Eating disorders

two-people-dialogue-discussion.jpgOur teams offer the following services:

  • Support for children and young people in Derby and southern Derbyshire with eating disorders – for more information, visit our CAMHS section
  • Support for adults across Derbyshire – for more information, read on.

Adult eating disorders service

Our eating disorder service cares for adults living in Derby city and Derbyshire county with severe eating disorders. The service offers treatment to individuals with anorexia nervosa with a body mass index (BMI) of 16.9 and under. In some circumstances we also see people who present with physical health issues, for example diabetes or Crohn’s disease at higher BMIs, and severe bulimia with physical health risks or those who are rapidly losing weight.

The team is based at Unity Mill in Belper. However in order to make the service as accessible as possible to the communities we serve, the team travels to healthcare settings across the city and county. 

We are the gateway for admissions to specialist inpatient units and regularly liaise with commissioners to ensure admissions are timely and appropriate. We have close working relationships with the local regional inpatient unit at Leicester. We also have a good working relationship with the gastroenterology team at the Royal Derby Hospital and arrange brief re-feeding admissions as an option if deemed appropriate.

Find out more about eating disorders, the causes and how they affect people on the NHS website.

Working in partnership with First Steps 

Our Eating Disorders service works closely with First Steps Derbyshire to provide targeted intensive practical support in the community to enable service users to receive a specialist eating disorders pathway to progress towards recovery.

This joint service provides home and community supportive interventions from a variety of options agreed by the care co-ordinator as part of the Care Programme Approach (CPA) process and may include: social activities, for example going to the cinema or for a walk, confidence building (around your needs), food shopping, preparing meals, eating at home or in public, volunteering and support to get back into work and/or education.

Derbyshire Eating Disorder Services Occupational Therapy Newsletters.

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Unity Mill
Derwent Street
DE56 1WN

Tel: 01773 881467

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