Eating Disorders Team – Gloucestershire
Contacting the Eating Disorders Service
The Eating Disorders Service
St Pauls Medical Complex
Telephone: 01242 634242
Our Community Team are the first point of contact for anyone coming into the service. The team complete initial assessments and offer advice and guidance to GPs, practice nurses and carers.
Once an initial assessment has been completed the team work with the individual to decide the best course of action.
The team also work very closely with GPs to ensure physical health is monitored, for example asking for GPs to undertake blood tests.
Child and adolescent home treatment
Most young people who come into the Eating Disorders Service are treated on an out-patient basis. This would happen in the clinic, with a therapy called “Family Based Treatment”. This is an evidence-based treatment, provided by a senior clinician in weekly sessions for the young person and their parents/family.
If a child and/or their parents are struggling with progressing with this treatment for any reason, they may be referred to the Child and Adolescent Home Treatment Team (ChAHTT).
We offer this bolt-on support, as a complementary addition to the family based treatment; when clinic sessions have not been enough to establish adequate eating, and progress towards weight restoration and health is therefore hindered. In such circumstances the young person is often at risk of requiring hospital admission.
We therefore aim to prevent this by providing intensive therapeutic support, before, during and after specifically timetabled meals, to the young person and their family in their home. We offer 6 weeks of support, starting off more intensively, and then reducing our contacts week by week according to the family’s needs.
We know that often the young person does not see that there is a problem; and we know that eating more will cause distress in the short term. However, we will work towards helping parents to understand this distress, and be supportive to their child, whilst still being very firm with the eating disorder.
Our aim is to help families eat together again, with less distress and conflict; and with the young person making some initial steps towards weight restoration, and getting their life back on track.
We aim to empower parents to manage their child’s illness, well enough, to stay out of hospital.
Family Based treatment will still be in place throughout, and will continue after ChAHTT intervention finishes.
In addition, if a young person is already in hospital, ChAHTT can offer similar packages of care to enable earlier discharge.
Adult day programme
The Day Treatment Programme is designed to support individuals to normalise their eating behaviours, to restore weight where applicable and to provide them with a firm foundation to build upon during individual work with the Eating Disorders Community Team.
It does so by offering a combination of group therapy and supported mealtimes, allowing individuals to work towards their recovery and treatment goals. More information about the programme can be found in the day treatment booklet, the groups guide and weekly timetable.
Beat – Eating Disorder Support Group (Cirencester)
The group meets every month on the first Wednesday of the the month. It is open to sufferers, relatives and friends.
Group Facilitator: Pat Ayres Telephone: 01285 770385
You can refer yourself to us by calling 01242 634242, or you can ask your GP to refer you/your child.
GPs and professionals can use our referral form, which can be downloaded here.