Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) eating disorders

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) eating disorders

Our CAMHS eating disorders services offer a specialist environment to meet the specific needs of young people suffering from a range of eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder (BED). The young person may have reached such a level of severity and physical risk, that they can no longer be safely treated in a community setting.

Young people requiring inpatient treatment for an eating disorder generally present with:

  • Acute physical risk due to low weight and/or dangerous recent weight loss
  • Unable to make progress with community treatment
  • Associated risks such as suicidality or self-harm
  • Often parents or carers do not feel equipped to manage the eating disorder at home and the family may be in crisis

The young person is usually referred to the inpatient service via local CAMHS teams. The multidisciplinary team will then meet and review the referral. An assessment may then be arranged.

Priory’s expert, multidisciplinary, clinical teams help the young person develop the skills and motivation to manage their eating habits, thoughts and behaviours, to continue to progress towards recovery and step back into the community.

We provide:

  • Treatment in line with best practice
  • High quality proactive services
  • Training, education and support for families and carers
  • Facilitation of communication between families, carers and the young person
  • Programmes to meet the individual’s physical and emotional needs

Our teams ensure that young people receive treatment that includes consideration of their medical, psychological and social needs. Outcome measures track changes in weight as well as in their psychological wellbeing. Once a young person is physically stable, activity levels are increased and there is the expectation that the young person works towards a healthier weight.

Towards the latter part of admission, young people take more responsibility around choices, begin to challenge themselves by eating outside of the hospital in a variety of social contexts and also begin to make the transition to home and education.

Priory sites that are able to provide this service are the Priory Hospital Roehampton, Chelmsford, Cheadle Royal and Altrincham and a comprehensive education programme is also offered in our OFSTED registered schools.

For further details on how Priory can provide you with further assistance regarding Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) eating disorders, please call 0800 840 3219. For professionals looking to make a referral, please click here

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We treat Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) eating disorders at the following facilities