Our story

The story of MCCAED began in the early 1980s, with a single clinical research team at the Institute of Psychiatry, Maudsley Hospital. This group of pioneers developed a new method for treating young people with anorexia nervosa, which became known as Maudsley Family Therapy.

Our approach was so successful that in the mid 1990s, a specialist community-based service dedicated to the treatment of eating disorders in children and adolescents was founded at the hospital. In the late 1990s, we developed a modification of our family therapy approach that brought together multiple families for the first time to share their experiences and work towards a common goal.

At first, MCCAED was only a small outpatient clinic serving local families. By the 2000s, we had grown into a multi-disciplinary service, caring for patients from across the country. And today, we offer a range of additional therapies, an Intensive Day Treatment Programme and enhanced links with paediatric services at King’s College Hospital. Over the years, we’ve helped thousands of patients to rebuild their lives, and our story is far from over.

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