a nurse and patient talking about anorexia nervosa Our teams offer the following services:

  • Support for children and young people in Derby and southern Derbyshire with eating disorders – for more information, visit our CAMHS section
  • Support for adults (18 years and older) across Derbyshire who are registered with a Derbyshire GP that falls within the Joined Up Care Derbyshire area – for more information, read on.

Adult eating disorders service

Our eating disorder service cares for adults with severe eating disorders living in Derby city and Derbyshire county. The service offers treatment to individuals with anorexia nervosa with a body mass index (BMI) of 16.9 and under. In some circumstances we also see people who present with physical health issues, for example diabetes or Crohn’s disease, at higher BMIs, and severe bulimia with physical health risks or those who are rapidly losing weight.

We may act in an advisory or consultative capacity with mainstream mental health services and primary care teams to support service users with eating disorders such as bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa and binge eating disorders. 

The team is based at Unity Mill in Belper. However in order to make the service as accessible as possible to the communities we serve, team members may travel to healthcare settings across the city and county. 

We are a multidisciplinary team comprising psychologists, consultant psychiatry, CBT therapy, occupational therapy, specialist dieticians and nurse therapist.

Where appropriate we will facilitate and monitor admissions to specialist inpatient units and regularly liaise with commissioners to ensure admissions are timely and appropriate. We also work with the gastroenterology teams at both the Royal Derby Hospital and Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

Find out more about eating disorders, the causes and how they affect people on the NHS website.

Working in partnership with First Steps 

Our Eating Disorders service works closely with First Steps Derbyshire to provide targeted intensive practical support in the community to enable service users to receive a specialist eating disorders pathway to progress towards recovery.

This joint service provides home and community supportive interventions from a variety of options agreed by the care co-ordinator as part of the Care Programme Approach (CPA) process, which may include: social activities, for example going to the cinema or for a walk, confidence building (around your needs), food shopping, preparing meals, eating at home or in public, volunteering and support to get back into work and/or education.

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We accept referrals for people over the age of 18 from GPs, secondary mental health services and other organisations. A referral form should be completed and returned to us by email to dhcft.eatingdisordersservice@nhs.net or post to address below.


Unity Mill
Derwent Street
DE56 1WN

Telephone: 01773 881467