The Phoenix Centre is a specialist in-patient and day-patient unit for the treatment of young people aged 13-18 years old suffering from complex eating disorders.

How this service can help you

The Phoenix Centre offers inpatient and day treatment programmes for young people with complex eating disorders whose needs cannot be met by generic child and adolescent mental health services or their community CAMHS or community specialist eating disorder service. The Phoenix Centre’s range of programmes and evidence-based treatment aims to help young people manage their illness better rather than allowing it to control them.

Through psycho education, motivational enhancement, family and individual therapy/counselling, The Phoenix Centre focuses on three strands of treatment:

  • Weight restoration, and dealing with associated behaviours
  • Help with recognising and countering the difficult thoughts and feelings that lead to their problems with eating. We also work with parents to help them better support the young person with eating and coping with their worries
  • Return to (or sometimes development of) aspects of normal life

Young people are offered a comprehensive range of individually tailored treatment programmes including:

  • Psychiatry
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Family support and family therapy
  • Support with eating
  • Education in the Phoenix Centre school
  • Planned leave

There is more information on the Phoenix website

Facilities available

The Phoenix Centre is one of only a few specialist adolescent eating disorder services in the UK. It is a friendly and homely environment, situated on the Ida Darwin Hospital at Fulbourn, a village about five miles south of Cambridge city centre in peaceful and pleasant surroundings.

We have 14 places in our in patient unit and two day places. We also benefit from having a  well-resourced Phoenix Centre school on site. Young people at all of our inpatient units are taught by the staff of the Pilgrim PRU which was rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted. Find out more about the rating here, and more about the school here.

We are open seven days a week throughout the year.

Visiting times for families and friends are Monday to Friday, 5.30pm-8.45pm, and weekends 10am-8.45pm. We will do our best to support visiting requests outside these times.

There is free car parking on the Ida Darwin site. We can refund transport costs for families who can provide evidence that they receive Income Support, Income Based Employment and Support Allowance, Income Based Job seeker's Allowance, Working Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit. Interpreters are available if needed.

How do I access this service?

The Phoenix Centre is a tertiary service. All referrals should be made by a CAMHS clinician. Under the new national Commissioning arrangements all young people meeting our admission criteria are eligible for referral/admission to the Phoenix Centre. More information about how to refer can be found below.



Where is it?

The Phoenix Centre, Block 18,  Ida Darwin, Fulbourn, Cambridge, CB21 5EE.

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Contact the service

Enquiries: 01223 534409

Who provides this service?

The Phoenix Centre is provided by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust’s Children's Division and is part of the Tier 4 acute care child and adolescent mental health pathway. Our multi-disciplinary team consists of highly specialised staff including a consultant psychiatrist, ward doctors, nurses, HCAs,  clinical psychologist, family therapist, dietitian, research assistant, head of patient and parent involvement,  teachers and the administrative and housekeeping teams.

Who is this service for?

The Phoenix Centre accepts referrals for all young people between 13 – 18 years old. We work flexibly with our sister unit The Croft Children’s Inpatient unit who treat eating disorders occurring in the under 13s in relation to children aged 12 to 13, choosing the most appropriate unit to meet their needs. Referrals are usually for young people suffering from anorexia nervosa but we also provide treatment for other eating disorders. Usually they have been unable to make progress with their illness whilst at home with the support of local community and out patient treatment.


The page was last updated on 15 March 2018 by pcouch.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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