Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
Information for young people
The Eating Disorders Team includes people with a range of different jobs.
This means that we can provide different perspectives on the eating disorder and a range of ways of helping you and your family.
However, all clinicians in the team are trained to work with you as an individual and with your family all together (which is our main treatment approach) and may be involved in monitoring your physical health. We also discuss patients together as a team so that you will have the benefit of different ideas on how to help.
Each family may have two or three key workers allocated to them in their care team. These may be a combination of the following.
We regularly have trainees and students attached to our team who are supervised closely by qualified members of the team.
Our nurses are trained in mental and physical health in children and young people and have a key role in assessing and treating young people with eating disorders.
They may be involved in physical assessment as well as working with your family as a whole or seeing you for individual therapy using evidenced based therapies.
They will listen to your concerns and work collaboratively with you to help you in your journey towards recovery.
Clinical Psychologists use their training to help you understand what is contributing to the problem, what keeps it going and what could be done differently.
This means that in sessions they will want to find out more about you — your health, your day to day life and your feelings (for example, worries).
They are interested in what you and others in your family may think about what is happening. Clinical Psychologists are also trained to provide treatment for other difficulties, such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder.
We also regularly have Trainee Clinical Psychologists working with the team and assistant psychologists who are not qualified as psychologists but assist the work of the clinical psychologists.
Our dietitian is trained in nutrition and provides advice to the family and the team on nutritional aspects of recovery and what food is necessary to help you to be healthy.
They are experienced in working with your family to ensure a balanced diet which fits with your family lifestyle to ensure normal adolescent growth and development and nutrients to keep you physically & mentally healthy.
Our family therapist aims to help families work together towards the goals they identify for themselves – this usually means finding new ways of working together, identifying strengths and thinking about communication and relationships. They may also see your parents on their own.
Child and adolescent psychiatrists are medical doctors who have done additional training as a psychiatrist and are able to assess and treat mental health difficulties, as well as considering physical health and how this impacts on mental health. They may need to assess your physical health, such as monitoring your blood pressure or arranging blood tests for you.
They can also help if you have other mental health difficulties, such as depression, alongside those to do with food or eating. They may see you on your own or with your family, using evidenced based therapies.
We also have Junior Doctors and Senior Trainees in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry working with us.
If there are significant concerns about your physical health, you may see a paediatrician who will enquire about your physical health and may examine you physically to determine your level of health and whether any further investigations or specific treatment are needed.
Our admin team are a vital part of our service, helping to keep the systems functioning effectively. They may ring you to set up an appointment or be a friendly voice when you call the service.
Teaching is an important part of our role in Oxford Health so there are likely to be students of all disciplines attached to our team and attending clinics. This includes medical students, nursing, dietetic and social work students. If you would prefer not to have students involved, please let your team know.
Last updated: 11 March, 2019