Eating Disorder Service

About the service:

The eating disorder service aims to bring hope and confidence, through help and support, to those who have an eating disorder, to enable them to take back control of their life.

We are a friendly team who will work with clients and their families (if appropriate) to ensure we are all working together and sharing information about treatment and progress. We will have regular meetings to review how things are going and keep GPs updated on progress. 

Throughout treatment, clients (and families) will be involved in the decision-making regarding care, reflecting basic rights for privacy, confidentiality, dignity, and respect. 

Treatment is offered within 1 week of referral for urgent cases, and 28 days for routine. Referrals can come from professionals and self referrals are also acccepted.

What support does the service offer?

We see children and young people age 8-18 with a diagnoses of the following,  

  • Anorexia nervosa (AN) – when an individual tries to keep their weight as low as possible by not eating enough food, exercising too much, or both. 
  • Bulimia nervosa (BN) – when an individual sometimes loses control and eats a lot of food in a very short amount of time (bingeing) and are then deliberately sick, use laxatives, restrict what they eat, to do too much exercise to stop themselves gaining weight. 
  • Binge eating disorder (BED) – when an individual regularly loses control of their eating, eat large portions of food all at once until they feel uncomfortably full, and are then often upset or guilty. 
  • Other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED) – when an individual’s symptoms do not exactly match those of anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder, but it does not mean it is a less serious illness. 

The type of support offered will vary depending on the type and severity of the concern. All our direct support options aim for people to meet their own goals. These include: 

  • FTAN (Family Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa) 
  • Individual CBT-E (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy-E) 
  • Groupwork 
  • Psychiatric Medical Assessment and Reviews 
  • Dietetic Advice and Support 
  • Duty and on call support (9-5) 
  • Physical health monitoring 
  • Outreach support 

We have recently been commissioned to support an Intensive Support Pathway provide meal support, and therapy in the home to prevent hospital admissions. In addition we have recently started to offering assessments for ARFID (Avoidant Restrictive Intake Disorder).  

Following the assessment, a care plan is agreed regarding how best to help. All care plans are individual based upon the needs of the young person. If treatment is suggested, this treatment will be evidence based (following NICE - (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) guidelines). Treatment may be provided either as a family, in a group or 1:1. Treatments may also involve the people around the children and young people such as carers, schools, and other professionals.  

How to refer: 

Referrals are made via the Single Point of Access, via the link on the SET CAMHS homepage.