What is Integrated Community Services (ICS)?
ICS is a unique service that provides a specialist support officer (SSO), suited to the service users (SU’s) needs, that provide weekly assistance around eating disorders covering a variety of support. The main use of ICS is to have a SSO join at mealtimes to help during the difficult moments, this can be breakfast, lunch, dinners, or snacks. The sessions can be face to face, virtual or a blended approach depending on the service users requests and availability of SSOs. These can range from one to five sessions a week with an average of two that can take place in a range of places from schools, homes, and cafes.
With the consistent and frequent sessions, the service user builds a relationship with the SSO that creates a safe and trusting space to open up around their eating disorder and other experiences, creating opportunities for development with the help of constant support. The aim of ICS is to gradually get service users to improve their eating habits and be comfortable to function without the need of support. Due to the individualist nature of eating disorders ICS can provide different benefits for people for example: