The film highlighted a variety of eating disorders, with both male and females featured discussing their experiences and recovery. There was some very clever imagery and time for the audience to think about what they had seen.
The film was very well received by our audience who felt it was very informative and sensitively done. It was followed with a very lively discussion afterwards and refreshments.
Many thanks to Niamh and Katie for giving up their free time to show the film.
The Linda Tremble Foundation are launching support group for those affected by an eating disorder and their partners, families and friends. An introductory meeting will be held on Tuesday 3rd November 2015 from 7-9pm at St Bryce Kirk St Brycedale Avenue, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1ET .
A flyer for advertising the event can be downloaded and printed from here.
More information is available from [email protected]
NHS Grampian’s effective work for patients with eating disorders, which integrated teams in the Gastrointestinal (GI) department, the Eden Eating Disorders (ED) Unit and the outpatient eating disorder services, has scooped 2nd prize in the UK SAGE Awards. Congratulations to everyone involved!
The accolade is for the “Integrated Education Resource for the medical management of severe life-threatening anorexia nervosa” and has been made by SAGE (Shire Awards for Gastrointestinal Excellence) which are designed to allow individual healthcare professionals, units and healthcare networks in gastrointestinal care to be recognised for innovative work, share best practice and raise standards of patient care.
Dr Alastair McKinlay, Consultant Gastroenterologist, attended the awards ceremony in London last month, with Dr Jane Morris Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Lesley Pillans, and Pauline Milne from the Eden Unit, and Marie McKimmie from the outpatient eating disorder service.
Alastair said: “It is a great honour to have national recognition for the collaboration between the Department of Digestive Diseases, Ward 104 ARI and the Eating Disorder Services. The link between the GI services in ARI and the Outpatient, Daycase and inpatient facility in the Eden Unit is one of the most comprehensive in the UK. It has given us a wonderful opportunity to develop truly collaborative working, and we now want to share that experience with other units. The SAGE Award will allow us to develop a project to build a series of educational training resources on Anorexia Nervosa for Scotland and the UK.
“We were one of three projects shortlisted by SHIRE, all of which were of a very high standard, so we are delighted with achieving second place. Above all it recognises the work that the nurses, dietitians, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists and doctors have done over many years to build a truly integrated service in Grampian. It’s the fantastic staff that we have working in ARI and Cornhill that have made this possible, and they are the real winners.”