The East Suffolk Eating Disorders service is made up of these two teams: Children and Young People’s Eating Disorder Team (CYP - EDT) and the East Suffolk Adult Team. Both teams offer a community service to young people and their families.
Age of service: The CYP-EDT covers children and young people up to their 19th birthday. The Adult Team offers a service for young people after their 19th Birthday.
The conditions we treat: For under 19-year olds we treat children and young people with changes in behaviours and thinking which may lead to eating disorders. For example: restricting food intake, increase in exercise, self-induced vomiting, other behaviours that may impact on weight, such as, over worrying about body image and shape. We treat young people with developing Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa.
For over 19-year olds the Adult Team assesses and treats young people with significant changes in behaviour and thinking including significant weight loss, significant restrictive eating, over-exercising, self-induced vomiting, daily binging, and engaging in other behaviours to lose weight.
What to expect from us:
CYP-EDT: We will contact you between 1-2 days of receiving your referral into our service. We would like to have a discussion with the parent/carer, or young person – if over 18, to hear about your concerns. This will help us to make a decision about how to proceed, and how best to support you and the young person. Our emphasis is to provide early support for under 19’s. We provide comprehensive assessment to determine need and risk. From this we develop a care plan with the young person and their family. We aim to start treatment within 28 days of a referral being sent to us, or 7 days if urgent, in accordance with targets set within the ‘Access and Waiting Time Standard for Children and Young People’. Treatment and therapy may include education and information about eating disorders, nutritional support and advice, meal planning and management, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Therapy and Family Based Treatment. We will assess the young person’s physical health.
Adult Team (for over 19 year olds): The Emotional Wellbeing Hub will contact you within a week to discuss your referral and the best way to support you. We would encourage you to involve close friends and relatives who can support you with your treatment but will respect your decision if you do not wish to do so. Our emphasis is to provide assessment and treatment for people with significant eating disorders with a focus on risk management and recovery. Treatment and therapy may include education and information about eating disorders, nutritional support and advice, meal planning and management, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Therapy. We will assess the young person’s physical health.
How we support carers, including friends and family: We recognize the importance of families and carers and where possible, we work closely with them. We understand that talking about eating difficulties can be a sensitive issue to discuss and we offer time to talk to individuals and families.
We are currently developing a Parent/Carer Skills Based Program for the families of under 19 year olds, aimed at informing, educating and helping parents and carers to assist their child’s recovery from an eating disorder. We are looking to co-produce this with parents/carers and young people, with a focus on understanding the condition and building resilience.
We also offer a parent and carers support group, Breathing Space, which is run by our staff and parents together. This group runs on the first Monday of each month from 7.30pm-9pm, at The Taste Cafe, 426A Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 4EL. This group is a closed group to those who are in service with us. For further information contact Sarah Cross on 01473 279200 or John Russell on 07849395332.