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

Our hospital in Birmingham provides round-the-clock inpatient care for children with eating disorders.

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What is inpatient treatment?

Choosing inpatient treatment marks a pivotal step towards comprehensive support on the journey to recovery. This form of care at Schoen Clinic Newbridge offers intensive assistance tailored to the specific needs of children and teens with eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia, facilitating healing, recovery and growth.


By staying with us for inpatient anorexia, bulimia or OSFED treatment, children can distance themselves from triggers and negative influences, allowing dedicated focus on their recovery and overall wellbeing. Inpatient treatment provides a supportive sanctuary where children, adolescents and teens can prioritise self-care and recovery.


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.

Our leading private inpatient hospital for eating disorders in Birmingham

We understand that every individual is unique and a variety of events might trigger the development of an eating disorder in a young person. Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosabulimia 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.


Eating disorders are a type of coping mechanism whereby sufferers utilise their control over food to manage difficult emotions and other situations. The attitudes and behaviours associated with eating disorders lead to compulsions that dictate day-to-day activities. Unhealthy habits include overeating, undereating, overexercising, and obsessively worrying about your weight or body type.


By determining the underlying causes and different contributing factors that may have exacerbated the problem, our specialists help children and teenagers receiving inpatient eating disorder treatment to recover from anorexia, bulimia and OSFED.


This is accomplished by using an integrated therapy strategy that acknowledges the importance of family support and takes our patients' physical and psychological needs into account. Our specialists use the most innovative treatments available to help overcome eating disorders including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which is widely recognised as an effective treatment for bulimia.

Specialised inpatient treatment for children and teens with eating disorders is a critical component of their care. Inpatient or residential treatment involves admission to our hospital and provides round-the-clock care by our caring multidisciplinary team of child eating disorder specialists, 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.

What types of eating disorders in children can be treated with inpatient care?

Anorexia - a disorder when people avoid food, restrict food severely, or consume small amounts of only specific foods. They might also keep weighing themselves. They may perceive themselves as overweight even when they are dangerously underweight and attempt to lose weight through excessive exercise, inadequate nutrition, or a combination of the two.


Bulimia - a disorder where individuals have persistent and regular episodes of eating excessive amounts of food while also feeling unable to control these episodes. Following a binge eating episode, people may engage in compensatory behaviours such as fasting, excessive laxative or diuretic use, forced vomiting, excessive exercise, or a combination of these.


Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorders (OSFED) - according to leading eating disorders charity, BEAT, this is the most prevalent eating disorder. It includes all individuals whose symptoms are outside the normal range for any specific eating disorder.


At our internationally renowned eating disorders hospital for young people in Birmingham, we also treat other forms of disordered eating that present in a number of ways.

What to expect from highly specialised inpatient or residential eating disorder treatment at Schoen Clinic Newbridge

The inpatient treatment we provide is personalised to each child or teen and their unique eating disorder. One-to-one, family, and group therapy sessions are available for children, teens and young people receiving inpatient anorexia, bulimia or OSFED treatment.


The following may be a part of our specialised residential treatment for eating disorders:

  • Psychotherapy, occupational therapy and psychology

  • Specialist mealtime support and dietetics

  • One-to-one therapy

  • Group therapy

  • Family therapy


Chances of recovery are improved if you seek treatment for an eating disorder as soon as possible. According to research, early intervention (seeking therapy during the first three years of developing the disorder) can improve the efficacy of treating eating disorders.


Eating disorders thrive in isolation, therefore it's critical that you express your worries and seek support if you are concerned that you or a friend or loved one may be developing an eating disorder.

Long and short-term residential eating disorder treatment for children and teens with anorexia, bulimia or OSFED

At Schoen Clinic Newbridge, we provide compassionate and comprehensive eating disorder treatment tailored to children, teens, and young people. Our specialised residential and inpatient programmes are designed to address the unique needs of these age groups, offering them a path towards lasting recovery.

Our inpatient / residential programme for children and teenagers with anorexia, bulimia or OSFED offers a nurturing and structured environment where they can focus on their recovery.


With a multidisciplinary team of experienced clinicians, we provide individualised care, therapy sessions, nutritional support, and a safe space to address the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects of eating disorders.

Our inpatient eating disorder treatment for children offers round-the-clock support in a secure and therapeutic setting. Our skilled team is dedicated to creating a positive atmosphere where children and teens can begin their recovery process.


Whether your child or teen requires longer-term residential eating disorder treatment or a private short-stay, our goal is the same: to empower them with the tools and strategies needed to overcome eating disorders. Our multidisciplinary approach combines evidence-based therapies, medical expertise, nutritional guidance, and family involvement to ensure a holistic recovery experience.

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 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

Referral process for inpatient eating disorder treatment

Referrals will be accepted from:

  • GPs

  • Independent psychiatrists/psychologists/CAMHS professionals


Upon 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.


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.

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 who 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.

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To find out more about

inpatient eating disorder treatment call our team:

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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.

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