Adult Eating Disorders Service
The 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.
The service offers assessment and treatment in a variety of community bases across Lincolnshire.
The team comprises of:
- Team Manager
- FREED Coordinator
- Consultant psychiatrist
- Consultant clinical psychologist
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
- Occupational Therapist
- Assistant Practitioners
- Counselling Psychologist
- Nurse specialists
- Advanced Physical Healthcare Nurse
- Community support workers
- Medical secretary
- Team Administrators
The service operates Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
How you might feel
Many of the people we meet have mixed feelings and are unsure whether they are ready to address such problems. We appreciate this can be scary and difficult to trust someone you don’t know. We encourage you to make contact, have a chat and then make a decision about whether you want to work with us.
If you are unsure that you even need help then that is fine too. Don’t be put off asking for advice. Our specialist and caring staff are more than happy to just have a quick chat about your concerns. It is important however, if you do want help, that you contact us as soon as possible. The sooner we can talk to you, the less likely things are going to deteriorate further and get more serious.
What an appointment involves
The first meeting involves having a chat with one of the team and deciding whether the time is right for you to make changes. This gives us an opportunity to find out about a little bit more about you and the problems you are experiencing.
We respect everyone as an individual, and as such tailor the support we provide to your specific needs. We are not here to trick you in to eating. If weight is affecting your health, we will give you information and ideas on how you can make small changes towards better health.
What we offer
- Advice and consultancy
- Psychiatric assessment
- Liaison work with other services
- CBT-e (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy adapted for eating disorders)
- SSCM (Specialist Supportive Clinical Management)
- MANTRA (Maudsley Anorexia Nervosa Treatment for Adults)
- Dietetic consultation
- Community support - including enhanced community support work if deemed appropriate.
- Liaison with First Steps Voluntary Sector who work alongside Lincoln University
- Eating Disorders Champion Training
- Provide teaching into Doctorate Clinical Psychology Training program on treating approaches for eating disorders
We consider referrals for patients over the age of 16. The basic minimum information required is:
- Weight, height and BMI
- Blood tests
- A history of the eating problems
In more complex cases requiring formal CPA and Care Co-ordination, eg. dual diagnosis and/or other co-morbid health problems, the Eating Disorder Service will either jointly work or offer advice and support. Care co-ordination should be provided by the local Community Mental Health Team.
Patients under 16 years of age should be referred to CAMHS Eating Disorders Service. The Eating Disorders Service will work with CAMHS EDS to ensure the smooth transition of patients to adult services as appropriate.
In general the referral protocol should be followed, however, we will consider each case individual. Please feel free to telephone the service on 01522 421632. You can email the service on email@example.com
Information for carers
Skills workshops for anyone caring for a loved one with an eating disorder
Caring for a loved one with an eating disorder can be exhausting, distressing and disorientating. Many carers feel they are drowning as though they have tried everything and don’t know where to turn next.
National Health Service Workforce Training and Education Directorate has worked in partnership with Charlie Waller Trust to train facilitators to be able to deliver the New Maudsley Approach carers skills workshops to parents and carers who are supporting a loved one with an eating disorder.
Based on the New Maudsley approach, these courses have helped so many families to navigate their way through a seemingly impossible task and offer professional techniques for becoming a ‘Change Coach’ including:
• Dealing with challenging behaviour
• Specialised communication skills
• Avoiding traps that may maintain the disorder
• Supporting recovery
The aim of the New Maudsley Model is to lower anxiety and distress in family members and to give carers communication tools, skills and techniques that help them engage their loved one to improve their self-esteem and develop the resilience to embark on change.
The courses are broken down into five, two-hour workshops and are full of practical tips, real life scenarios and case studies.
Please see the links below inviting you to take a look at the courses and decide if it would be of help to you.
Get involved! Join our Adult Eating Disorders Involvement Group
We are inviting people with lived experience, families and carers to help us shape our Adult Eating Disorders Service.
What is the Adult Eating Disorders Involvement Group?
The Adult Eating Disorders Involvement Group is a space for staff, people with lived experience of an eating disorder, carers and family members to work together to monitor, advise, and improve future practice by discussing topics and gathering experiences.
Including people who have used services, as well as families and carers is important to us. Your views are extremely valuable, and you are the best people to hold the Adult Eating Disorders Service to account, ensuring care is at a high standard and meets and represents as many people’s needs as possible.
The group currently meets monthly remotely via MS Teams.
If you would like to join the Adult Eating Disorders Involvement Group or speak to a member of the team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07773 206341.
Feedback from group members
"We all work together to achieve the best outcomes for the service, patients, families and carers." - member of the Involvement Group
"This is a great, non-judgemental friendly group where everyone's opinions and ideas are discussed,
considered and acted upon, with a joint goal of improving the lives of those with eating disorders." -
member of the Involvement Group
"The Eating Disorders service has been an absolute lifeline on my journey to recovery. The friendly, compassionate and dedicated team tailored personalised treatment that not only addressed my physical health but also my emotional well-being. Thanks to their unwavering support, I've emerged stronger and have been able to rediscover the happier, healthier, fun-filled version of myself that I thought was lost forever." - Service user.
