Maudsley Masterclass - Eating disorders: basic awareness training

Course outline:
Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric condition. They affect 1.2 million people in the UK and numbers continue to rise. Despite these figures, there is limited knowledge amongst non-clinicians and the public about eating disorders and how to support sufferers. Non-healthcare staff working at the frontline of services may be the first point of contact for someone struggling with an eating disorder. This may include, for example, school nurses and counsellors, teachers, and university pastoral care services. This places a great responsibility on frontline staff to be able to recognise when there is a problem and to provide appropriate support.

This one-day course is designed to increase awareness eating disorders, with a focus on anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. You will learn how to spot the signs of an eating difficulty and recognise when this may be transitioning into an eating disorder. There will be practical exercises and case studies throughout the day to help you put new knowledge and skills into practice. You will also learn about the impact of social media on eating disorders and some of the misconceptions and stigma this creates.

This course will also give you skills and tips on how to start a conversation with someone who you are worried about and the know-how to decide when and where to signpost to support services.
Aimed at:
Anyone with an interest in learning about eating disorders
Course aims:
Learning Objectives:
- Describe the main eating disorder diagnoses, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder.
- Recognise signs of an eating difficulty and identify the transition from an eating difficulty to eating disorder
- Start a conversation with someone you know who may be struggling with an eating disorder
- Signpost people with eating disorders to appropriate services for support
- Challenge misconceptions and stigma in the media
Key speakers:
Danielle Glennon
Clinical Specialist Service Lead & FREED Project Lead

Danielle is the Clinical Specialist Service Lead at South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust & has her own private practice. She is a highly experienced clinical lead & clinician within the eating disorders field and NHS. Some of the key skills of her role include working with complex patients, staff development, care pathways, quality improvement & ensuring effective translation of research to practice. She is co-author of book chapters and many research papers and led the team to win various prestigious awards including the British Medical Journal Award.

Danielle is one of the developers of FREED (First episode Rapid Early intervention for Eating Disorders) and Project Lead. She is proud to see how FREED has helped patients & their families access the care they need and is looking forward to ensuring FREED is spread nationally and internationally so it is available to all. She is also involved in the PEACE project, establishing a care pathway and treatments for people with autism and anorexia. She plans to start her Doctorate in Psychotherapy Studies in September.
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