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My GP has referred me, what happens next?

Our clinical team will review the referral and if we feel an assessment with our Team is appropriate, we will write to you asking you to contact us to arrange a time/date to suit you to attend for assessment.  We will then confirm this appointment in writing and ask you to complete some information.  We arrange assessments as soon as we can, so you will hear from us shortly after we receive the referral.

What will be involved in treatment?

This will be decided after your initial assessment.  The assessing clinician will outline options in your assessment.  A summary of your assessment will then be taken to our Clinical Team Meeting for review and agreement of recommendations.  The assessing clinician will then contact you to advise you of our recommendations.  These might involve: guided self-help, individual Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, dietary advice, other psychological therapies, monitoring with your GP or a member of our team.  You may be involved with several members of the team for these different types of work.

Do I have to be weighed as part of treatment?

It is helpful for us to keep track of our patients’ weight, so we do recommend that you are weighed regularly throughout treatment.  Depending on where you are in your treatment, this can be done by a member of our team or by your GP.  This is something that will be discussed with you at the start of your treatment.

How long will I be able to access support for?

There is no specific time limit on treatment; everyone has individual treatments plans and their own treatment goals.  After your initial assessment, we will make recommendations for treatment and we may specify a number of sessions, but this will be reviewed regularly.  It may also be that you require different levels or types of help and support throughout your treatment.

If I have childcare problems can I bring my child to a session as a one off?

It is best if you discuss this with the team member that you are seeing, as different sessions may involve different things and this may not be appropriate.  We would also not recommend that you bring children to your initial assessment.  If you are having trouble arranging childcare to fit around appointments, then please contact us and we can try to arrange alternative appointments.

I am concerned about a family member/ friend; what can I do?

The first point of contact would be their GP, who can refer them to our service or contact us for advice. Alternatively, if they are already involved with a local Community Mental Health Team, their care co-ordinator can write a referral to us.

Last updated: 17 August, 2017