Long and short-term residential anorexia treatment for children, teens and young adults

Anorexia, medically referred to as anorexia nervosa, is a serious eating disorder that can impact individuals across all age groups. However, it is most frequently observed among children, teenagers, and young adults. This condition is marked by an extreme restriction of food intake and an overpowering fear of weight gain.

Children, teenagers, and young adults who battle anorexia often confront a multitude of physical, emotional, and social hurdles. These challenges can give rise to severe complications and, in the most dire situations, even lead to loss of life.

At Schoen Clinic Newbridge, we offer specialised residential and inpatient treatment facilities tailored to the unique needs of children, teenagers, and young adults grappling with anorexia. Our comprehensive approach ensures that individuals receive targeted care, addressing both the physical and psychological dimensions of this disorder.

How our anorexia treatment centre helps children, teens and young people in Birmingham

At Schoen Clinic, we have over 37 years of experience in treating mental health conditions and eating disorders. As part of a leading international hospital group, we are committed to improving the lives of those affected by eating disorders and raising awareness of their impact. Our anorexia specialists in Birmingham offer highly specialised inpatient, outpatient and daycare treatment for young people with anorexia.

Our multidisciplinary team of experts (unique in the private healthcare sector) are leaders in their respective fields and collaborate to provide children and adolescents with anorexia with clinically advanced treatment pathways. This approach ensures each of the treatments we provide helps to address the various factors that contribute to an eating disorder.

Our teams also collaborate with patients and their families to deliver the most efficient care with a high rate of recovery.

To get started with private treatment, simply fill out our online pre-screening questionnaire any time to suit you. Click here.

Diagnosing anorexia nervosa in children, teens and young people

In order to receive the most appropriate treatment and support, it's essential for affected individuals to receive a comprehensive assessment from trained healthcare professionals who specialise in treating eating disorders.

Diagnosing anorexia is not straightforward, and a number of factors need to be taken into account. Our specialists at Schoen Clinic Newbridge will undertake an assessment to determine whether an individual meets the diagnostic criteria for anorexia, outlined by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

One of the main diagnostic criteria for anorexia is significantly low body weight, as defined by the individual's age, gender, height and other factors. An individual's Body Mass Index (BMI) is usually calculated to determine whether their weight falls significantly below the expected range.

Another important diagnostic criterion for anorexia is a distorted body image or perception. This may be manifested by an individual's belief that they are overweight or larger than they actually are or by an overemphasis on certain parts of their body, such as their stomach, hips or thighs. This distorted body image can also lead to low self-esteem, self-worth, and anxiety.

Anorexia doesn't discriminate

Many people assume anorexia is a ‘female’ problem and this stigma is paired with the guilt and secrecy inherent to all eating disorders.

Eating disorders in males often emerge between the age of 14 and 25 however people can also be affected at other ages.

At Schoen Clinic Newbridge, young men aged 14 to 17 may be assessed for our inpatient programme for children and teens.

Anorexia isn't just about weight

Although changes in weight and body perception are key indicators of anorexia, other factors must also be considered. Mental health assessments are an important part of the diagnostic process, which can help to identify other psychological issues that may contribute to the development of anorexia, such as depression, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive disorder.

In addition to psychiatric and psychological evaluations, physical examinations are also important in diagnosing anorexia. This can involve checking for any physical signs of malnutrition, such as hair loss or dry skin, as well as assessing the overall health of the individual, including their vital signs, blood pressure, and heart rate.

Early detection and timely interventions can help prevent anorexia from developing into a severe and potentially life-threatening condition, which can have lasting effects on a young person's physical and emotional well-being.

Inpatient, daycare treatment and short-term residential support for anorexia in Birmingham

Anorexia in children and young people can be a complicated and serious disorder, but with early intervention, success rates for recovery are high. At Schoen Clinic Newbridge in Birmingham, we provide comprehensive anorexia treatment that combines psychotherapy, medical care, and family involvement. By providing the necessary support, children and young people suffering from anorexia can overcome this disorder and work towards a happy, healthy life.

