Sussex Partnership

Sussex Families Eating Disorder Service

Beat are delighted to be working in partnership with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to provide a complement of services that support the Trust’s Pan-Sussex Children and Young People and Family Eating Disorder Service.

For more information about Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s Family Eating Disorder Service please visit their website:

Over this two-year partnership (ending April 2019) Beat will provide the following:

Professional Development Training

By training professionals who work with young people on how to recognise an eating disorder and the effects these illnesses have on someone, we hope to see more young people referred to the Family Eating Disorder Service at an earlier stage of their illness.

The training sessions cover:

  • The symptoms of an eating disorder
  • How to recognise the early warning signs
  • Local treatment pathways
  • How to access specialist support

Beat are holding 16 training sessions during the project. The sessions are open to any professional who works with young people, including GPs, school nurses, teachers, link workers and councillors, alongside local authority, voluntary and community sector organisations.  

For more information about Beat's training, or to book, please contact

10/07/2018Eastbourne9:30 - 16:30Fully Booked
11/07/2018Horsham9:30 - 16:30Fully Booked
26/09/2018Chichester9:30 - 16:30Fully Booked
27/09/2018Hastings9:30 - 16:30Fully Booked
27/11/2018Billingshurst9:30 - 16:30Fully Booked
28/11/2018Brighton9:30 - 16:30Fully Booked
07/02/2019Brighton9:30 - 16:30Coming soon
13/02/2019Eastbourne9:30 - 16:30Coming soon

Developing Dolphins Skills Workshops

The ethos behind Beat’s Developing Dolphins Workshop is that professionals, carers and people with an eating disorder can work together towards a full recovery.

These workshops aim to empower parent carers, to support change and promote recovery, by improving their understanding of eating disorders and the methods they can use to support someone. 

Over the two-day workshop, parent carers learn about different communication techniques, gain tools, and develop practical skills for dealing with difficult situations.

“As a family we have all learnt so much… I’m convinced that [our son's] recovery would have taken much longer without the very valuable lessons we learned at the Workshop.”  Workshop attendee

The skills taught are based on the New Maudsley Method, proven strategies based on extensive research.

We are running six two-day workshops in Sussex in 2017. For more information or to book your place on the next workshop, please contact

Echo Peer Coaching

Echo is a free peer coaching telephone service that matches parents or carers currently supporting someone with a trained volunteer who has their own experience of caring for someone with an eating disorder.

Peer coaching is a system of giving support founded on key principles of respect and a mutual agreement of what is helpful. Rather than giving advice or providing solutions, Echo is a person centred approach; the peer coach's role is to actively listen, provide a sounding board, and most importantly, help the other person find the solutions for themselves. Echo is about understanding another’s situation with empathy through shared experience, and then empowering that person to become stronger.

Over six months, the coach and the parent carer have a weekly telephone call. A friendly 30-minute chat on the phone can make such a huge difference to a parent carer’s belief in recovery and confidence in supporting someone. In these weekly calls, the coach empowers the parent carer, giving them an improved skills base and reducing the isolating effects of the illness.

For more information about Echo, to become a coach, or to enquire about joining the service, please contact


Finally, we’ll recruit and train two new cohorts of Ambassadors (Carer and Over 25 Ambassadors), who’ll engage people at a local level, speaking about their experience in order to educate and breakdown barriers to treatment and support, while acting as inspirational figures, proving that it is possible to make a full recovery from an eating disorder.

To find out more about our becoming an Ambassador, please contact