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At Sussex partnership, we want to ensure that when our service users come to us for treatment, we can set them on the path to recovery as soon as possible. However, as the need for our service increases, we find that our sites need to expand to ensure we can deliver beneficial care.

Across our sites, we have found that Specialist eating disorder services and associated services have been experiencing an unprecedented increase in demand during the pandemic, on top of high pre-Covid demand and capacity challenges. In addition, more young people face eating disorders at a later time and often with more acute needs. This increase in demand and high level of need has led to a significant increase in admissions to our paediatrics and Specialist Eating Disorder Units. That's why we are proud to launch our new Spring Tide Eating Disorder Day Service.

The Spring Tide Eating Disorder Day Service based in our Aldrington House site is launching in Brighton&Hove next month (October 2022). The Service will focus on young people aged 11-18 who are already known to specialist CAMHS with a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa. The new Service will offer education, groups, individual therapy and meal support for up to 10 young people at a time, as well as support for their families. Led by our fantastic multi-disciplinary team, they will help provide our service users flexibility and the opportunity for their families to join us for a meal in the evening as part of their care plan. The programme at the new Service will run for 14 weeks around term times including two half terms, with a four-week programme offered over the summer holidays.

Introducing this new Service will help provide an integrated care pathway, along with helping us progress our aim of reducing and avoiding hospital admissions when possible whilst treating young people and families closer to home.


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