How does the Newbridge eating disorder treatment model work?

The Newbridge Model of Treatment shows the key elements of all we do and how it fits together. No single intervention will be effective alone; an integrated approach harnessing different treatments and forms of support is essential.

Our model shows what we do to address the three main elements of anorexia: the behaviours, the emotions and life events and family distress anorexia causes.


Anxiety, depression, anger and a phobia or irrational fear of normal weight together with body image issues.

  • Individual therapy sessions: this can be a programme of cognitive behavioural therapy or psychotherapy.
  • Group programme: a strong and well established range of psychoeducation groups.
  • Patients are supported to undertake activities such as eating snacks, preparing and eating meals.
  • Dramatherapy is provided and as weight is gained, there are purposeful activities such as swimming and yoga.


Weight loss, binge eating, vomiting, laxative misuse, restriction, over-exercise.

  • Individual prescription for personal meal plans.
  • Individualised support throughout every meal.
  • Stabilisation and some weight restoration is necessary for meaningful therapeutic work.
  • Medical monitoring by responsible consultant psychiatrist. Additionally, Newbridge has a consultant paediatrician.

Life events and family distress

  • Famly therapy is a cornerstone of treatment.
  • Additionally, our innovative Programme for Parents addresses common issues and challenges for parents.
  • Active and well attended Parents and Carers’ Support Group.
  • Families have meals together at Newbridge.
  • Relapse prevention and moving on group.
  • There is a school at Newbridge House which young people attend every day.

Core supports


  • We will involve, communicate with you and support you.
  • We will support you to manage family meals and all challenges during home leave and preparation for discharge.

Key worker

  • Each patient has a key nurse and co-worker
  • They will have weekly meetings with the young person, to reflect on how the care plan is working and address any concerns
  • They provide accessible, unscheduled support for times of need for the young person and are the main contact for parents and carers


  • Each patient is under the care of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • The MDT meets each week to review progress and the care plan.
  • Parents can attend MDT each week, together with key workers and a Newbridge school teacher.