Our community eating disorders service provides care and support to children and young people with an eating disorder.
We also offer advice and support to families, carers, and those who work with, or support, a child or young person.
Our service is based at two hubs:
North - covering Bury, Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale, and Oldham
South - covering Stockport, Tameside and Glossop
We offer children and young people a full assessment and NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) approved care, advice, and treatment.
Assessment: This is the first step in understanding the difficulties faced. This is a face to face meeting. Sometimes we see young people and families once only—it all depends on need.
Therapeutic interventions: If the young person wants to access help and support for their eating distress or body image concerns then we can offer a range of individual, group, or family-based therapies and interventions.
Dietetic support and advice: A dietician’s job is to help young people and families to understand the nutritional and physiological impact that disordered eating can have. Some young people may need bespoke meal plans, some may need advice about portion sizes or appropriate foods.
Physical health monitoring: This is done by measuring height and weight, and checking blood pressure and pulse. Sometimes young people may need blood tests and other medical investigations and we can arrange this if necessary.
Consultation and training: We can offer support and advice to schools, colleges, GPs and other professionals as well as bespoke training packages about a variety of eating disorders and body image-related issues.
Liaison with other professionals: We often talk to people in your life who can help, when this is necessary.
Parent and carer support: We offer a parent and carer group on a regular basis for those whose children and young people who are in treatment. This is for support, advice, and a space to share personal experience and hear and learn from others.
Our service is available to those aged between 8 and 18 years.
Aged under 16 years
If you're under 16, your parent/carer, any health professional, child care, educational or local authority professional can refer you to us.
Aged over 16 years
You can refer yourself (if you are aged 16-18) to us.
A parent, carer, or anyone who works with you, or supports you, can also make a referral on your behalf - but they must have your permission first.
If you need urgent or emergency help for either your physical and/or mental health, please go to your nearest accident and emergency department.