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On the outskirts of Cambridge, the Phoenix Centre provides 14 inpatient beds, day-patient and outreach specialist treatment for young people 13-18 years old with complex eating disorders.

Young people will be supported in their treatment by a multi-disciplinary team consisting of a Clinical psychiatrist, Nurses, Health care assistants, Clinical psychologists, a Family therapist, a Dietitian, Head of Patient Involvement, Research Assistant and Teachers.
Generally speaking there are three strands of treatment:

  • Weight restoration and dealing with behaviours related to this
  • Help with recognising and countering anorexic thoughts and feelings
  • Return to aspects of normal life


Treatment varies according to each young person's individual needs but typically would include:

  • Support with eating 
  • Individual and family psychological treatment
  • Weekly appointments with the Consultant and a nurse
  • Education in the Phoenix Centre school
  • Monthly review meetings with members of the Phoenix Centre team, the young person and their family, and referrers from the young person's local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

When a young person leaves the Phoenix Centre, they will return to the care of their local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). Our outreach worker helps with planning discharges and setting up appointments. He may also see the young person and their family for a while after discharge to provide support during this time of change.


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