The Newbridge treatment pathway

The Newbridge treatment pathway shows how an individual progresses from admission to discharge. Time spent in each stage and overall inpatient treatment time will vary for individuals, depending upon their eating disorder and needs. But for everyone, the pathway shows the behavioural, emotional and life changes that are made to move through each stage of treatment and on to the process of recovery.


Recognising and accepting that you have an eating disorder

  • There will be psychological assessments
  • You will be encouraged to start thinking about your personal goals
  • You will be supported in the dining room to overcome some of your eating behaviours
  • You will have the opportunity to discuss your worries with specific members of staff
  • You will be introduced to your key nurse, co-worker and the therapy team.

Making links, making changes and making sense of the underlying causes of your eating disorder

  • This stage begins when you have shown that you can, with support, tolerate the behavioural changes introduced in stage 1.
  • You will be able to take more responsibility for managing your choices and behaviours around food
  • With support from staff, you will start choosing meals, meal planning and preparation
  • You will start to take part in leisure activities
  • You will go shopping for clothes with staff and eating snacks in the community
  • You will reach and maintain your weight within an agreed range

Consolidation and maintenance of the progress you have made and preparing to leave Newbridge

  • You will engage in body image work and relapse prevention
  • You will go food shopping with staff and be supported to develop other independent living skills appropriate for your age
  • You will be supported to eat out with your family
  • You will spend increasing time at home, less time at Newbridge
  • Return to school/college or work, often initially on a part-time basis.

Leaving Newbridge and returning home. Recovery is not a destination; it is an ongoing process

  • You will participate in outpatient services as agreed before discharge
  • You will take part in leisure activities of your choice
  • You will plan for the future and return to study or work