Eating Disorders In Student Services (EDISS) – About Us
In September 2015 First Steps received funding from Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group to deliver support to students suffering with mild-moderate eating difficulties at Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham. This service is called Eating Disorders in Students Service (EDISS) and offers various types of support to all students and staff, with or without an eating disorder diagnosis.
EDISS is the only university-based service solely devoted to supporting students with eating disorders in the UK and therefore what we offer to students is very unique and specialised. Another unique aspect to EDISS is that some members of staff and volunteers have had the personal experience of suffering with an eating disorder.
Telephone: 07949579661 or contact the office on 01332 367 571
16 Agard Street, Igham House, Derby, DE1 1DZ
Limited service out of term
EDISS services will continue for students and staff outside of term time, however please note this will be on a limited basis. Online support will continue as normal, as well as SKYPE sessions offered to those that return home during the holidays. Self-help groups will also run on a limited basis, in particular, there will not be any groups over the Christmas or Easter period. Drop-in clinics will be held during term-time only.
Staff and alumni’s
We offer support to members of staff* from both universities as well as any alumni students of up to 3 years following completion of degree.
*Please note that in the case of supporting members of staff, EDISS will assess each case on an individual basis.
A typical pathway of support for a student may look like:
Referred by GP/university services or self-referral > attend drop-in clinic or book an appointment for an assessment > choice of services presented at assessment > selected service(s) chosen & placed on waiting list > completion of support
On completing support, EDISS will not discharge service users unless specifically stated. This is so that students can return or maintain regular contact with EDISS throughout their studies.
Free of charge
The services provided by EDISS are free of charge unless otherwise stated. However, donations to First Steps are welcomed.
Can access more than 1 service at once
EDISS allows for service users to access more than one service at any one time, as well as the choice of changing method of support if for any reason student feels they are not gaining any benefits.