Our residential anorexia treatment programmes for teenagers and young adults provide a nurturing environment where the focus lies on reinstating healthier eating habits while delving into the underlying psychological factors. Alternatively, our inpatient anorexia treatment for children fosters a secure space where intensive, round-the-clock care supports the journey to recovery.

We understand the significance of addressing anorexia at a young age. Our specialised inpatient and residential treatment facilities aim to empower children, teenagers, and young adults to overcome the challenges posed by anorexia, promoting a brighter and healthier future.

Parents play a vital role in the treatment of anorexia in children and young people. If you're concerned that your child may have anorexia please get in touch with our team as soon as possible to access our highly specialised treatment. Our anorexia specialists can help to identify the symptoms of anorexia, diagnose the condition (if a diagnosis hasn't already been made), and develop a personalised treatment plan.

Recovery from anorexia is possible. By choosing our tailored treatment programs, you're taking the first step towards a life free from the clutches of anorexia.

To get started with private treatment, simply fill out our online pre-screening questionnaire any time to suit you. Click here.

Anorexia treatment options

Experts agree that eating disorders are a type of coping mechanism whereby sufferers utilise their control over food to manage difficult emotions and other situations.

We appreciate that every individual is unique and a variety of events might trigger the development of anorexia in a young person. That's why our anorexia treatment is tailored to each individual.

We offer several treatment pathways at our anorexia treatment centre in Birmingham, depending on the age of the young person and the stage of anorexia development.

Whatever the stage of anorexia development, our anorexia specialists in Birmingham are on hand to support you. Call our team today on +44 20 4579 2533 or contact us today.

Our approach to highly specialised anorexia treatment

At Schoen Clinic Newbridge, our treatment programme has an overall structure of learning how to eat normally and developing more helpful ways of expressing emotions.

Individuals complete the programme at a pace negotiated between the young person and key workers, taking into account physical health and wellbeing.

We've made it our Purpose to provide the best individualised specialist care for every patient, helping people feel better and recover faster. At Schoen Clinic, we want to help people get back to their normal life as soon as possible so we tailor our treatments to the needs of each patient.

All elements of the programme can be adapted to suit individual needs, in discussion with our team of leading anorexia specialists. An initial treatment plan will be agreed upon before any treatment commences.

Throughout treatment, emphasis is placed on psychological change through psychological therapies, accompanied by managed weight restoration.

To get started with private treatment, simply fill out our online pre-screening questionnaire any time to suit you. Click here.

Anorexia treatment for children and young people at Schoen Clinic Newbridge

All treatment plans will include the following common elements:

  • Monitoring and management of physical and mental state
  • Weight restoration as determined by MDT
  • Group and individual therapies of young person’s own notes
  • Regular meetings with key nurse and co-worker
  • Family meetings and therapy where this is appropriate
  • Care Programme Approach meetings and other review meetings as appropriate.

One of the most effective treatments for anorexia in children and young people is a combination of psychotherapy, medical care, and family involvement.

One of the most commonly used therapies is Family-Based Treatment (FBT), which involves the whole family in the treatment process. This therapy is particularly effective when treating children and young people under the age of 18 and helps to increase their self-esteem, identify distorted thinking patterns, and improve their relationships with food.

Psychotherapy can also be a useful tool when treating anorexia in young people. Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) can help patients identify and overturn negative thinking and behavioural patterns, while dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) can help individuals learn to regulate their emotions and develop healthy coping strategies.

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Specialised anorexia treatment for children, teens and young people in Birmingham

Schoen Clinic Newbridge is a 34-bed specialist eating disorder hospital for young people aged 8-18 years. Our hospital was wholly designed for young people to create a homely, friendly environment.

There are three separate ward areas: the ‘Nest’ for the younger age group, the main ward for the older age group and the ‘Independent’ for older patients nearing the end of their treatment. Schoen Clinic Newbridge has an excellent mix of therapy rooms, lounges and light and airy circulation areas. There is also a large garden, providing a relaxing, green space.

