We take time to understand the difficulties that you are facing in the context of your wider life experiences to help build a treatment plan that meets your needs

Assessment clinics are held at our base in Norwich. Once your referral has been received and processed we will contact you to book an appointment in one of our assessment slots. You will need to allow between 1.5 to 2 hours for the assessment. You are welcome to bring a friend or family member to the appointment, should you wish to do so. However, please note it is not appropriate to bring children to your appointments.

The assessment will involve you meeting a member of the team who will take you through a detailed interview to gather information about your eating patterns, any purging behaviour and your body image. We will also ask you questions about your current situation such as who you live with and what you do to occupy yourself. We will also ask about your background and any previous medical history. This information helps us get to know you better, understand the problem and consider suitable treatment options for you. This interview usually lasts about 90 minutes. You will be invited back to attend a follow up meeting a week later to discuss your diagnosis and treatment options. This discussion allows us to develop a treatment plan to meet your needs, so you leave the appointment knowing what the next step will be. Following your assessment feedback appointment we will summarise our discussions and plan in a letter. A copy of this letter will also be sent to those involved in your care (e.g. your GP), with your consent. If psychological treatment is recommended, you will be placed on the waiting list and will be allocated to one of our community therapists as soon as one becomes available.

We frequently have medical and psychology students sitting in on the assessment clinics. If you would prefer not to have a student present during your assessment, we would be grateful if you could advise us of this on your arrival.

The page was last updated on 28 November 2019 by natasha.legg.


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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