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Eating Disorder service

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Our team provides a county-wide service for both men and women over the age of 16, who need help, support and treatment for an eating disorder such as Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa.

We offer assessment and treatment in a variety of community bases across Lincolnshire.  The team is led by dedicated health professionals, who can help explore relationships with food and understand the best way we can help you tackle your individual problems.

There is no one size fits all approach and whilst we use guidelines set out by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), what we offer as support and treatment is down to what will best suit individual circumstances. Everyone is different and we are committed to spending the time to discuss and understand your needs.

Getting help early

Getting help early when suffering from an eating disorder is important. If you have concerns about food and weight and these are starting to have an impact on your everyday life, we encourage you to make contact, have a chat and then make a decision about whether you want to work with us.

You can contact our team anytime if you have any questions, but we encourage you to see your GP if you would like a referral to the service. Contact details to the right of this page.

By involving your GP early in treatment, we can both help look after your mental health and physical health needs together with you.

Once we have received a referral from your GP, we will contact you to make an initial appointment, where we can discuss your needs and agree what help and support we can offer. These appointments will be offered as close to your home as possible and may be in a Trust community clinic, local GP surgery, hospital or health clinic.

For anyone under the age of 16 who needs help with an eating disorder, a referral should be made to the Trust’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.

How do we help?

There is a wide variety of ways we can help you manage an eating disorder, these can include any combination of the following, but we will discuss all of the options and how these might help in your first few assessment appointments:

  • Initial advice
  • One-to-one sessions with an eating disorder specialist who can use a tailored range of different psychological therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • CBT Recovery Groups
  • EMDR (Eye Movement De-sensitisation and Reprocessing)
  • Nutritional advice
  • Self-help materials
  • Body image workshops
  • Community Support
  • Housing and benefits advice
  • Carer’s assessments
  • Educational awareness in local schools, colleges
  • Drop-in clinics at the University in Lincoln.
  • Weekly day programme for suffers with high level of need

Information for families/carers

Eating disorders do not just impact on the person suffering with the illness. Families and carers can also experience profound emotional and social consequences. Watching someone you care for experience the symptoms associated with an eating disorder can cause feelings of fear, anxiety and frustration. Interactions around food can increasingly dominate family life and affect the carer’s social life, and cause hostile confrontations.

There is a toolkit for carers, written by Janet Treasure that describes some of the common reactions of family/carers. It encourages them to reflect upon their emotional responses and experiment with trying to change them to assist in any recovery process.

Carers assessments are also available through the Lincolnshire County Council Carer’s Support Team on 01522 782224,