Who are we?

We provide support and treatment to people aged 16 and over who have a moderate or severe eating disorder, such as anorexia or bulimia.

We work closely with South Yorkshire Eating Disorders Association who deal with mild to moderate eating disorders in the city, and the Sheffield Eating Disorders Assessment and Treatment Team who support people aged 16 and under.

If you are struggling with what you think might be an eating disorder this page has information to help you find the support and advice you need.

We also provide support to families and carers of people who are referred to us with an eating disorder. If you would like to speak to someone in the team please do not hesitate to call us. 

In the near future eating disorder services in Sheffield will be changing. Services will be coming together to form a single pathway for people of all ages.

What do we do?

When you’re first referred to our service we’ll meet with you to do an assessment of your current situation.

We understand how big a step it is to ask for help with an eating disorder. Our team of experts are here to listen and support you to make the brave changes you need to recover.

During your assessment we’ll talk about your eating patterns and examine your physical health. From there we’ll discuss the treatment options available to you.

That may include First-Line Talking Treatments that are provided in line with NICE Guidelines.

Our team is made up from a range of specialists, including occupational therapists, dietitians, psychologists, psychiatrists, specialist nurses and therapist. Different areas of expertise may be required at different stages of your recovery journey.

For those requiring more intensive support, our Day Service Programme runs three days a week and includes a range of therapeutic groups and supported meals and snacks to support recovery.

How is the service accessed?

We accept referrals from professionals for people aged 16 and above from GPs, secondary mental health services and South Yorkshire Eating Disorders Association.

Professionals making a referral must complete a referral form and return by email to sheffieldccg.asert@nhs.net

For young people aged 16 to 17 we do accept self-referrals. These need to be made by filling in this referral form and return it by email to sheffieldccg.asert@nhs.net

You can take a look at our service eligibility and selection criteria by clicking here.

Your first appointment

Before you meet us for your first appointment there are a few things you can do to speed up the process.

The first thing you need to do is fill in the questionnaires that we’ll send you with your appointment letter, and sign the forms that accompany it.

One of these forms will be a consent form where you can choose to sign up to text message reminders for your future appointments.

Make sure you bring all of these forms with you to your first appointment.

Have you downloaded the app?

We encourage all of our service users to download the ‘Recovery Record’ app and start using it before your first appointment.

It’s a free app that you can use to keep a record of your current eating and any distressing thoughts that you may be experiencing.

You can download the app on the Google Play Store or on Apple App Store where it is listed as ‘RR Eating Disorder Management’.

How to get here

If you’re driving to your appointment we have limited parking on site so leave plenty of time before your appointment to find a space.

If you’re getting the bus the number 95 bus stops right outside the building.

You can also get the tram to the Western Park stop and walk up the hill, it should take you about 10 minutes.

Worried about your appointment?

We completely understand how daunting it must be coming to your first appointment, but please don’t worry, we are here to help.

If you would like to talk to one of the team before your appointment to ask any questions that will help put your mind at ease just give us a call on 0114 271 6938.

Your feedback

Sharing your feedback about the care you have received is really important to help us know when we've got things right, and where we need to make improvements.

Lots of our service users have given feedback on the care they have received from the Eating Disorder Service.

You might find it useful to take a look through some of the feedback before starting your treatment with us to help put your mind at ease.

To find out more click here

Other sources of help and support

If you are waiting for an appointment and you would like further support while waiting you may find it useful to look at the information available on the South Yorkshire Eating Disorders Association and Beating Eating Disorders websites. 

We would advise you to keep in contact with your GP, and if your physical health deteriorates please call 111 or in an emergency go to Accident and Emergency at the Northern General Hospital. 

If you are in a mental health crisis please call our Single Point of Access team on freephone 0808 196 8281.

Useful resources

Below are some resources that you may find useful while waiting for an appointment. These resources can be used to help explain some of the difficulties you or someone you know are experiencing.

We understand that recovery is a scary, confusing and complicated journey, and these resources are not intended to replace any professional treatment for an eating disorder. However, they can be used to in the interim to help you identify and understand the issues you are struggling with and start your recovery journey.

Useful books

  • Anorexics on Anorexia (Rosemary Shelley)
  • Anorexia and other Eating Disorders: how to help your child eat well and be well (Eva Musby)
  • Conquering Anorexia: The Route to Recovery (Clare Lindsay)
  • Little Steps: Surviving Anorexia & Bulimia Nervosa (Katharine Wealthall)
  • Eating Disorders: The Facts (Suzanne Abraham)
  • Eating Disorders: The Path to Recovery (Kate Middleton)
  • Feeling Good About the Way You Look (Sabine Wilhelm)
  • Feel the fear and do it anyway (Susan Jeffers)
  • Getting Better Bit by Bit: Survival Kit for Sufferers of Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorders (Ulrike Schmidt)
  • Overcoming Bulimia Nervosa and Binge-Eating: A self-help guide using cognitive behavioural techniques (Prof Peter Cooper)
  • Overcoming Anorexia Nervosa (Patricia Graham and Dr Christopher Freeman)
  • Living with Your Body and Other Things You Hate: How to Let Go of Your Struggle with Body Image Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Emily Sandoz and Troy DuFrene)

Useful websites

  • Beat (eating disorder charity with free helplines and chatrooms)
  • Anorexia family (free resources for parents of a child/teen with an eating disorder)
  • The Centre for Clinical Interventions (free resources and information on various difficulties including disordered eating and body dysmorphia)
  • Recovery record (free app where you can track your eating patterns in a recovery focused way and reflect on your journey)

Break Free from ED workbooks

Colleagues at the Clinical Centre for Interventions have produced a series of useful free to download workbooks which can be helpful in supporting those with eating disorders to start making recovery steps.

You can access these here.

Sharing your feedback on Care Opinion

Care Opinion is an independent organisation that gives you the chance share your experience of using our services, to help us make changes that benefit everyone.

We want you to share honest feedback about our services. Good or bad we want to hear what you think.

You can choose how much detail you want to go into about your personal story, but if there’s anything we could improve on we want to know.

You can give feedback by filling in the form below.