"When I first made the decision to begin my journey, after my eating disorder nearly took my life, it was a very scary place to be. But from the moment I walked into the unit, I felt as though I was being wrapped up in a big warm blanket and from that moment I just knew I was going to be ok ! I have to say that my personal experience was made much more bearable when I was greeted my the most amazing person with a great big smile. It was then that I knew recovery was possible for me. I’m not for one minute saying that it was easy and, personally, the hard work does have to come from yourself. I do still have my difficult days but with the coping strategies that I have learned from the LPFT means that I can now “live” not just “exist”. So I would urge anyone that is in the grips of this terrible illness to just reach out your hand and I assure you that someone will be there to take it and wrap you up in your very own warm blanket. " - Service user.
"When I first started working with the Adult Eating Disorders group I was a bit nervous and didn't have any idea what to expect. My nerves soon went out of the window when I met Ali - he put me at ease and it was like talking to a friend. The modules we did really got me thinking about myself and my attitude.
"When I first started there was no way I was going to go out and eat a meal in public but I'm so proud of myself I've not only eaten one meal out I've actually had three! One was a wedding and one was a birthday. The thoughts that were going around my head when I knew these events were coming up would usually have had me in a right state. But with doing some of the things I learned from the modules made me feel that I could do this and it was something to look forward to instead of the usual dread.
"Don't get me wrong I do still have bad days but just having those few things which probably seem like nothing to anyone else made me feel like I can do this. If you are lucky enough to get the chance to work with the Adult Eating Disorders team please do. They are caring and actually listen to what you have to say. I'm so grareful for my time with them and feel much stronger in myself." - Service user.
‘Through K’s recovery so far, I have to admit how hard it is from a parent's perspective to watch your child suffer with an eating disorder when you know their potential. You wish you could do it for them, but all you can do is guide them to make the right choice for their future. It’s like she became two different people. It can be difficult to understand something that you haven’t experienced but I had to remember that she didn’t choose the eating disorder. But I knew she needed help and thankfully her treatment team gave her a lifeline when I didn’t know what to do. They’ve not only given her the best advice, but also helped me to understand more than I did. It’s like we’re both in recovery. It affects everyone in the household but being part of the programme has really turned things around for her and we are both forever grateful for the support she’s had throughout her treatment." - Parent of a service user.
You may come across many acronyms and unfamiliar phrases and terminology. Here's a guide to explain what they mean.
AMHS (Adult Mental Health Services) - If needed, when a young person reaches 18, their CAMHS team will help them prepare to move (transition) to Adult Mental Health Services. There may be some instances where this may be earlier than 18, or later than 18, depending on individual circumstance.
Behavioural Activation - Behavioural activation is an evidence-based treatment often used to treat depression/low mood. It encourages a person to develop or get back into activities which are meaningful to them.
CAMHS - CAMHS is an acronym for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
CAMHS EDS - The EDS Service is a separate service within CAMHS for young people who are experiencing an eating disorder, such as Anorexia Nervosa or Bulimia.
Care Plan - A Care Plan is a treatment plan that is tailored to suit individuals' specific needs, personal goals and symptoms. It specifies the care a person needs to develop socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. This Care Plan should be agreed on with both the Lead Professional and patient, and can be reviewed and changed if needed.
CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) - CBT is a talking therapy that helps manage problems by helping you challenge the way you think and behave. CBT is mainly used to treat anxiety and depression but it can also be used to treat a variety of other difficulties. There are also lots of variations of CBT including Trauma-focused CBT and CBT-E (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Eating Disorders)
EDE – Q - An Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire is a questionnaire all about how an Eating Disorder affects you day-to-day. By completing it at the start of therapy, and then every 28 days, it tracks your recovery.
Formulation - A formulation aims to help a person understand and make sense of their difficulties and symptoms, considering their environment, relationships, social relationships and past life events. A formulation can then be used to develop a care plan and treatment.
Graded Exposure - Graded Exposure may be recommended as a part of CBT if people are struggling with issues such as anxiety or phobias. Graded exposure may start with writing down a ‘ladder’ of feared situations /objects/activities that a person might be avoiding (least feared at the bottom, most feared at the top). The clinician will then help the person work up the ladder, helping expose them to these feared situation in a safe way in order to overcome anxiety.
Initial Assessment - An Initial Assessment is usually the first appointment a young person will have with a service. For more information, visit our website page 'my first appointment' detailing what sorts of things you may be asked in that appointment.
MDT - An MDT is a group of different professionals (e.g. nurses, social worker, psychiatrists) who discuss and make decisions on recommended treatment together.
Pathway - In Lincolnshire treatment 'pathways' help a clinician build or guide a person’s care plan and are based on recommended treatment and medical guidelines. There are a number of different pathways depending on what a person is struggling with e.g. low mood pathway, social anxiety pathway and eating disorder pathway.
PSW (Peer Support Worker) - PSWs are members of staff with lived experience of mental health difficulties, who use their personal experiences and insight to support people in mental health services. Because of their lived experience, some describe PSWs as ’bridging the gap’ between the clinician and patient. A PSW may help plan and deliver care, help people attend groups or go out in your community to help promote recovery.
Referral - A referral is a formal process that happens when a person asks a service for help. People may get referred to mental health services by a doctor, or other health professional. To do this, paperwork needs to be completed describing the issues a person is experiencing and what they need help with.
AddressUnit 4, St George's site,
Long Leys Road,
Single Point of Access contact details
Sycamore Unit, Beaconfield,
National charity for people with eating disorders and their families
Other useful sites
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Telephone: 0800 001 4331
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