All menus at the Thorneywood Unit have been nutritionally analysed by a dietitian to ensure that the nutritional needs for the growth, development and health of each young person is being met.

Who are dietitians?

Registered Dietitians are the only qualified health professionals who assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems at an individual level.

Uniquely, dietitians use the most up to date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease, which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.

On the Adolescent Unit the Dietitian works with the Multi Disciplinary Team (MDT) and where appropriate, with your family and carers, to implement the nutritional part of your treatment plan.

We may work with you on a one to one basis, within a group or advise the MDT on how to best meet your nutritional needs.

At Thorneywood

My name is Helen Symmonds and I am one of the dietitians who works at Thorneywood Adolescent Unit. I have worked in the specialist area of Eating Disorders since 2002, firstly with adults and then since 2009 with young people. Alongside Claire Knight, dietitian, we assess your nutritional needs.

Our main goal is to empower you to better nutritional health. We use a range of therapeutic skills to motivate and enable you to improve your relationship with food, with the aim of you appropriately fuelling everyday teenage life, growth and development.

See example of our: summer lunch menu.


Each menu is carefully put together by our specialist dietitians who complete a full nutritional analysis of the menu. The meals are cooked fresh by our chefs and vary week to week.  We also have a weekly breakfast club on a Wednesday where the young people get together to cook something different for breakfast such as pancakes or waffles.


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