NHS Forth Valley has a specialist Eating Disorder service which is based at Livilands Resource Centre, Stirling Health & Care Village.
The Eating Disorder team offers Forth Valley-wide assessment and treatment to adults aged over 18 years of age with a diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa or Binge Eating Disorder.
- Outpatient Treatment
- Inpatient Treatment
- Types of Eating Disorders
- Eating Disorder Support and Information
- Opportunities to Participate in Clinical Research
- Younger People
- Meet the team
- Contact Details
The main aim is to treat and support people at home. Treatment can be on an individual basis or as part of a group. Treatment is tailored to the individual needs of the patient and joint packages of care are often developed between the Therapists and Dietitians.
Therapies offered include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). The team also has access to Mental Health Resource Centre assessment, Occupational Therapy assessment and the provision of Art Therapy. There is limited access to meal support and additional support around food shopping and cooking.
NHS Forth Valley has access to beds in the specialist Regional Eating Disorder Unit (REDU) at St John’s Hospital, Livingston. Referrals to the regional unit are only accepted from the Forth Valley Eating Disorder service.
Admissions to the regional inpatient unit will generally be planned in collaboration with the client. Admissions would be considered for a limited time period only and with specific treatment goals in mind. The Eating Disorder team would communicate regularly with staff at the unit to ensure continuity of care and a smooth transition between in- and out- patient care.
A person can be referred to the Eating Disorder team by a mental health or general medical professional, a General Practitioner (GP), or Dietitian.
The team accept referrals for people with a moderate to severe Eating Disorder. Severity is generally indicated by rapid weight loss or severe emaciation, frequent vomiting or laxative abuse, significant physical complications, persistent self harm behaviours, suicidality or a co-morbid condition such as pregnancy or diabetes. People with an Eating Disorder of a less severe nature are cared for by General Psychiatric services and/or the Mental Health Resource Centre provision in Forth Valley.
Types of Eating Disorders
If you want to read more about the most common eating disorders then please click on the links below to read about Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder and OSFED which are Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorders.
Eating Disorder Support and Information
If you would like more information on eating disorders in general or are seeking support, then you can access further information from Beat which is the UK’s leading eating disorder charity or Mind which is the UK’s leading mental health charity.
Opportunities to Participate in Clinical Research
If you are under 18, or the person you are seeking support or advice for is under 18, please refer to the Forth Valley Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).
Meet the Team
The Forth Valley Eating Disorder service is multidisciplinary with medical, psychological, nursing and dietetic staff supported by our admin and secretarial staff.
- Team Leader and Consultant Clinical Psychologist – Dr Susan Simpson
- Consultant Psychiatrist – Dr Nabila Muzaffar
- Speciality Doctor – Dr Shridevi Gopi-Firth
- Nurse Therapist – Lorna Grant
- Nurse Therapist – Denise Hoxley
- Senior Specialist Dietitian – Alyson Conroy
- Specialist Dietitian – Emma Carson
Eating Disorders Service
Livilands Resource Centre
Stirling Health & Care Village