'First of its kind' eating disorder support for young people in Sussex

15 February 2023

A new way to help young people with eating disorders has gone live in Sussex.

The Spring Tide Eating Disorder Day Service, which has opened its doors in Hove, is the first of its kind in the county and only one of four in the South East to offer an alternative to inpatient care. This will enable young people to be treated in the community and stay at home with their families. 

Spring Tide, run by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust's Family Eating Disorder Services (SFEDS), is based at Aldrington House in Hove for young people aged 18 and under who are already known to specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

The programme, which is based on the successful service developed by the South London and Maudsley’s Trust, delivers a combination of group and individual therapy sessions and meal time support to young people and their families, for up to 10 young people at a time, as well as support for families. The service has been commissioned by the NHS Kent and Sussex CAMHS Provider Collaborative, which is led by Sussex Partnership NHS Trust, with funding from NHS England.

Clinical Director for CAMHS and Specialist Services at Sussex Partnership, Dr Alison Wallis, said:

"We are pleased to be able to offer this next level of support to young people with an eating disorder.

"There's has been an increase in need for eating disorder services in recent years and Spring Tide provides one way of addressing this. It's a community day service meaning young people can get help and support for eating disorders, alongside their family, without having to go into hospital. Spring Tide will help us treat young people sooner and offer an alternative to staying overnight in hospital to receive the care they need."

Led by a multi-disciplinary team, the service will operate Monday-Friday, with young people attending between 10am and 4pm. There will be flexibility for families to join for a meal in the evening as part of their care plan.

The 14-week programme is designed around term times including two half terms, with a four-week programme offered over the summer holidays.