Referrals can be made by GPs, healthcare professionals, schools and colleges
You will need to complete the CAMHS Referral Form for Professionals which has a section on Eating Disorders. Ideally, this will be completed in collaboration with the young person, parent or carer. This will enable us to decide how best to help the client and their family.
We also accept self-referrals
From April 2020, young people or parents/carers who live in Bedfordshire and Luton will be able to self-refer to their CAMHS service. Please see the attached form which should be emailed to elft.spoebedfordshire.nhs.net
The team will screen all referrals for risk and need. For any referrals that we are unable to accept during these challenging times, support will be provided in the form of psychoeducation and self-help.
Anorexia Nervosa (AN)
Someone with anorexia nervosa worries all the time about food, eating, body weight or body shape. Behaviours such as eating very little or over-exercising can lead to them losing a lot of weight.
Bulimia Nervosa (BN)
Someone with bulimia nervosa also worries a lot about body weight and body shape. They alternate between eating next to nothing, and then having binges when they over-eat and feel out of control. They may vomit or take laxatives to control their weight.
Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS)
This is when someone has considerable difficulty and distress around eating. Some but not all of the features of AN, BN or BED are present.
Please note that we do not currently offer support for binge eating
The service offers high-quality, evidence-based assessment and treatment for children, young people and their families. It is staffed by a multi-disciplinary team consisting of:
- Dietician: Offers advice about food choices and lifestyle
- Consultant Psychiatrist: A senior doctor who has overall responsibility for your care
- Therapists: Talk to you to help make sense of your difficulties and develop positive skills
- Family Therapist: Offers your family a supportive space to talk about their experience