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The Eating Disorder Young People’s Service (EDYs) started in April 2016 and provides treatment to children and young people with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS) and Binge Eating Disorder in Liverpool and Sefton. This dedicated Community-based service provides a timely access to multi-disciplinary assessment and intervention to children and young-people from across Liverpool and Sefton up to the age of 18.
The team is made up of; Service Lead, 1 Consultant Psychiatrist, 1 Consultant Paediatrician, 1 Clinical Psychologist working alongside an array of staff including dieticians, nurses, therapist and a support worker. Outpatient’s appointments will be held at Fresh CAMHS in Alder Hey or Burlington House, Waterloo. We will always try and arrange your appointment at the most convenient location for you.
The EDYs team is a multi-disciplinary team which means we have a variety of different staff to help meet the needs of those referred to our service, providing care such as; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in Individual Assessment, Dietetic input and meal planning, Physical Reviews, Family Therapy, Family Based Treatment (FBT) and Home/Community Visits if necessary.
Our team is closely linked with other Eating Disorder and Mental Health service throughout the North West, such as Young People’s Advisory Service (YPAS), Cheshire Eating Disorder Service (CHEDs). We work closely with the Mersey Care Eating Disorder Service, for when patients are approaching 18 years of age and need transitioning into an adult service. We provide an overlap in care to ensure a seamless transition between services with support until you have started treatment with Mersey Care.
There is a number of difference clinicians involved in our team:
Clinical Lead & Clinical Psychologist – Dr Vivienne Crosbie
Consultant Psychiatrist – Dr Nadia Ranceva
Consultant Paediatrician – Dr Francine Verhoeff
Dieticians – Sharon Becker & Adele Lloyd
Clinical Psychologist – Rob Woodhouse
Mental Health Practitioner – TBC
Nurse Practitioner – Emily Conway
Assistant Psychologist – Hannah Shaw
Support Worker – Charlene James
Specialist Systemic Family Therapist – Denise Swift
Family Therapist – TBC
Locality Manager – Kate Walker
Operational Manager – Jo Morgan
Administrator – TBC
Consultant Psychiatrist – The consultant Psychiatrist is responsible for periodic reviews of each case, as well as prescribing medication and reviewing patient’s medication. Our consultant Psychiatrist is also our clinical lead for the service. The Consultant is also responsible for overseeing and delivering evidence based treatment strategies for children and young persons (CYP) presenting with eating disorders. The role also includes delivering an adapted version of specialist supported clinical monitoring with a view to preventing inpatient admissions and supporting CYP to achieve meaningful physical and psychological recoveries in the community.
Consultant Paediatrician – The consultant Paediatrician is responsible for the physical health during your treatment with the Eating Disorder service. Providing consultations at regular intervals, the Paediatrician is responsible for making sure you are physically well during your treatment.
Clinical Psychologist – Our Clinical Psychologist tends to use therapy rather than medication and is responsible for overseeing the different therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
Dietician – The team’s dietician is responsible for providing dietetic input for patients in the Eating Disorder service. The dietician can also create meal plans, tailored to your needs, to ensure you are getting the correct nutrition. The dietician can also provide education around nutrition and calories.
Nurse Practitioner – The Nurse Practitioner provides a vital link between the Mental Health aspect and the Paediatric input within the service. The Nurse assists in assessments with other clinical staff, and also engages in individual work and provides Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
Assistant Psychologist – the assistant psychologist provides low level intervention, including self-help work and work around body image. The assistant psychologist will also be responsible for the distribution, collection and input of the Routine Outcome Measures (ROMS) which you will be asked to complete at various points of your treatment.
Support Worker – Responsible for collecting additional information for new referrals received by the service. Also supports in appointments for other clinical staff, including Family Therapy, Nurse Consultations and Psychiatry appointments. The support worker will also be available for Home Visits, if deemed clinically necessary.
Systemic Family Therapist / Family Therapist – the Systemic Family Therapist provides therapy that involves the entire family setting.
Administrator – The administrator’s role includes receiving all referrals, contacting patients for appointments, typing clinical letters and liaising with other services when appropriate.
Locality Support Manager - The Locality Support Manager (LSM) is responsible for being a ‘link’ between the managers of the EDYS team and the administrators. They provide first line support to the administrator in any issues they may have and manage tasks such as Waiting Times for our service.
To contact the CAMHS Crisis Care Team, click here.
Eating Disorder Young People’s Service
Alder Hey – Retained Estate
0151 282 4911
0151 293 3698
EDYS@alderhey.nhs.uk (The service can be contacted any time between 8-5, Monday to Friday). Please be aware this is a non-urgent mailbox.
Can be made by contacting the Single Point of Access Team (SPA) on 0151 293 3662.
GP Referrals can be accessed through EMIS, please be aware that we do not currently operate on Choose and Book. Alternatively professionals can download the referral form here.
Please fax to 0151 293 3698/email to EDYS@alderhey.nhs.uk
Referral triage process
Once a referral is received, this will be reviewed by the clinical team and triaged as appropriate. We aim to see all urgent cases within 1 week of referral and routine cases within 4 weeks of the date of referral if accepted.
If you have any queries, please contact our Administrator on the above number, who will then deal with and redirect the call as appropriate.
If you are concerned about a young person, please contact our Crisis Care Team who operate between 8AM-8PM Monday to Friday and 10AM – 4PM Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays, on 0151 293 3577.
Alder Hey Children's Charity