Inpatient eating disorder treatment for children and young people (aged 8-18)

Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and OSFED are complex mental health conditions that can cause significant physical and psychological impairment in affected individuals. Eating disorders often begin during childhood or adolescence, and it is crucial to address these conditions as early as possible to increase the chances of full recovery.

Specialised inpatient treatment for children and young people with eating disorders is a critical component of their care. Inpatient treatment involves admission to a hospital or residential facility that provides round-the-clock care by a team of healthcare professionals, including physicians, psychologists, dietitians, and nurses.

Our specialists at Schoen Clinic Newbridge offer highly specialised inpatient treatment for children and young people with eating disorders.

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


Leading private inpatient hospital for eating disorders in Birmingham

The primary goal of inpatient eating disorder treatment is to stabilise the medical and psychiatric condition of the patient. Patients with severe eating disorders may suffer from malnutrition, electrolyte imbalances, organ failure, and other serious medical complications. Therefore, the initial focus of inpatient treatment is on addressing these medical issues.

Once medical stabilisation has been achieved, the focus of treatment shifts towards addressing the underlying psychological issues that contribute to the eating disorder. A multidisciplinary team approach is utilised, which incorporates various evidence-based therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), family-based therapy (FBT), and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT).

Our private inpatient eating disorder programme at Schoen Clinic Newbridge is available to children and young people aged 8-18, regardless of gender or orientation, experiencing disordered eating.

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

Referral process for inpatient eating disorder treatment

Referrals will be accepted from:

  • GPs
  • Independent psychiatrists/psychologists/CAMHS professionals

On receipt of the referral for inpatient treatment, our Referrals Co-ordinator will contact the referrer to provide information on assessment and treatment options and clarify the funding pathway.

If the enquiry comes from the patient’s family, the family will be asked to seek a GP referral and consent for ongoing liaison with the GP during treatment.

All inpatient referrals will be clinically discussed and assessed with the Clinical Manager.

Inclusion criteria

  • Male/Female/Transgender
  • Age range: 8-18

Experiencing one of the following conditions:

If the diagnosis is unclear or not specified, an assessment with a Consultant Psychiatrist should be considered.


Inpatient eating disorder treatment assessments in Birmingham

Schoen Clinic Newbridge offers bespoke, individualised packages of care for inpatient or residential patients and treatment starts with an assessment with a Schoen Clinic Newbridge eating disorders specialist. 

An assessment with a Consultant Psychiatrist can be arranged if the diagnosis is unclear or there is a requirement for medical oversight.

All patients coming into residential eating disorder services will have a full assessment (including a risk assessment), formulation and treatment plan completed prior to starting treatment and goals/expectations regarding weight will clear.

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

The assessment includes finding out what treatment the client has had prior to the assessment and what support is currently available to them.  If the client is already in contact with a community eating disorders service, the Schoen Clinic specialist will liaise with them and joint working can be offered as part of the package of care. In this case, the initial care plan will specify whether medical responsibility will rest with the GP, the community psychiatrist or a Schoen Clinic psychiatrist.

The specialist ED clinician will discuss and agree the treatment plan with the Clinical Manager/Pathway Lead and inpatient team before the treatment package is discussed with the client.

An inpatient assessment form will be completed, together with a risk assessment and an agreement to treatment/treatment plan.

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

What therapies and treatments will be offered at our inpatient eating disorders hospital?

Our award-winning team of eating disorder specialists at Schoen Clinic Newbridge work as a multidisciplinary team to provide holistic treatment for a variety of eating disorders.

They also work closely with GPs and community CAMHS teams to ensure patients receive the highest level of care throughout treatment.

Supportive additional interventions

Available if a CAMHS team is also involved.
CAMHS team holds medical responsibility.

  • Liaison with CAMHS care coordinator
  • Dietetic consultation for individual/family or the CAMHS team
  • Therapy plus dietetics
  • Programme for parents
  • Practical Body Image
Therapy +/- dietetics
  • GP holds medical responsibility
  • Psychiatric consultation is available for any patients that are seeing the therapy team
Schoen Clinic Newbridge inpatient package

Schoen Clinic Newbridge holds medical responsibility.

Patients for whom Schoen Clinic Newbridge has medical responsibility will have a MEED physical risk assessment carried out by a Consultant Psychiatrist at assessment.

  • Specialist nursing interventions and physical health monitoring
  • Medication reviews should be carried out by the Consultant Psychiatrist

Individual & family therapy

  • FT-AN/CBT-E/AFP for adolescents
  • MANTRA for adults


  • Assessment and ongoing consultation

Additional element to support above package:

  • Programme for Parents/PBI can be offered if recommended by therapist.
"I cannot thank the team enough."

Patient testimonial

"When I first arrived at Schoen Clinic Newbridge I felt I was completely lost and all hope was gone, however, throughout the months of my admission - even from conversations with healthcare assistants (like Ellease ) I was able to grasp the smallest shred of hope and carry myself through.

Hopefully, to anyone reading this who has considered receiving treatment here or maybe 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 the team enough, who simultaneously challenge all patients whilst remaining kind and reassuring.

Thank you."

- 5* Google review from a former inpatient at Schoen Clinic Newbridge


How highly specialised inpatient treatment for eating disorders helps children and young people

In addition to therapy, nutritional counselling is a critical part of inpatient treatment. Dietitians work closely with patients to create meal plans that meet their nutritional needs while addressing the challenges associated with their eating disorders. Nutritional counselling can help patients develop a healthier relationship with food and their bodies.

  • CBT is a psychotherapeutic approach that aims to change negative thoughts and behaviours associated with the eating disorder. It involves identifying negative thoughts and beliefs and replacing them with positive ones. CBT can help patients develop healthy coping mechanisms to deal with stress and other triggers that may contribute to their eating disorder.
  • FBT is a family-based approach that involves working collaboratively with the patient's family to address the underlying issues contributing to the eating disorder. The emphasis is on empowering parents to provide support and structure for their child to help them recover from their eating disorder.
  • DBT is a comprehensive treatment approach that combines individual therapy, group therapy, and skills training to help patients manage their emotions and develop coping strategies. DBT can help patients regulate their emotions, reduce impulsivity, and improve their interpersonal relationships.

Another essential component of inpatient treatment is aftercare planning. After discharge, patients may continue treatment on a dyacare basis if suitable, and regular follow-up appointments are vital to ensure that patients maintain progress in their recovery.

Inpatient treatment focuses on medical stabilisation, psychological therapy, nutritional counselling, and aftercare planning. The goal is to help patients achieve a full recovery and live a healthy, fulfilling life.

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

A snippet of a typical day at our award-winning and CQC Outstanding-rated hospital, Schoen Clinic Newbridge

Located in Sutton Coldfield, Schoen Clinic Newbridge provides highly specialised inpatient and daycare treatments for children, teens and young people with eating disorders. Watch our video to get a sense of a typical day at Schoen Clinic Newbridge.

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