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 and 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

9am-5pm, 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 a GP or school nurse. However, school teachers and dance/ sport coaches can also refer into the service.

We would advise that if you or your child has not been seen by your/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 and 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 whether the referral is appropriate, or if you have other questions then please 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 one week of the receipt of the referral and routine cases within four 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 and 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 NICE Website

Beat Eating Disorders

Website: Beat Eating Disorders

Telephone: 0345 634 1414 (open Monday to Friday 10.30am–8.30pm, Monday to Friday and 1-4.30pm on Saturdays)


B-eat Youthline

Offers confidential emotional support for service users and carers

Telephone: 0345 634 7650 (4:30pm-8:30pm, Monday to Friday, and 1:00pm-4:30pm on Saturdays)


Text: 07786 201820

Mental Health Matters Helpline

Offers confidential emotional support for service users and carers

Telephone: 0800 1070160 (5pm-9am, Monday to Friday and 24-hours on weekends and Bank Holidays)


Anorexia and Bulimia Care

Website: Anorexia & Bulimia Care

F.E.A.S.T - Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders

Website: F.E.A.S.T

F.E.A.S.T's Around the Dinner Table Forum

Website: Around the Dinner Table

Young Minds

Website: Young Minds

Self Help for Parents with Children who have an Eating Disorder

Website: ParentED


Website: Samaritans

Telephone: 116 123 


Website: childline

Telephone: 0800 1111


Website: NSPCC

Telephone: 0808 800 5000


Website: Refuge

Telephone: 0808 2000 247

Contact Details

CAMHS Eating Disorders (South Staffordshire)

0300 123 0997

9am-5pm, Monday to Friday