Eating disorders training for medical students and foundation doctors - elearning for healthcare
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  • Health Education England_New logo 2021
  • Beat eating disorders
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists

About the Eating disorders training for medical students and foundation doctors programme

This training was developed in response to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) investigation into avoidable deaths from eating disorders, as outlined in recommendations from the report titled Ignoring the Alarms: How NHS Eating Disorder Services Are Failing Patients (PHSO, 2017).

It is designed to ensure that all medical students and foundation doctors are trained to understand, identify and respond appropriately when faced with a patient with a possible eating disorder. It is the result of collaboration between eating disorder charity Beat, Health Education England and the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Faculty of Eating Disorders.

A survey and a review of undergraduate and postgraduate training in 2017 found that the majority of UK doctors receive less than two hours of training about eating disorders during their 10–16 years of medical training and approximately 20% do not receive any training at all (Ayton and Ibrahim, 2018).

While the 2007 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS2007) in England found that 6.4% of adults screened positive for an eating disorder.

This training programme is designed to enable doctors to:

  • Identify the major eating disorders and spot the early warning signs
  • Understand the role of starvation in eating disorders and the effects on the brain
  • Understand common challenges experienced by clinicians identifying people with eating disorders
  • Identify the occurrence of eating disorders in patients who may present with other conditions
  • Understand how to assess for an eating disorder
  • Understand from sufferers of eating disorders about how they confronted their illness
  • Recognise the official guidance and care pathways available

Each session will take around 20-30 minutes to complete and includes additional learning resources for those looking to further increase their knowledge. The sessions also provide good preparation for those who go on to participate in medical simulation training on eating disorders.

More information about this programme and the additional resources needed to run the simulation training are available on the Beat website.

Meet the team

  • Jess Griffiths

    Jess Griffiths

    Clinical Lead, Beat
  • Dr Kiran Chitale

    Consultant Psychiatrist and Training Lead, Royal College of Psychiatrists Faculty of Eating Disorders
  • Ellen Macpherson

    Foundation Doctor
  • Rachel Poynor

    Rachel Poynor

    Senior Project Manager, Beat
  • Jonathan Guy

    Jonathan Guy

    Programme Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Dave Beardmore

    Dave Beardmore

    Project Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Rachel Grant

    Rachel Grant

    Learning Designer, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Hannah Denness

    Hannah Denness

    Communications Officer, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Catherine Moran

    Catherine Moran

    Learning Designer, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Angelina Montinaro

    Angelina Montinaro

    Lead Instructional Designer, HEE elearning for healthcare

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