Eating Disorders

The service aim is to work in collaboration with children, young people and their families or carers to offer specialist assessment and treatment provision in order to restore both physical and psychological welbeing.

Our Specialist Eating Disorder team works with children and young people with eating disorders, such as Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, or Binge Eating disorder.

The children, young people and their families will be offered therapies focused on the eating disorder as recommended by by the NICE guidelines (May 2017). Other support includes individual cognitive-behavioural therapy for the young person, nutritional management, medical monitoring, individual and parent/carer’s support. We offer psychoeducation support evidence based group interventions. Young people who are dealing with serious medical risk may be referred to an inpatient facility until they are medically fit to access support in the community.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) specific information

Advice from BEAT 

7 ways I'll keep working towards recovery during the pandemic - from BEAT

Advice and support from F.E.A.S.T

Carers UK offers good advice on making an Emergency Plan as well as more general advice.  Make a plan now for if you become poorly.  It’s not easy, but talk it through with someone you trust and discuss it with your loved one.   

Recommended Resources

B-eat, the eating disorders charity, provides information, up to date advice and support for both people experiencing an eating disorder and their carers.  Visit their website or contact their helpline on 08456 341414 / 08456 347650. A text service is also available on 07786 20 18 20.

New online eating disorder learning available for GPs and primary care clinicians

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a huge toll on people’s mental health and NHS staff have responded rapidly to support those who need care, including treating record numbers of children and adults with eating disorders. To support GPs and primary clinicians in understanding and supporting people of all ages with an eating disorder, Health Education England (HEE) has worked in partnership with experts by experience, NHS England and Improvement and the charity Beat to launch online eating disorder learning. Read more here

The Royal College of Psychiatrists publishes information leaflets on eating disorders which can be downloaded free of charge from their website.

F.E.A.S.T provides useful information and online support on eating disorders.

Eva Musby has put together a website called providing help for parents of children and teens suffering from anorexia and other eating disorders.

Here are two films to support carers made by the NHS East of England Eating Disorders Clinical Network:

A Carer’s Perspective

A Professional’s Perspective

A book rcommendation is Help your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder, Second Edition by James Lock.  It is available from other online suppliers, book shops and you may find it in second hand book shops, but this web link tells you a little bit more about it and you can read its reviews.