About us
We provide children and young adults with immediate access to a multidisciplinary specialist eating disorder service.

Our vision is to improve the health of children and young adults by providing them with immediate access to an evidence-based multidisciplinary eating disorder service.

We provide immediate access to a multidisciplinary specialist eating disorder service

We work with patients, families and mental health professionals to provide immediate access to our outpatient services. We provide an holistic and accessible service to patients and their families to enable recovery in our clinic in Manchester City Centre. We can provide our approachable services to patients and families all over the North West.

We work together to achieve the best results for you or your loved one

We aim to increase the accessibility of eating disorder services and aid recovery by providing patients with immediate access to an evidence-based multidisciplinary team of mental health nurses, dietitians, psychologists, family therapists, medics, and other health professions. We improve the likelihood of you or your loved recovering from the eating disorder by providing patient-centred treatment from a passionate, approachable and knowledgeable team.

Our team of specialists are always there for you

We are a multidisciplinary team of mental health nurses, psychologists, dietitians and other health professionals that provide an holistic and evidence based therapy for you or your loved one to aid recovery. All of our professionals are trained and experienced in the field of eating disorders to ensure you are provided with the best treatment available. Our team are always on hand to help and support when others have turned you away. Find out more about our team.

How we work

To ensure we give our patients the best chance of recovery, our multidisciplinary team of professionals work closely with the eating disorder sufferer and their family (if appropriate) to input a seamless care plan. The needs of each child is complex, therefore treatment must be bespoke to the individual, holistic and results-focused. The mental health nurse will work as a partnership with you or your loved one to provide the best treatment for you.

We work to provide psychological, dietetic and family based therapy as led by a mental health nurse to ensure you or your loved one get the support they need. We provide patients with the best clinical expertise and treatments for their needs. Our therapy is evidence-based and focused on the needs of our our patients.

Assessment

We offer an initial assessment by a Registered Mental Health Nurse, who is trained and specialised in eating disorders. If our service is appropriate, we will likely arrange assessments with our dietitian and psychologist to create a bespoke package of intervention. The assessment is an opportunity for an in depth discussion with the young person and their parents/carers, covering the history of the eating disorder behaviour, physical health, family history and more.

The assessment will last approximately two hours. Within this time there will be an in depth discussion with both the young person and their parents/carers. It will cover history of the disordered eating, family history, physical health and much more.

It will also be an opportunity for you to ask any questions about the treatment and what to expect. It allows your care coordinator the chance to see what would be best route to take for the next few months of treatment.

Treatment

Our evidence-based treatment plans are bespoke and are made with your specific needs and goals in mind. Our programme is flexible and adaptable, and is completely results-focused. We are dedicated to working with each individual to create a treatment programme that they are happy with. Each patient will develop and review their treatment program with our care coordinator.

Training

At The Bridge we believe that through awareness, support and training to a young persons wider support network, an eating disorder could be identified and treated quicker. Our training services can help with:

  • Increasing early identification

  • Educating people and organisations in best practice for eating disorder management

  • Supporting recovery of an individual with history of an eating disorder

    Managing risk involved with individuals with eating disorders

Referral Criteria & Process

We accept all types of referral, including self-referral. We will provide you with immediate access to an assessment and discuss your individual needs for therapy input following this.

Qualifications

At The Bridge, our team are pioneers in the field and have extensive experience working with young people in the eating disorder sector. Our team are dedicated to delivering a multidisciplinary, holistic approach during treatment. Our team includes:

Mental Health Nurse, Care Coordinator
Our approachable team lead has years of experience within the mental health sector. They have worked in some of the largest inpatient eating disorder units across the U.K and applies their knowledge to a holistic, outpatient service so support is more accessible and help is available before the eating disorder can escalate.

Qualifications:
Mental Health Nursing, Bsc, University of Limerick
Eating disorder specific training, The Priory Hospital, Roehampton, London

Specialist Dietitian
Our committed Specialist Dietitian has experience in both the NHS and private sectors. They understand the complex needs of each individual and their family to provide patient centred care which is results-focused, evidence based and personable. They work with our care coordinator to ensure the patients are nutritionally complete to reduce the detrimental effects of malnutrition from eating disorders.

Qualifications:
Bsc Dietetics, University of Coleraine
Registered dietitian, HCPC
Registered dietitian, BDA

Dietetic Assistant
Our Dietetic Assistant, and a Dietetics MSc student, has nutrition and dietetics experience in both adult and paediatric care in schools, NHS and private sectors. By supporting the therapists in their roles, they can apply their knowledge to deliver a patient-centred service for eating disorder patients which is continually developing.

Counselling Psychologist
Our committed Counselling Psychologist has worked both in the NHS and private sector. They are passionate about working with young people and have gained a lot of experience applying psychological theories and interventions with young people struggling with cognitive, emotional, relational and mental health difficulties. They have expert therapy skills which contribute to treatment progress and recovery by successfully providing a safe and non-judgemental space to help help young people turn their life around.

Qualifications:
Psychology (Bsc): Manchester Metropolitan University
Clinical Psychology and Health Studies (Msc): Goldsmiths University
Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (PhD): The University of Manchester

Eating Disorder specific training at the The Priory, Cheadle
ASSIST Suicide Prevention Training at The University of Lancashire
Registered chartered psychologist, HCPC

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Last Updated: 20/03/2018
Age Groups: (0-15) (16-18) (19-25)

Up to 25

Fees: Yes

£180 assessment

Categories
Types of Support:
Face to face
Group/peer support
Outpatient
Specialisms:
Anorexia
Obesity
Self esteem
Binge eating disorder
Body dismorphia
Body image
Bulimia
Comorbidity (eating disorders and other mental health conditions)
Compulsive overeating
Emotional overeating
Nutrition and dietetics
OSFED - other specified feeding and eating disorders
Over exercising
Types of Service:
Private Practitioner
Types of Treatment:
Counselling
Nutrition
Dietetics
Other Psychotherapy
Family Therapy
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT)
Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
Focal Psychodynamic psychotherapy
Mentalisation based treatment (MBT)