Cheshire and Merseyside Eating Disorder Service (CHEDS)

The Cheshire and Merseyside Adolescent Eating Disorder Service (CHEDS) is a specialist outpatient team that offers assessment, treatment and support to young people aged 13-18 with a broad range of complex eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder or atypical eating disorders. We are based in Chester, but also run clinics within Liverpool city centre as we work with young people and their families across Cheshire and Greater Merseyside.

Our team offer psychological therapies that have been found to be helpful for people with eating disorders. We offer individual, family and group therapy, depending on what would be most beneficial for you. You will also be offered appointments with our specialist dietitian.

We also offer twice yearly Multi-Family Therapy Workshops, which are 4-day long intensive family therapy courses involving up to 6 families at a time. Due to limited spaces we can only offer this course if we feel it will be beneficial to you at your current point in treatment.

Outpatient treatment is less disruptive to social and family life in comparison to inpatient treatment (e.g. staying in a hospital for young people experiencing mental health difficulties), so we encourage outpatient treatment as much as possible.

However, if it is felt that inpatient treatment would be beneficial as part of your treatment, CHEDS works closely with the children and young people’s inpatient services at Ancora House in Chester to provide care for young people with eating disorders.

Accessing CHEDS

Referrals are currently accepted from Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services across Cheshire and Wirral Partnership, including our Spoke teams based in Wirral, Chester, Crewe, Winsford and Macclesfield.

After treatment at the spoke team, if it is felt our service would be helpful then a referral can be completed by the relevant CAMHS clinician to CHEDS.