How to refer
At present we only accept referrals from a professional i.e GP, school nurse, however school teachers and dance/ sport coaches can also refer into the service
We would advise that if you/ your child has not been seen by their GP recently that an appointment is made to see the GP in order that any physical cause for their symptoms can be excluded and also to provide us with information that will help us assess the risk & urgency of the referral. The referral can still be made to us at the same time as arranging an appointment with the GP
If you are unsure if the referral is appropriate or if you have other questions you can call and ask to speak with the duty clinician
Occasionally, the underlying issue may not be an eating disorder – in this instance the team may will recommend referral to a more appropriate team or service.
How soon will your first appointment be?
The team will use the information from the referral to make a decision on risk and urgency. We aim to see urgent cases within 1 week of the receipt of the referral and routine cases within 4 weeks. High risk cases will be seen the next working day (where possible). If you are very unwell you may need to be referred to the paediatric/medical team or A&E in an emergency.
What treatment is offered?
The team is multi disciplinary and includes psychiatrists, family therapists, a psychologist, a specialist dietician, Nurses, and a psychotherapist. We also work closely with the paediatric departments within the local hospitals
- Assessment, diagnosis and interventions on a range of suspected and confirmed eating disorders
- Provision evidence-based treatments including Family Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Psychotherapy
- Intensive support is available for those children and young people whose eating disorder is causing significant concern
- A comprehensive transition support package to those young people who are approaching their 18th birthday and may need continuing support as adults
We also offer training, consultation, support and advice to frontline staff working in other CAMHS services for children and young people in special circumstances including:
- Children’s Services
- Child Health and Primary Care services
- Paediatric Services
- Adult Mental Health Services
- Out-of-hours Services
Useful Resources on Eating disorders
Anorexia Nervosa; A Survival Guide For Families, Friends and Sufferers by Janet Treasure
Eating Disorders a Parents’ Guide, from the Great Ormond Street Hospital Eating Disorders Clinic by Rachel Bryant-Waugh and Bryan Lask
Eating with your Anorexic – How my child recovered through family-based treatment and yours can too by Laura Collins
Boys Get Anorexia Too – Coping with male eating disorders in the family by Jenny Langley
Anorexia and Bulimia in the Family by Grainne Smith
The Body Image Workbook: An 8-Step Program for Learning to Like Your Looks by Thomas F. Cash
Biting the Hand that Starves You: inspiring resistance to anorexia/bulimia By Richard Maisel, David Epston and Alisa Borden
Skills-based learning for caring for a loved one with an eating disorder: The new Maudsley method by Janet Treasure, Gráinne Smith, Anna Crane
NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence): Eating Disorders treatment guidelines for England and Wales.
Available online at www.nice.org.uk
Websites and Helplines
For young people aged 25 and under
B-eat Youthline: 0345 634 7650 open Monday to Friday: 4.30–8.30pm Saturdays: 1.00–4.30pm
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org TXT 07786 201820
Mental Health Matters Helpline – 0800 1070160.
Offering confidential emotional support for
service users and carers 5pm to 9am Monday to
Friday and 24 hours at weekends and Bank Holidays.
Anorexia and Bulimia Care
F.E.A.S.T Families Empowered and Supporting
Treatment of Eating Disorders
Around the Dinner Table
Self Help for Parents with Children who have an Eating Disorder
0808 800 5000
0808 2000 247