Altum Health Partnerships
Tailored support for NHS teams treating eating disorders
Altum Health Partnerships
Over the years, we have built upon our expertise in the treatment of eating disorders, and developed specialist knowledge and skills in the psychological care of clients attending weight management and bariatric services. We’ve developed longstanding partnerships with NHS Tier 3 and Tier 4 services where we provide a wide range of specialist evidence-based interventions, including: psychological assessments, group interventions, psychological consultations and training to multidisciplinary teams.
- We have a flexible approach to working with NHS teams that can be tailored to the needs of your service. We can work with your current psychologist, providing additional resource, such as psychological groups, for example, or helping with assessments when extra help is needed. Alternatively, we can provide a ‘locum’ service to teams where a psychologist post has been vacant, by stepping in to provide a full psychology service. This ‘flex up or down’ approach means you can ensure your waiting times are not extended.
- We provide the support your service needs at a cost you can afford. NHS teams often find that we’re more affordable than they expected, so give us a call and find out how we can help you.
- We’re proud to have helped our NHS partners to reduce waiting times and improve patient care. We’ve helped teams who had accumulated huge backlogs of psychological assessments, and have provided group psychological interventions to prepare patients and enable them to quickly progress on their weight management pathway.
- We provide evidence-based psychological interventions. Our clinicians and the services we offer to our NHS partners are informed by the latest research and developments in the field of weight management.
- We have expertise in providing psychological interventions remotely or face-to-face, being able to help NHS services with large catchment areas to deliver an equitable service to their patients. We’ve been able to flexibly adapt our interventions to remote working during the COVID-19 pandemic, without compromising on the quality we offer.
- We frequently review the interventions we offer to our partners. This has allowed us to evaluated the effectiveness of our brief group intervention for maladaptive eating patterns. We have found that intervention significantly helps patients to improve their relationship with food and their wellbeing (article in submission). We’ve used service evaluations and audits to better tailor our packages of care to the needs of our partners.
- We have also helped our partners to improve the quality of care offered to their patients by conducting audits and service-evaluations for them, disseminating findings and making relevant recommendations.
What we could provide for you
- Pre-bariatric surgery psychological assessments based on clinical interview and interpretation of a range of psychometric measures.
- Tier 3 psychological assessment based on clinical interview and interpretation of a range of psychometric measures.
- Group psychological interventions targeting maladaptive eating patterns such as binge eating and excessive emotional eating.
- Group or individual guided self-help
- Individual psychological therapy
- Post-bariatric surgery psychological assessment
- Post-bariatric surgery psychological therapy
- Bariatric surgery support group facilitation
- Psychiatric assessment
- MDT consultation
The Altum Health Partnership Team:
The Altum Health Partnerships team works alongside the wider Altum Health team who see individual clients. It comprises of HCPC registered psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, and dieticians. You can find out more about our wider team here. This means we can quickly tap into additional resources when we need to, and consistently meet our high standards of service provision.
However you think we might be able to support your team, please contact us so we can discuss your requirements and work out what support we can offer.
Here’s what some recent patients have said about the support we’ve provided:
“I am definitely able to take a lot away from the sessions as I am now able to identify binging and able to distract myself from it. Now that I am eating my three meals and snacks where needed, I find that I no longer feel like I’m starving in the evenings, and I am now able to make better choices and hope to take this experience and also educate others in my family as well.”
“I learnt a lot – I feel more confident in knowing why I might binge, how I can try to prevent this and what works well for me as an individual”
“They (facilitators) were great and always gave us time to share our thoughts and I found it really helpful that they were able to make suggestions that were flexible to our personal needs, and they encouraged everyone to share in the group.”
“I found the group really helpful, and it was great to kind of go through the process with others and hear that they had similar issues, so I didn’t feel kind of alone in it.”