How to Manage: Eating Disorders - online

This course provides a clinical framework for the recognition, clinical risk assessment and management of children and young people with eating disorders. Please note, this course will take place via Zoom.
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Spaces available

The RCPCH is pleased to offer this course at a reduced rate. Please note the fees may be subject to change.

RCPCH Member: Trainee or SAS Doctor - £90
RCPCH Member: Consultant - £110
Non-RCPCH Member - £140

Course description

Eating disorders are classified as mental health disorders which can result in serious and life-threatening short and long-term medical consequences and are increasingly common in day to day paediatric practice.

Course aims

To increase knowledge, skills and confidence in assessing and managing a child or young person with an eating disorder in outpatient and inpatient paediatric medical settings. This course will help delegates develop an approach to the management of children and young people with eating disorders.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to: 

  • Recognise a young person with an eating disorder and understand the principles of management
  • Develop a clinical approach to the assessment of sick patients under 18 with Anorexia Nervosa – junior MARSIPAN
  • Understand the short and long-term medical complications of starvation and weight loss in children and adolescents with restrictive eating disorders
  • Describe the medical approach to safe and effective refeeding
  • Recognise, avoid and treat re-feeding syndrome
  • Understand the principles of Family Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa (FT/AN) and develop an approach to collaborative working with the community Eating Disorders Service for children and young people 
  • Understand the psychiatric, ethical and legal aspects of managing eating disorders including application of the Mental Health Act

Target audience

This course is principally aimed at:

  • Paediatricians
  • Psychiatrists
  • General Practitioners
  • Dietitians 
  • Senior Nursing staff

Clinical Leads

Dr Elizabeth Allison is a Consultant in Paediatrics working as a medical lead for eating disorders at Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and designed and wrote this course. She has worked as a Consultant in Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at Monash Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia between 2007 and 2014. In collaboration with Monash Children’s Emergency Medicine colleagues she is a co-founder of ‘TrekMedic’ a rural outreach clinic in Nepal. She developed local guidelines and meal plans for the management of sick patients with Anorexia Nervosa at Bradford and Airedale NHS foundation Trusts and published these in ‘Education and Practice’ edition of Archives of Disease in Childhood in 2017. She was an invited speaker and moderator on Eating Disorders at the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ESPEN) in 2019 and 2020.

Dr Simon Chapman is a Consultant in Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine and works at the Department of Child Health, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Working alongside Dr Allison, he helped develop this course. His research interests are in diabetes & endocrinology, obesity and eating disorders. Dr Chapman developed, in collaboration with Dr Hannah Baynes, Redthread and the Children and Young People’s Health Partnership (CYPHP) the King’s Adolescent Outreach Service (KAOS). Dr Chapman is course lead for the RCPCH How to Manage Childhood Obesity course and also regularly contributes as faculty for courses such as the popular How to Manage: Gastroenterology course series

Course requirements

To participate in this course, you will need access to:

  • Windows or Mac Computer (laptop/desktop or tablet)
  • An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE). Minimum bandwidth is 600kbps (up/down) and recommended is 1.5 Mbps (up/down)
  • Microphone and speaker - either using the built-in microphone/speaker or a headset connected to your laptop/desktop or tablet
  • Webcam - either using the built-in webcam or separate webcam connected to your laptop/desktop or tablet

Please note you will be required to download Zoom in order to participate fully in this course.