What we do

      Assessment

      We offer an in-depth multi-disciplinary assessment with the whole family/carers. This includes:

      • Questionnaires completed by the young person and carer(s)
      • Physical health information
      • An in-depth interview

      The assessment takes around three hours (so please bring food with you).

      We will take physical observations and request blood tests and an ECG from your GP before assessment which are reviewed by the team.

      The in-depth interview involves talking to the young person and their family/carers all together and separately. We ask about developmental and medical history, family history and other mood problems. We also ask in-depth questions about eating behaviour.

      After the in-depth interview, a consultation happens with the wider team considering all the information, including the questionnaires. This is then fed back to the young person and their family/carers, and if the young person meets the criteria for a diagnosis of an eating disorder then it is also given.

      Care plans and treatment plans are discussed during this feedback session. You will be allocated a care co-ordinator following assessment who will arrange your next steps with us and be your first point of contact.

      If you do not receive a diagnosis we will offer some advice during the feedback session and appropriate signposting to more suitable services.

      Treatment

      We offer NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) concordant treatments, which vary depending on your diagnosis.

      There is a range of treatments, which can include:

      • Family-Based Treatment: Is a therapy which has the best evidence base for treating young people with eating disorders. This requires the whole family (including siblings) to attend weekly sessions where the family are supported and empowered to help the young person recover from their eating disorder.
      • Specialist Supported Clinical Management: This is mainly medical management where physical observations are made regularly and short ‘check ins’ are offered. They assess, identify and review key problems with the aim of weight restoration. Psychoeducation and nutritional advice is also given.
      • Dietetics: Our dieticians support people to trust that eating a balanced diet is the right thing and can ensure nutritional adequacy for individualised diets. This can be offered alongside other treatments.
      • Family Therapy: Our family therapists help families make sense of the impact that an eating disorder can have on their relationships. They work collaboratively with your family using your own strengths and resources to reach your goals.
      • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): Our team offers CBT, which helps explore thoughts, feelings and behaviours that the individual wants to change. Our Psychologists may also offer other types of individualised therapy if appropriate.
      • Art Psychotherapy: This is offered by art psychotherapists who give individual sessions based on psychodynamic psychotherapy. Sessions are usually weekly for 3-12 months.

      Parents/Carers Group

      Every week we run a rolling psychoeducation group for parents/carers. This is an essential group to obtain information about eating disorders, understand treatments and to also hear others experiences.

      Parents/carers are invited to this group if their young person is accepted for treatment. This group can be important in helping the young person recover quickly from their eating disorder. It is a rolling group so after assessment parents/carers are invited to attend the next session.

      It runs every Wednesday morning, 10.30am-12.00pm and the group is six sessions long. We also offer a young persons group  that runs in parallel to the parents group and consists of games and arty activities that the young person can attend this group (if they want to).

      We encourage all parents/carers, siblings or relatives who may have any role in helping the young person restore weight to attend. You are welcome to repeat any session as it is a rolling group you can do this when the next session runs.

      What parents/carers have said about the group

      “The group was informative and helpful. It supported us through a difficult period.”

      “The knowledge to educate us regarding the eating disorder was perfect. The parents group was an excellent opportunity to see how others are affected.”