Eating Disorders Training for Medical Students and Foundation Doctors

On this page, you’ll find everything you need to deliver comprehensive eating disorders training in your medical school or foundation programme.

The course content has been written by experienced clinical trainers and developed with input from senior clinicians, medical students with lived experience, and advisors from the General Medical Council and Health Education England. Each component has been piloted with a relevant group of students.

This training was developed in response to the 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 the result of collaboration between Beat, Health Education England and the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Faculty of Eating Disorders and 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.

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 entire 10–16 years of medical training and approximately 20% do not receive any training at all (Ayton and Ibrahim, 2018).

Dedicated to the memory of Averil Hart and everyone else who has died unnecessarily from an eating disorder, it is our hope that this training will be a significant step to ensuring that avoidable deaths from eating disorders are consigned to the past. 

You can find out more about our campaign on this here.

Before you access the training:

Please read our Introduction and User Guide for further information on how to use this training.