Eating Disorders: Support for the Frontline Conference

After a sold out first conference in 2017, Beat are delighted to announce “Eating Disorders: Support for the Frontline” will return to Birmingham this November!

Family members, students, and those working on the front line will have the chance to hear from experts by both profession and experience, and discuss and share practical skills, whether they are looking after a loved one or working with patients.

Why Frontline?

  • Hear from leading experts about the latest insights from clinical practice and research.
  • Listen to those with personal experience of eating disorders talk openly about their struggles and the important lessons they’ve learned.
  • Meet and network with others who work with patients every day and those who care for loved ones.
  • We’ll also be holding a fantastic range of breakout sessions, allowing delegates to tailor their time at the conference to their needs and experiences. These will include detailed sessions on anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder.

Tickets are expected to sell fast, so don’t delay! And we’ll have more updates very soon, so don’t forget to keep an eye on this page, or sign up to get all the latest straight to your inbox.

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We are excited to announce that the programme agenda for ‘Eating Disorders: Support for the Frontline’ 2018 has been confirmed, and this year the conference will feature workshop sessions across both days. 

Wednesday 21 November

09:15 - 09:45 Welcome & Introduction
>Andrew Radford, Chief Executive, Beat
09:45 - 10:45 Empowering carers
> Janet Treasure OBE
10:45 -  11:30 How carers avoid burnout and thrive. Wisdom and hope from the front line
> Eva Musby
Tea & Coffee
12:00 - 13:00 How to support a child to eat at home
> Eva Musby
Transitions between children and young people
and adult services
> Nicola Brewin & Jackie Wales
Supporting an adult with an eating disorder
> Abigail Cardwell
14:00 - 15:00 Beat Ambassadors giving their top tips for those supporting someone with an eating disorder
> Beat Ambassadors
15:00 - 15:30 Do we need to think about co-dependency? A carer’s perspective
> Veronica Kammerling
Tea & Coffee
16:00 - 16:45 Common co-morbidities: Autism; OCD; Personality Disorders
> Andrea Brown
16:45 -  17:30 Ask the professionals panel Q&A

Thursday 22 November

09:15 - 10:15 Clinicians, carers & patients working together
> Calum Munro
Tea & Coffee
10:45 - 11:30 Carer panel: What worked for us
11:30 - 12:15 Preventing relapse
13:15 - 14:45 Supporting someone with anorexia nervosa
> Calum Munro

Supporting someone with bulimia nervosa Supporting someone with binge-eating disorder
> Kate Williams
Tea & Coffee
15:15 - 16:15 How can Beat help you?
> Beat Team
16:15 - 17:15 Recovery is possible: What worked for us
> Beat Ambassadors

*Please note registration will open from 8:30am – 09.10am on both days.

*Please note that delegates will need to book onto the workshops of their choice at time of booking onto the conference. If you do not reserve your place, you will not be guaranteed entry to your preferred workshops.

*The conference organisers (Beat) reserve the right to alter or cancel, without prior notice, any arrangements, timetables, plans or other items relating to the conference agenda or programme. 

Frontline 2018

The Studio, 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham, B2 5EP

Event Date
21/11/2018 - 22/11/2018