Eating Disorders

The Naomi Unit cares for women with an eating disorder including Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder and OSGED (Other Specific Feeding and Eating Disorder).

Our service

We offer a service for women with complex needs, primarily with an eating disorder. We specialise in treating people with more than one diagnosis which may include personality disorder (PD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and complex post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), offering all patients expert assessment and bespoke, outcome-focused treatment packages in a discrete, safe and therapeutic facility.

Our patients

  • Females aged 18 and over
  • Meet the diagnostic criteria for either Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa or Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified
  • Has a Care Coordinator from the Community Mental Health Team.
  • Informal and formal status
  • Absence of psychotic disorders
  • Absence of moderate to severe learning disability

Our Approach: “Pathways to Recovery”

Our approach, developed by the team on Naomi Unit, uses a recovery focused pathway model made up of three stages:

  • Medical stabilisation - the focus of this stage is on restoration of physical health.
  • Gaining skills - the focus of this stage is to understand the patient’s problems and develop new skills that aid recovery. Therapy sessions, groups and other individual interventions will help the patient to achieve this.
  • Transferring skills - The focus of this stage is to transfer those skills a patient has learnt during their admission to outside of the hospital environment, such as home and local community.

The pathways model has been designed to allow patients to work collaboratively with the team and be active in decision making in their own care, enabling them to set goals, plan, and evaluate their progression through recovery to independent living.

We also recognise that much of a patient’s recovery will take place within their own community setting and as such liaise with specialist local care services throughout the patient’s stay and afterwards to seamlessly plan their discharge and onward care.

Our treatments

Therapy programmes are tailor-made for each individual to feature a bespoke combination of individual treatment, group therapy and family support, including:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy(CBT). Using a CBT model, we help the patient develop an understanding of the underlying and maintaining factors to their presenting problems. Through this process we equip the person with skills to promote independent living.
  • We stabilise the patients eating disorder or other symptoms.
  • We reverse life threatening behavior.
  • We increase people’s engagement with their local team.
  • A full MDT formulation of the presenting difficulties is developed.
  • We equip the patient with coping strategies to increase independence.
  • We involve the patient in their care and planning for recovery.

Our outcomes

We, at Schoen Clinic, are internationally renowned for our award winning approach to outcome measurement. We rigorously collect, measure and analyse patient outcome data to drive the continuous improvement of our care and services. Our aim is to give every patient the prospect of a better quality of life including:

  • Improved quality of life
  • Reduction in eating disorder symptoms
  • Improved mood
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Reduced Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
  • Reduced Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Reduction in dissociation
  • Reduction in self harm

Your referral

Patients need to be referred to the service by a healthcare professional. For patients not currently working with a health professional, we would recommend you visit your GP who is the person best positioned to help you get support.

Meet our specialists

Our team of expert consultant psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, therapists, dieticians and specialist nurses work together as a multi-disciplinary team for the benefit of every patient.
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