Outpatient clinic for the treatment of bulimia, binge eating disorder and OSFED

Our outpatients’ clinic remains open, including to new requests for advice and support. We are following the Department of Health and Public Health England Coronavirus guidelines and all our consultations are being conducted by video conference or telephone. You are welcome to contact us to discuss your needs. Please be assured, we continue to support and offer outpatient programmes via digital and telephone communications.

We provide an outpatient clinic for adults and young people to treat bulimia, binge eating disorder and Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED).

This involves coming to Newbridge House for weekly appointments with a Consultant Clinical Psychologist for a programme of treatment called CBT-E. This is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) developed specifically for people with eating disorders and is recognised as the treatment of choice for bulimia and binge eating disorder. This service is also suitable for some patients with OSFED, which means a person has feeding or eating behaviours that cause clinically significant distress and impairment, but do not meet the full criteria for any of the main eating disorder categories.

Our outpatient service is open to adults and young people aged 14 and above.

We have developed this service because we recognise there are many people struggling with the significant distress and limitations on life these disorders bring, but who are unable to access specialist help.” Dr Matt Hutt, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Newbridge House

How can I access the service?

It is best if you can first visit your GP and ask for a referral to our service. This is because your GP has a record of your health, including issues which may be relevant to your eating disorder, and it is best if they are fully involved. However, it is also possible for you to make a self-referral (contact us and make an appointment directly).


The Consultant Clinical Psychologist will carry out a comprehensive review of your psychological condition, including the nature of the problems you are experiencing and whether CBT-E would be an appropriate treatment for you. To be seen within this outpatient service, it is important that you are medically stable; our Consultant Psychiatrist will assess this. During treatment, patients with medical concerns will have access to the Newbridge House Consultant Psychiatrist and dietetic team.

What does the treatment involve?

As a form of cognitive behavioural therapy, CBT-E is a treatment approach which focuses on the connections between your thoughts, feelings and behaviour. It is a practical, logical, problem solving approach; you will need to observe and record your thoughts, feelings and behaviour and try carefully structured experiments.

How long will it take?

The recommended treatment is 20 weeks for patients with bulimia and binge eating disorder. There may be individual variation of course, particularly for patients with OFSED and after your initial assessment, we will be best placed to advise you on likely duration.

Does it work?

There is very strong evidence for the use of CBT-E for people with bulimia and binge eating disorders. CBT-E for bulimia was first recommended by NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) in 2004. It is a widely used and well-established treatment, also applied to binge eating disorder and there is now a large body of evidence from research to support its effectiveness.

This outpatient service is also designed for people with OFSED if they are medically stable. We will carry out a full assessment and if we believe this is not the right service for you, we will advise you on the best pathway for you.

Newbridge House quality assurance

This outpatient programme is delivered by Newbridge House: one of a very small number of services to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ rating from the Care Quality Commission. Established in 2008, Newbridge is a major centre for the treatment of eating disorders, receiving referrals from throughout the UK and overseas. You have the assurance that our outpatient service is delivered and managed by Newbridge House specialists who are nationally recognised experts within their field. Appointments are in the high-quality facilities in Newbridge, which located in a pleasant suburban area of Sutton Coldfield, to the north of Birmingham.

Private service

Please be advised our outpatient programme is a private service. We would be happy to advise you on costs. If you have private medical insurance, this treatment is recognised by insurance companies, but it is best if you check with your cover. We can supply advice and supporting information for this. Please contact us to book an appointment or to find out more about this service and whether it may be suitable for you or your child.