Who we are
We are a community outpatient eating disorder service for children and young people (0-18 years), available Surrey-wide.
We are registered with the QNCC-ED (Quality Network for Community Eating Disorder Services for Children and Young People), and in 2017 we were one of the finalists in the Royal College of Psychiatrists Team of the Year Award.
We assess and treat young people with eating disorders including:
- Anorexia Nervosa
- Bulimia Nervosa
- Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder
- Binge Eating Disorder
- Unspecified feeding and eating disorders.
What we do
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.
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.
Every week we run a 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 (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.”
Who we support
The service treats young people who have an eating disorder and supports their parents and families, who are important in the young person’s recovery.
Eating disorders can be extremely distressing and can affect the whole family. It is crucial that specialist intervention is both prompt and robust in order to make life saving decisions about the young person in need.
Helping young people to restore lost weight and develop healthier eating behaviours is key for our service, as well as encouraging people to talk about their feelings and learn healthier ways of coping with things as they start to recover.
We welcome people from all backgrounds, cultures, nationalities and religions. Please share with us any information about things we can do to make your experience with us more helpful.
We have a number of clinical nurse specialists who complete assessments, and co-ordinate and deliver treatments, such as family-based treatment and specialist supported clinical management.
We have psychiatrists who may be involved in your assessments and treatments, including prescribing and monitoring of medication and reviews. A psychiatrist may oversee your care and review your treatments.
Our dietitians offer assessments and treatments. They use the current public health and scientific research on food, health and disease, which they translate into practical advice to help people make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.
We have three types of therapist within our therapies team: psychologists, family therapists and art psychotherapists.
- Psychologists work with individuals and families and offer therapy and consultation. They also do assessments and the main treatment they provide is individual therapy such as cognitive behavioural therapy
- Family therapists offer assessments and the treatment they offer (family therapy) involves working with families to nurture change and development
- Art psychotherapists mainly offer treatments of one-to-one art psychotherapy.
How to access our service
- We accept referrals from GP’s, schools, other health professionals and self-referrals.
- To make a referal please contact the Single Point of Access (details below).
- If you work for Surrey and Borders please follow the consultant to consultant referral procedure.
- We require a weight and height for referral.
- There is no minimum weight restrictions for referral and it is no longer recommended for GPs to "watch and wait" but to refer for early intervention.
If you wish to self-refer, please contact the team directly: 01372 206 325
CAMHS Single Point of Access
- Telephone: 0300 222 5755 (8am-8pm Monday to Friday, 9am -12pm Saturday)
- By letter: CAMHS Single Point of Access, 18 Mole Business Park, Leatherhead KT22 7AD
- Using the secure portal.
Once we receive the referral you will be offered an assessment.
We are a Surrey-wide service, covering: Epsom and Ewell, Guildford, Hart, Mole Valley, Runnymede, Rushmoor, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath, Tandridge, Waverley, Woking.
Children and young people who have, or are suspected of having, an eating disorder. We are commissioned to see children and young people who experience Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), and unspecified feeding and eating disorders.
At assessment we establish if the young person meets the criteria for an eating disorder. If they are diagnosed with an eating disorder we will then provide treatment.
An urgent referral will be seen within five days. Routine referrals will be seen within 15 days.
We see urgent referrals within five days and routine referrals within 15 days. We aim to offer evidence based treatments within 28 days of referral. Self-referrals are also accepted.
What people say
“We were, from day one, left in no doubt as to the seriousness of Anorexia. We feel fully educated on the illness. Our daughter was listened to sympathetically and genuinely helped by all involved.”
“We were grateful for the support and understanding, and being taught how to help our daughter when we had no idea what to do.”
“Everyone I came into contact with was so helpful in my daughter’s recovery.”
“My keyworker made me feel safe and comfortable at a time when I felt alone, attacked and angry. She let me open up without feeling judged and brought such positive energy which made me realise I actually wanted to recover.”
“The service helped me stay out of hospital and turn my eating disorder around.”
“All the support I have received has been extremely helpful. I feel they really listened to me, they cared and helped me get better, healthy and happy again. The care I received was appropriate.”
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