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Wednesday 26th October 2016

Improve mental health, improve diet

29th September 2009

Improving the diet of mental health patients could help to prevent illness and move towards a more proactive approach to care.

“There are trusts that provide a very good nutrition and dietetics service,” says Ursula Philpot, senior lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University and advanced practitioner at the Yorkshire Centre for Eating Disorders. “For 500 beds they will have five or six dieticians. But equally there are trusts with the same number of beds where services are poorly commissioned. They might only have one dietician in for just two days a week. How they are meant to manage I have no idea.”

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