There is a dedicated occupational therapy kitchen and dining area, where young people can practice preparing food and families can share meals together. We have an on-site school with three designated classrooms, fully equipped with computers, where young people have supervised internet access.

There are comfortable lounges containing wall-mounted smart televisions with age-appropriate TV or DVD viewing, along with CD players and an assortment of books, games and puzzles.

We are easily accessible by road, rail and public transport and parking is available onsite. All food is freshly prepared on the premises by our own chefs and served by members of our team.

We're a national centre of excellence for highly specialised anorexia treament

Although our anorexia treatment centre is in Birmingham, we welcome patients from around the UK for specialist anorexia treatment. As we offer highly specialised residential treatment for eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, we regularly treat patients from further afield.

We are part of Schoen Clinic UK Group, an award-winning hospital group specialising in the treatment of mental health problems and eating disorders.

Along with our leading hospital for children and young people in Birmingham, Schoen Clinic also have an outpatient clinic for mental health and eating disorders in Chelsea, London, as well as a highly specialised hospital for adults with eating disorders in York.

Our multidisciplinary team (MDT) of anorexia specialists

Individuals receiving anorexia treatment at our hospital in Birmingham will be under the care of our extensive multidisciplinary team. This ensures each person undergoing treatment for anorexia will have access to a team of highly experienced experts in the field of eating disorders. The team includes:

  • Consultant Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists (and Assistant Psychologists)
  • Nurses (Lead, Senior Staff Nurses)
  • Dietitians
  • Dietetic Assistants
  • Family Therapists and Parent Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • CBT Therapists
  • Healthcare Assistants
  • Social Workers

Our award-winning treatment centre for anorexia

Schoen Clinic Newbridge is an internationally renowned hospital for children and young people with eating disorders (8-25 years) in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham.

We understand that eating disorders have many, often complex, causes and that all young people need individualised assessment and care, provided by a number of highly skilled professional staff, working together.

We provide a range of continuous support for the families of the young people we treat, recognising how deeply it affects everyone involved. Families have a vital role in supporting treatment and lasting recovery.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and named Hospital of the Year 2021 at the LaingBuisson Awards, our hospital offers inpatient, daycare and outpatient services to young people experiencing anorexia - in a calm and welcoming environment.

We also featured in a recent BBC Three documentary highlighting the potential impact of social media influencers on young people with eating disorders, "Zara McDermott: Disordered Eating".

Patient testimonial - February 2023

"Yesterday was 2 years since I was discharged from Schoen Clinic Newbridge. The last two years exceeded my expectations in every singular respect due to the help of the nurses and healthcare staff at the hospital. I cannot help but praise the team at Schoen Clinic Newbridge for all the wonderful coping mechanisms and help they provided me.

Hopefully, to anyone reading who has considered receiving treatment or may be considering recovery, I hope that the fact I am sitting here living a substantial life on the other side of fear will give you the nudge to choose recovery.

I cannot thank every single member of staff, who simultaneously challenge all patients whilst remaining kind and reassuring.

Thank you."

A snippet of a typical day at Schoen Clinic Newbridge

Located in Sutton Coldfield, Schoen Clinic Newbridge provides highly specialised anorexia treatment for children, teens and young people. Our multidisciplinary team of eating disorder specialists have extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of children and teens with anorexia. Watch our video to get a sense of a typical day at Schoen Clinic Newbridge.

Get in touch with our team today to learn more.

Alternatively, get started with private treatment by completing our online pre-screening questionnaire at any time to suit you.

Ready to access highly specialised anorexia treatment in Birmingham?

Recovery from anorexia is possible and our caring team of eating disorder specialists in Birmingham are here to help.

Our multidisciplinary team of experts at Schoen Clinic Newbridge help you return to healthier eating habits using specialised one-to-one and group therapies, which can often reverse the serious complications caused by the eating disorder itself.

Schoen Clinic Newbridge welcomes NHS and privately funded patients for highly specialised eating disorder treatment. Call our caring team direct on +44 20 4579 2830 or contact us today.

To get started with private treatment, simply fill out our online pre-screening questionnaire any time to suit you. Click here.