Eating Disorders Outpatient Service

  • The service offers an assessment, treatment and liaison service for people with moderate to severe eating disorders, including bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and anorexia nervosa.

  • Base: Springfield University Hospital
  • Service Contact: adultseatingdisordersteam@swlstg.nhs.uk
  • Service Category: Community
  • Disabled access: Yes, Trinity Building has step free access
  • Address: Trinity Building,  Springfield University Hospital,  15 Springfield Drive, London, SW17 0YF
  • Reception hours: Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm
  • Reception phone number: 0203 513 4425

About our care

The service offers a range of interventions in the form of psychological therapies (group and individual), medical monitoring and outreach work. The service also works closely with primary care services offering training to clinicians and providing advice, support and signposting to those who do not meet the threshold for the service.

The service follows the principles of the First Episode Rapid Early Intervention for Eating Disorders (FREED) service model. The aim is to reduce the duration of an untreated eating disorder by offering rapid support to 18 to 25-year-olds who have had an eating disorder for three years or less and are presenting to an eating disorders service for the first time.

Interventions include: 

  • Congnitive Behaviour Therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT-ED) — a group for Bulimia Nervosa
  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Maudsley Model of Anorexia Nervosa Treatment for Adults (MANTRA)
  • Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) skills group for Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder
  • Specialist Supportive Clinical Management (SSCM)
  • Motivational and psycho-educational groups
  • Medical monitoring clinic for those open to our service and receiving treatment
  • Family therapy
  • Multidisciplinary input including specialist dietetics, outreach and social work alongside the above treatments
  • Occupational therapy assessments including ADL (activities of daily living) and sensory profiling. 

Enhanced Treatment Team

The Enhanced Treatment Team (ETT) sits within the outpatient service and provides a local alternative to inpatient treatment and by nature is less restrictive. The ETT supports discharges from wards, reduces admissions to inpatient wards and works to reduce length of stay. Treatment and support is provided in patients’ homes and in the local community.

Who is this service for?

The service is for adults over 18 years with moderate to severe eating disorders including bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and anorexia nervosa.

Referrals and access

Referrals from GPs are sent via the Electronic Referral Service (e-RS). All other professional referral forms are sent by email to adultseatingdisordersteam@swlstg.nhs.uk.

Patient information

Recommended resources

www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk

Books:

  • Rehabilitate, Rewire, Recover! Anorexia recovery for the determined adult by Tabitha Farrar
  • Skills-based Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder: The New Maudsley Method by Janet Treasure, Grainne Smith and Anna Crane
  • Supporting Autistic People with Eating Disorders: A Guide to Adapting Treatment and Supporting Recovery by Kate Tchanturia
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Eating Disorders in Young People: A Parent’s Guide by Riccardo Grave and Carine Khazen.

Online skills resources: