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Eating Disorder Service

Eating Disorder Service 

This is a service offering specialist assessment and psychological interventions to adults with eating disorders. 

The vast majority of people who need treatment receive psychological therapy as an out-patient. Ward S3 is a mixed-sex in-patient unit for adults aged 18-plus, based at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge. It is a specialist unit for individuals with an eating disorder who have been assessed by the community team and are considered to need a more intensive approach to the treatment of their eating disorder. The ward has recently been refurbished and has 14 beds, all-single-room facility. In-patient treatment is provided for individuals with severe anorexia nervosa who are at high risk physically and psychologically. Prior to considering a hospital admission, the patient will be assessed by Dr Jane Shapleske (Consultant Psychiatrist - Cambridge Adult Eating Disorder Service), or a member of the medical team.

How this service can help you

  • Clinics for Cambridgeshire patients are held in Cambridge, Huntingdon and Peterborough.
  • Norfolk Eating Disorder Service holds clinics in Norwich and King's Lynn for Norfolk patients with all assessment clinics being held in Norwich.
  • Provides service for adults with moderate to severe eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and eating disorders not other specified  including binge eating disorder.
  • Specialist assessment and psychological interventions to service users, families and carers.
  • Community screening and triaging of referrals providing access to assessment within four and 28 days depending on urgency.
  • Intensive support and treatment is offered via admission to a 14-bed in-patient unit at Addenbrooke-s Hospital, Cambridge. The unit also offers in-patient services for people from outside the county.
  • Multidisciplinary CPA assessment detailing a care plan and risk management plan.
  • Treatment delivered according to evidence-based working practices in line with NICE guidelines.
  • Psychological treatments include individual and group Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), individual Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), motivational approaches, family work including multi-family therapy, and harm minimisation psychoeducational group (in Norfolk).
  • Psychiatric and medical assessment available to those who require this.


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 Goals of therapy are to:

  • Reduce and preferably stop eating-disorder symptoms and behaviour  
  • Help the individual develop a more compassionate system of self-evaluation not based mainly on weight or appearance
  • Help acquire a more thoughtful and flexible way of managing feelings and living life
  • Help gain better understanding of how interpersonal relationships are managed and maintained
  • Increase self care skills needed to live healthily at home

How do I access this service?

Via GP/healthcare professional


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