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The Phoenix Centre  is an NHS Tier 4 specialist eating disorders inpatient unit based in Cambridge.We offer assessment and treatment of adolescents (11-17 inclusive) presenting with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder or mixed eating disorder symptoms (eating disorder not otherwise specified). We provide a variety of evidence-based interventions tailored to the needs of the young people and their families.

The Phoenix Centre is a single storey, self contained ward with 14 beds and 2 daypatient places, the latter available for local patients who can travel to the centre for treatment each day. It is situated about 5 miles south of Cambridge city centre in peaceful and pleasant surroundings.

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 and Teachers.

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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