Eating Disorders Service

Location: Maudsley Hospital
Services providedOutpatient and Intensive day Treatment Programme (ITP).  The ITP day service is funded by NHS England and accepts national referrals from CAMHS and Community Eating Disorder Services for Children and Young People (CED-CYP).
Referral Pathway: Psychiatrists, Psychologists, General Practitioners, Paediatricians, GP Consortia, Mental Health Professionals and School Nurses

The Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Service’s self-referral telephone line is now available for young people and their families whose GP practice is located in Southwark, Lambeth, Lewisham, Croydon, Bexley, Bromley or Greenwich.

Please call Self-referral telephone line on: 020 3228 2545 (line open 9.00am – 6.00pm):

Parents/carers of young people in these boroughs can also make a referral for their child.

Are you a young person with all-consuming and preoccupying worries and difficulties with eating? Or a parent with concerns about your child’s eating?

Eating difficulties may take different forms such as restricting/avoiding food, skipping meals, being overly concerned about calories, weight-checking or over-exercising, as well as vomiting or bingeing – often resulting in increased anxiety and unhappiness.

GPs use the following questions to check for an eating disorder:

  • Do you make yourself sick because you feel uncomfortably full?
  • Do you worry that you have lost control over how much you eat?
  • Do you ever eat in secret?
  • Does your weight affect the way you feel about yourself?
  • Do you believe yourself to be fat when others say you are too thin?
  • Would you say that food dominates your life?

If two or more of these apply to you, or even if you are unsure whether you should be worried — please get in touch  — we can help.

Speak to our experienced duty clinician on the telephone number below.

Self-referral telephone line – for young people or their parents:

020 3228 2545 (line open 9.00am – 6.00pm)

Professionals please note:

If you are GP, mental health professional, paediatrician, school nurse, counsellor or teacher in Southwark, Lambeth, Lewisham, Croydon, Bexley, Bromley or Greenwich  call 020 3228 2545  for consultation, advice or to refer.

Key areas: child and adolescent eating disorder (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, other spcific eating disorders, avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder and binge eating disorder)


Our Specialist Child and Adolescent Eating Disorder Service (CAEDS) is renowned worldwide for the psychological treatments it offers to children and adolescents with eating disorders, along with their families. Our team combines a highly specialist knowledge of eating disorders, with expertise in family therapy and individual approaches. We focus on helping families understand the nature and impact of their family member’s eating disorder. We apply our clinical expertise and ongoing contributions to research to find ways in which families can work together to help the young person overcome their problems.

Our treatment is provided mainly on an outpatient basis by a multidisciplinary team, which includes psychiatrists, psychologists, paediatrician, paediatric and mental health nurses, family therapists, a dietitian and an art therapist.
As well as family and individual therapy we offer multi-family therapy (MFT) for anorexia, involving several families coming together to work side by side. The MFT program involves an initial intensive four-day workshop, with further follow-up group meetings over several months.

We also offer MFT for bulimia nervosa, a 20-week programme combining group and family formats.

Our service offers an Intensive day Treatment Programme (ITP) funded by NHS England as an alternative to inpatient treatment that works actively with families at all stages of the treatment and helps young people to recover more quickly with better outcomes, prevents protracted inpatient admissions and reduces relapse rates. ITP accepts national referrals for young people aged 11—18 suffering from a range of eating disorders. The service runs from Monday to Friday, and the young people can attend between one and five days a week depending on their specific needs. Young people with an eating disorder take part in the programme which comprises group, individual and family-based therapies. Education is provided by the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School.

Our team is research-active at an international level. We regularly contribute to the evidence base for treatments, and present innovations nationally and internationally. We also provide a range of training and consultation to contribute to the development of other services and practitioners.

Case study - Lynne

Lynne’s story (Rachel’s mother)

Christmas wasn’t a nice time at all. She nearly completely stopped eating and lay on the sofa crying from morning to night, thinking we were putting calories in the water. I had already started reading books and doing research on anorexia, which was where I heard about the Maudsley.

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