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Training for Healthcare Professionals

Beyond the symptoms

Eating disorders can affect every system in the body, but it’s not always obvious that an eating disorder is the cause. This means that someone might be suffering from an eating disorder but approach a healthcare professional about apparently unrelated symptoms.

Delivered by clinicians with extensive experience in the field of eating disorders, Beyond the Symptoms is ideal for GPs, nurses, dentists, cardiologists, and many other healthcare professionals. It aims to help you identify when a patient has an eating disorder and confidently intervene early.

"A clearly presented, comprehensive course... It is well-referenced and there is plenty of good visual content to the slides to reinforce the key points. The resources provided to the learners – especially the extensive references provided for further learning – are strong. The course is well-constructed with a clear agenda."

Course information

Learning Outcomes
  • Spotting the early warning signs, risk management and screening tools.
  • The importance of early intervention.
  • How to approach and have difficult conversations.
  • Why someone might be resistant to treatment.
  • Challenges you may experience in identifying and treating people with eating disorders.
  • Signposting to treatment services.
Course Structure

This is a structured and interactive workshop delivered over Zoom as either one full day or two half days. This course is currently funded through different CCGs across the country and bookings will be taken through your CCG.

You will reflect on your own practice and share stories and experiences within groups. This course will also include presentations, putting learning into practice, understanding Beat’s services and signposting to local services. Where possible you will hear from a Beat Ambassador on their lived experience of an eating disorder and develop an action plan to end the day.

Course Benefits
  • Take ownership of early intervention.
  • Learn to identify eating disorders as a serious mental health illness.
  • Become confident at making a good and prompt referral.
  • Opportunity to network with peers.
  • The trainer was fantastic; she was so knowledgeable and informative about eating disorders. I learnt so much useful information that I can actually put into practice. I would highly recommend to other professionals to attend this course.
  • I am a GP and have a daughter with an eating disorder. It was very reassuring to hear about services available for both her and family. I think I gained more insight into the thought process of an anorexia sufferer from the testimonial of the Ambassador.