The CAMHS Eating Disorders service based within South Staffordshire is a specialist community multi-disciplinary Eating Disorders service providing evidence based assessment and treatment for children and adolescents aged 8-18 years with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. The service accepts referrals for young people registered with a South Staffordshire GP.


Where we are

The CAMHS eating disorders currently have bases in Stafford & Burton. Initial assessments will be carried out at the Stafford base. In most cases treatment will be carried out at either our Stafford or Burton base.


Working Hours

Our working hours are 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday
Our contact number is 0300 123 0997

Please note that we are not a crisis service therefore if your query is urgent or out of hours we would advise that you contact your GP surgery or 111 for initial advice. The team currently have a duty clinician is available during working hours who will be able to discuss any concerns that you may have.

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

We offer:

  • 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
  • Education
  • 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
ISBN 0-86377-760-0

Eating Disorders a Parents’ Guide, from the Great Ormond Street Hospital Eating Disorders Clinic by Rachel Bryant-Waugh and Bryan Lask
ISBN 0-14-026371-3

Eating with your Anorexic – How my child recovered through family-based treatment and yours can too by Laura Collins
ISBN 0071445587

Boys Get Anorexia Too – Coping with male eating disorders in the family by Jenny Langley
ISBN 1412920221

Anorexia and Bulimia in the Family by Grainne Smith
ISBN 0-470-86161-4

The Body Image Workbook: An 8-Step Program for Learning to Like Your Looks by Thomas F. Cash
ISBN 1-57224-062-8

Biting the Hand that Starves You: inspiring resistance to anorexia/bulimia By Richard Maisel, David Epston and Alisa Borden
ISBN 0393703371

Skills-based learning for caring for a loved one with an eating disorder: The new Maudsley method by Janet Treasure, Gráinne Smith, Anna Crane
ISBN 0415431583

NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence): Eating Disorders treatment guidelines for England and Wales.
Available online at

Websites and Helplines

Beat Eating Disorders
Helpline: 0345 634 1414 open Monday to Friday 10.30am–8.30pm; Saturdays 1.00–4.30pm


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:  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


Young Minds


Self Help for Parents with Children who have an Eating Disorder


116 123


0800 1111


0808 800 5000


0808 2000 247

Contact Details

CAMHS Eating Disorders (South Staffordshire)

0300 123 0997

09:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday

Get in Contact

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Trust Headquarters, St. George's Hospital, Corporation Street, Stafford ST16 3SR


Switchboard number

0300 790 7000
(staffed 24 hours a day, every day)

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