We’re a multi-disciplinary team made up of child and adolescent psychiatrists, dieticians, family therapists, nurses, psychologists and psychotherapists.
We work closely with young people and their families or carers to develop a package of care tailored to their individual needs. We also provide advice and training to GPs, schools and social care services.
Assessment takes place at our base in Maidenhead, where our team assesses the young person’s needs, and identifies the best way to support them.
The first appointment lasts about two and a half hours. We’ll see your the person individually, and with you, their carers or the rest of their family.
You’ll meet with members of our team who’ll talk to you about the concerns that led to the referral. Then, after a half hour break, you’ll discuss the outcome of the assessment, and plan and agree the best treatment together. You’ll be given a copy of the treatment plan, and a copy will also be sent to the young person's GP.
The treatment provided by BEDS CYPF is consistent with 'The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Guidelines for Eating Disorders (2017).' The aim of treatment is to improve the psychological, physical and social functioning of the young person.
We develop treatment plans to meet the individual needs of the young people we see. These might include:
We see young people aged 8-18 with an eating disorder and who have preoccupying worries and difficulties with eating and concerns about their weight and shape.
We don’t have a waiting list for new referrals. Urgent cases are seen within a week and routine cases within six-eight weeks. Following assessment, treatment is generally offered in the locality nearest to the young person’s home.
If you suspect a young person within your care has an eating disorder, you can make a referral yourself. Once the referral is received, it will be passed to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Berkshire Eating Disorders (CAMHS CYPF) for triage.
Please read the referral criteria carefully before you complete our referral form. In urgent cases (very low weight, rapid weight loss or serious psychiatric comorbidity such as suicidal risk), please mark your referral as URGENT and telephone our HealthHub on 0300 365 1234.
When making a referral, please include as much of the following information that you are able to:
You might find it helpful to ask your young person to complete the SCOFF questionnaire, a tool that helps assess the possible presence of an eating disorder.
If you’re unsure whether to make a referral, we operate a duty line (01753 638067) from 9am until 5pm, Monday to Fridays. You can call us to discuss your case.
If you're over the age of 18, you can find support from our Berkshire Eating Disorders Service (BEDS)
You can find additional support online by visiting:
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