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Yorkshire Centre for Eating Disorders

Contact us

Yorkshire Centre for Eating Disorders
Ward 6 
Newsam Centre
Seacroft Hospital
LS14 6WB (Map)

Tel: 0113 855 6400
Fax: 0113 855 6401

About our service

The Yorkshire Centre for Eating Disorders (YCED) began treating individuals with eating disorders in 1978; it was originally known as the Leeds Eating Disorders Team. It was modernised in 2005 in line with the NICE guidelines. The service has rapidly developed into the largest northern 'eating disorder service', and is at the forefront of innovative research. We work in partnership with St George’s Eating Disorders Unit.

The YCED is part of the Specialist Services Directorate of Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Our vision
Our vision is wedded to recovery from eating disorders. We aim to assist those who use our services to return to a state of wellness and to achieve an acceptable quality of life. We recognise that this will be achieved through offering choice, working in a partnership of mutual respect and providing person-centred treatments.

Our values
Our priority is the people who use our services. We aim to provide a comprehensive and flexible clinical service that will meet and treat the needs of individuals with eating disorders.

We believe that quality of care is dependent on collective commitment and expertise of the Team, including service users and carers.

We have a commitment to develop new treatment techniques and actively pursue research interests.

Service information

What we offer
Our treatment programmes are designed to focus on change in relation to an individual’s eating difficulty and also to address the underlying and maintaining factors. Our holistic approach promotes recovery and personal growth drawing on different therapeutic approaches. We offer inpatient, outpatient and day services.

Our 19 bedded Residential Unit provides a specialist service delivered by an experienced multi-disciplinary team (Occupational Therapists, Dietitians, Clinical Psychologists, Health Support Workers, Specialist Nurses and Psychiatrists). All service users are offered individual one to one sessions with members of the multi-disciplinary team. Our residential Units (Ward 6) is on the top floor of the Newsam Centre, a purpose built mental health PFI facility. The Newsam Centre is 3-storey building in the grounds of Seacroft Hospital. There are lifts provided to all floors.

Structural changes have been made to the inpatient environment to include two bedded male service user area, in line with the requirements of mixed sex provision.

The team provides specialist intensive community based service for adult with severe and enduring eating disorders registered with Leeds GPs. Our aim is to manage complex needs of people with severe and enduring eating disorders in the community as an alternative to being in hospital by offering an intensive home intervention programme. The team works alongside GPs, other primary care professionals, Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust, voluntary sector and social services.

Most of the individuals referred to YCED are treated on an outpatient basis. We offer evidence based interventions. Our outpatient service differ from most NHS services in offering treatment 7 days a week and outside of office hours.

Making a referral

We accept referrals for individuals who:

• Are 18 years of age or above, however, we can also accept referrals for individuals who are 17 if they are not in full time education.
• Have moderate to severe Anorexia Nervosa, i.e. core psychopathology and BMI<17kg/m²
• Have severe Bulimia Nervosa, i.e. core psychopathology and daily bingeing AND daily purging
• Have ‘Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified' (EDNOS) if they are pregnant or have type 1 Diabetes Mellitus

All referrals are discussed at our weekly MDT meeting and please be aware that referrals received after 1pm on a Tuesday may not be reviewed until the following week. YCED can offer consultation and second opinion assessments in complex cases where an eating disorder is part of a comorbid condition however we are not commissioned to offer treatment if individuals do not meet the above referral criteria. We do not accept self-referrals. We also do not accept referrals for individuals who have a current substance misuse disorder and we require a period of 3 months abstinence before we can offer any clinical input. YCED can also offer packages of training and consultancy for other UK clinicians.

Note that all individuals are welcome to attend our weekly YCED support group even if they do not meet our referral criteria. Likewise all family and carers of individuals affected by eating disorders are welcome to attend our monthly Family and Carers Support Group. For further information regarding these support groups please contact our administration team on 0113 855 6400. 

Care Pathways

For individuals registered with a Leeds GP:
• Individuals with a BMI<15kg/m² can be referred directly to YCED from primary care.
• All other individuals should be referred via the Single Point of Access (0300 300 1485) for screening by secondary mental health services and a holistic and FACE risk assessment must be provided before YCED can accept the referral.

For individuals registered with a GP outside of the Leeds catchment area:
• All individuals require a named care coordinator from their local community mental health team to ensure that coordinated care between YCED and local services is optimised in keeping with the Care Programme Approach.
• All referrals for patients outside the Yorkshire region should be made via NHS England.

For individuals currently under the care of Leeds Teachings Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT):
• All LTHT inpatient referrals should be made via LTHT Liaison Psychiatry services who can then refer to YCED if needed.
• All LTHT outpatient referrals should be made as per the standard care pathway outlined above.


YCED referral form.


Service users

Download our Service Users document for information about how to get help, useful resources and frequently asked questions.


The YCED Carers Support Group currently provides a monthly support group for carers. 

The aims of the Group are:
• To offer carers of people suffering from anorexia and bulimia an accessible, approachable and sympathetic forum for help, support and information
• Provide supportive discussion and sharing of experiences in a relaxed and friendly environment
• Promote awareness of the group and its existence
• Encourage contact with those who seek support

We meet on the first Wednesday of every month, 7pm – 8.30pm at the Newsam Centre. Please call 0113 855 6400 for further information.

The team at the Yorkshire Centre for Eating Disorders (YCED) have produced an information pack for carers. You can read this below, or download a copy here.  

Health professionals

This document contains basic information intended for healthcare professionals, GPs, and mental health professionals.

Training and supervision
We offer:

• Formal training and supervision to primary care and secondary care professionals to manage mild to moderate eating disorders in primary care/community in line with the NICE Guidance and IAPT.
• Support to develop clinical guidelines and resources including information leaflets and self-help packages.
• Consultation in complex cases, where an eating disorder is part of the co-morbidity of an individual's presentation.
• Initiatives for improving primary care professionals' knowledge of eating disorders for timely detection and referrals to appropriate services.


The Eating Disorder Research Team was launched in 2007 as a new national research network, allowing multicentre studies to be carried out within the largest network of inpatient units in the UK.

Annual reports

YCED Annual Report April 2011-March 2012

YCED Annual Report April 2012-March 2013

YCED Annual Report April 2013-March 2014


Our collected set of web links will point you towards further reading elsewhere on the internet.