What is the Community Eating Disorder Service (CEDS)?
CEDS is a multidisciplinary team who will be involved in the patient’s care throughout their time within the service. Our team is made up of the following professions:
- Clinical Psychology
- Specialist Dietetics
- Specialist CEDS Practitioners (nurses, social workers and occupational therapists)
- Assistant Psychology
We also work closely with Psychiatrists as needed and have close relationships with colleagues in other settings (such as community nursing and acute hospitals) to help meet the needs of the young people in our care.
Psychiatrists are medically trained doctors. They prescribe and manage medication throughout the course of treatment. Psychologists and practitioners use talking therapies to work on your emotional and mental health through behavioural interventions. They can often work closely together through treatment.
The service provides evidence-based therapeutic interventions and follows the recommendations of the NICE Guidelines for Eating Disorders.
Who is CEDS for?
CEDS provide treatment for children and young people living in North Cumbria, up until 19 years of age (with referrals accepted until age 18 years), who are struggling with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder.
We believe in working alongside you and your family to offer collaborative, compassionate, caring and empathetic quality outpatient care. As such, we value your voices and experiences in both your own care and in the ongoing development of our service.
What does CEDS offer?
Treatment with CEDS aims to:
- Help patients and families gain an understanding of their eating difficulties;
- Encourage a healthy attitude to food and weight;
- Promote alternative coping strategies;
- Enhance self-esteem and confidence;
- and restore and maintain physical health.
Appointments take place across Workington and Whitehaven.
We have made short videos about our buildings so you know what it will be like when you come for your appointment.
How do I access the service?
Referrals to CEDS will be accepted from any professional working with a child, young person or their family. Referral forms are accepted by email. Please complete our referral form. We do not accept self-referrals at the current time.
What if I need help urgently?
The Universal Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team (CRHT) are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to support you if you are experiencing a mental health crisis. They can also provide advice and support to your family.
The service can be contacted on 0300 123 90150 or freephone 0800 652 2865
There is a text number for people who are Deaf and/or have communication difficulties: 07795 656 226
We would ask you to call 999 or visit your nearest A&E in case of emergency. For for young people with an eating disorder this includes physical health emergency (such as a physical collapse). Where young people are admitted to local hospitals with a suspected eating disorder, the referral will reach us urgently from these services (e.g. from ward staff).
We recognise the important role parents and carers play in their child’s recovery and understand that they will on occasion need support for themselves.
We also understand that you may be a young carer. You are classed as a young carer if you are under 18 and help to look after a relative with a disability, illness, mental health condition, or drug or alcohol problem. You may do extra jobs in and around the home, help out with other siblings or give emotional support to others.
We can advise you on how to access help and support in your caring role. Please speak to your worker or visit our Carers resources website page for more information.
Patient and Carer Involvement
We believe it is very important you, your carers and families have opportunity to design and improve our services. The Patient and Carer Involvement Service provides support to people who want to be involved in developing our services. This team provides a range of projects and activities that people can take part in. If you are interested in finding out more, please visit the Patient and Carer Involvement website pages
Points of You
Feedback is very important to us. Fill out our Points of You survey to anonymously have your say and comment on the ward or service you have experienced.