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Eating Disorders Service for Adults

The Leicestershire Adult Eating Disorders Service has moved to a fully re-furbished modern building on the Glenfield Hospital site.  The outpatient and day programme service are situated in Forest Grange and the inpatient service has moved to Langley Ward, both of which are based in the Bennion Centre.  The current accommodation has greatly enhanced the environment and facilities available for patients including access to outside garden space and dedicated day care facilities.

Contact details:

Leicester Adult Eating Disorders Service
The Bennion Centre 
Glenfield Hospital
Groby Road

Outpatient service telephone numbers: 0116 225 2557 / 225 2562

Langley Ward telephone numbers:0116 295 1474 / 295 1511

What Does Our Service Do?

Our service helps adults aged 18 or over who have eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and other diagnosable eating disorders. We offer an outpatient service for patients from Leicestershire and Rutland, and a regional inpatient service which serves the surrounding counties within the East Midlands region. Our service works in accordance with national guidance for the management of eating disorders set out by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE).

How Does Our Service Work?

We have an out-patient and an in-patient service, which is staffed by a number of different health professionals - psychiatrists, specialist nurses, clinical psychologists, psychotherapists, occupational therapists, administrative staff, researchers and a dietician.
Our clinicians are trained in a range of therapies including dynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural psychotherapy (CBT), interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), t, motivational enhancement therapy, and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). We have a well-established system of clinical supervision. The head of the service is Pamela Marshall.

Outpatient Service

Nearly all the people we help - more than 90% of them - are seen as outpatients. For patients presenting with features of bulimia nervosa and other bulimic disorders, we offer brief, time-limited therapies in line with NICE guidance. These therapies tend to be Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) or Interpersonal Therapy (IPT). People with difficulties associated with anorexia nervosa or disorders with anorexic type symptoms may be offered longer-term outpatient treatment in the form of CBT or psychodynamically informed therapy.

Inpatient Services

Only a small number of people with anorexia nervosa need hospital treatment.  This is provided on Langley ward which is a regional unit which offers inpatient treatment for people across the East Midlands who have anorexia nervosa and other related problems.

Prior to admission is patients and their carers’ are given the opportunity to visit the unit and to meet with staff to find out what treatment involves and to  ask any questions that they might have.  Once a person is admitted a multi-disciplinary team provides nutritional, medical, psychological, occupational and social components of care through a combination of individual and a number of different group therapies.

The treatment programmes we offer are divided into different phases. These support people to enable them to manage their weight and eating in an independent and healthy way as they gradually gain weight. People are also seen throughout their inpatient stay by individual therapists for weekly therapy sessions which help the person to begin to understand why they have developed their eating problems and how to manage their emotions more effectively.  Before people are discharged they will be given help to work on a plan to prevent them from becoming ill in future and to ensure that they are supported once they return home.

How Can You Access Our Service?

Who is eligible for referral to the service?

Patients aged 18 years and above from within Leicestershire and Rutland with a primary diagnosis of an eating disorder: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder or Atypical Eating Disorder can be referred to our service.

Who can refer to the service?

People from within Leicestershire and Rutland are usually referred to the service by their general practitioner but referrals may also be made by other mental or physical health care clinicians.

Referrals for inpatient treatment may be made by clinicians who work in Eating Disorder Services across the East Midlands region.

For any questions about how to make a referral please contact us on:

0116 225 2557/ 225 2562

Further Information


Our research team is led by Professor Jon Arcelus. The service works very closely with Loughborough University’s Centre for Research into Eating Disorders (LUCRED).

We have an extensive research programme and if you would like to know more about this please contact Professor Arcelus on the following numbers:

0116 225 2557/ 225 2562


We can also offer training in the field of eating disorders to health care professionals. If you would like to know more about this please contact Lynne Reeve, team Administrator on:

0116 225 2557/ 225 2562

The Leicester IPT Team

The service offers Interpersonal Psychotherapy for the treatment of Bulimia Nervosa and related disorders. The IPT team is one of the biggest training and research centres in IPT in the UK. For more information about our IPT team please go to our Website:

For more information about courses and other events, contact Lynne Reeve at or telephone 0116 225 2575

Support Groups


Carer Support Groups

Eating Disorders Out-patient Treatment: Information for Carers

Eating Disorders In-patient Treatment: Information for Carers


Eating Disorders Carer's Information Pack

Eating Disorders Carers' Support Group Information 

Clinical Audit Report 

Physical Risks

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