Newbridge House

Two of the UK’s most influential figures in eating disorders and mental health recently visited Newbridge House.

Andrew Radford, chief executive of Beat and Claire Bethel, Deputy Director, Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing at the Department of Health, both came to find out about the Newbridge treatment model.

“My visit to Newbridge House was a fascinating and informative introduction to what a high quality eating disorder service can look like,” commented Mr Radford, chief executive, of Beat, the UK’s leading eating disorder charity.

Ms Bethel observed: “It was really heartening to see the contribution made at Newbridge House to improving outcomes for children and young people with eating disorders from every member of the team and then to meet several of the young people for myself.”

During their visit in September, Ms Bethel and Mr Radford saw Newbridge House’s multi-disciplinary teams in action and discussed the broad resource of treatments provided.

Rachel Matthews, clinical manager of Newbridge House, commented: “Claire Bethel and Andrew Radford are highly influential figures within the fields of eating disorders and mental health and we were delighted that they came to Newbridge to see our service.

“They were able to see multi-disciplinary teams in action, speaking to different members of the teams to gain their perspectives on the multiple interventions we use and how they all work together. We were particularly pleased that our visitors spoke with our young people themselves for first-hand views on what they value about our service.”

Mr Radford commented: “I felt truly privileged to be shown round Newbridge House by three of the young residents and to hear their positive views on the experience of the service they receive.

“I’m really grateful to everyone involved and hope that some of my colleagues at Beat will be able to come and see the service for themselves before long.”

Ms Bethel commented: “I was delighted to visit Newbridge and to meet so many members of the multidisciplinary team and see first-hand the services that they deliver.

“Improving outcomes for young people with eating disorders will be key to achieving the vision set out in ‘Future In Mind’, the Government’s report of the work of the taskforce into children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. We have allocated £150 million to improve services for children and young people with eating disorders and hope that we will be able to introduce a waiting time standard by 2020 as set out in the guidance issued very recently by NHS England. Working together across the whole system and with a number of partner organisations, both nationally and locally, including those in the voluntary sector, will be key to achieving that.”