Mother and sonOnce you're referred, our first step is to assess your needs. This helps us decide how we can best help you. People often bring a relative or friend to their initial assessment appointment; they can support you if you're feeling worried about the assessment and it can be helpful for the assessor to hear what
your relative or friend's concerns might be.

Once you've been referred to our service, we'll offer you an appointment in assessment clinic. The purpose of this appointment is to assess your current difficulties and plan how best to treat them. It's also important that we measure your height and weight during this appointment, so that we can better assess any physical concerns. The appointment normally lasts for an hour and a half.

We then discuss your assessment as a team,  so we can plan what treatment may be appropriate. At this stage in some cases, we ask your GP to carry out some medical monitoring of your physical health, such as blood tests or ECG. Sometimes we will signpost you to another service that might be better able to meet your needs.

At assessment, we encourage you to complete a number of questionnaires. These questionnaires aim to capture the nature and severity of your eating problems and how such issues may be affecting your life.

Care Plan
At the end of the assessment process, a member of the team will work with you and agree a care plan which will highlight the areas to focus on and provide a clear plan and rationale for treatment. The team will review and adjust the care plan with you at regular intervals. Find out more about the Care Programme Approach.  

Transition from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
We work closely with CAMHS and the Specialist Eating Disorder Service for Children and Young People to ensure that young people who are entering our service from these services have a smooth transition of care.

Read about the treatments we offer and how we support recovery.