Pandemic information

We are still providing all of our services during the COVID 19 pandemic. All appointments are continuing over telephone or video call and we are still accepting all new referrals. You can still phone us as usual between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday on 0300 555 1216. If you need support outside of these times please call the NELFT Mental Health Direct Line which is open 24/7 on 0800 995 1000.

Carer Support Group

If you are a family member/carer of someone accessing support from NELFT Eating Disorder Service we are here to support you. Our Carer Support Group is a space to talk with other carers and to think about the impact of the eating disorder on you. This virtual group runs approximately every 6 weeks, is 75 minutes long, and open to all carers across the life span. Please contact EDS admin if you are interested in attending. The next four dates are:

  • 19 April 2022
  • 24 May 2022
  • 12 July 2022
  • 23 August 2022

Other workshops: 

The 2-day Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) skills workshop

28 - 29 April, 9.30 - 4.30pm - online

This is for any parent and caregiver accessing our service. Please speak with your clinician or email eating.disorder@nelft.nhs.uk by the 20th of April, if you would like to attend.

Top-Up Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) skills session

22 June, 9.30 - 1pm - online

This is for any caregiver who has previously attended the 2-day workshop and would like the opportunity to refresh and practice their skills. Please speak with your clinician or email eating.disorder@nelft.nhs.uk by the 15 June, if you would like to attend.

If you would like to access a second opinion about the diagnosis and treatment plan for your loved one, please speak to your clinician or ask to speak to one of the service leads for more information.

For parents and carers

Parent and carer assessment and treatment timeline
 

Types of treatment

Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) Workshop:

You may be invited to a workshop were you will learn Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) skills to support your loved one in their recovery.

FBT (Family Based Treatment):

If your loved one is under 18, we offer Family Based Therapy (FBT), the first-line evidence-based treatment for young people with eating disorders. FBT takes place fortnightly with a family therapist, specialist nurse or clinical psychologist. These sessions may involve everyone in the family or parent-only sessions. A course of treatment is typically 20 sessions and may last around one year.

Common questions from caregivers

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