About us

Leicestershire Adult Eating Disorder Service is part of Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust. The Trust provides a range of mental health, community health and learning disabilities services to over 1 million people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

The eating disorder service offers both outpatient and inpatient care, which is staffed by a number of different health professionals - psychiatrists, specialist nurses, clinical psychologists, psychotherapists, occupational therapists, administrative staff, researchers and a dietician.

Our clinicians are trained in a range of therapies including dynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).

Nearly all the people we help - more than 90% of them - are seen as outpatients. For patients presenting with features of bulimia nervosa and other bulimic disorders, we offer brief, time-limited therapies in line with NICE guidance. These therapies tend to be Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) or Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT). People with difficulties associated with anorexia nervosa or disorders with anorexic type symptoms may be offered longer-term outpatient treatment in the form of CBT or psychodynamically informed therapy.

Only a small number of people with anorexia nervosa need hospital treatment. This is provided on Langley Ward which is a regional unit that offers inpatient treatment for people across the East Midlands who have anorexia nervosa and other related problems. Langley Ward was recently accredited as excellent by the Royal College of Psychiatrists ‘Accreditation for Inpatient Mental Health Services’ (AIMS) programme.

Prior to admission patients and their carers are given the opportunity to visit the unit and to meet with staff to find out what treatment involves and to  ask any questions that they might have.  

The treatment programmes we offer are divided into different phases. These support people to enable them to manage their weight and eating in an independent and healthy way as they gradually gain weight. Before people are discharged they will be given help to work on a plan to prevent them from becoming ill in future and to ensure that they are supported once they return home.