Skills for Eating Disorder Support

Continuing Professional Development

Free Eating Disorders Specialist Training for Professionals in Derby and Derbyshire

Our foundation courses aim to raise awareness and knowledge around eating disorders and disordered eating and the range of presenting factors which often effect people struggling with their conditions.

Additionally, these course’s demonstrate a range of support tools that can be adapted in various professional settings. It will not train you in a specific eating disorder instead the training will equip you with the information and skills to spot the signs and take an evidenced based approach to support someone at risk of eating difficulties and eating disorders.

We are pleased to offer any professional working with children and young people in Derby and Derbyshire with this fully funded CPD accredited training programme which has been commissioned by NHS Derby Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group

The programme offers five different modules, each of 90 minutes in duration and delivered online via Microsoft Teams (you do not need to have a Microsoft Teams account to join the training modules).


Eating Disorders All Ages and Genders – All recognised clinical presentations

This CPD accredited foundation course aims to raise awareness and knowledge around eating disorders and disordered eating. Additionally, the course demonstrates a range of support tools and can be adopted in various professional settings. It will not train you in a specific eating disorder, instead the training will equip you with the information and skills to spot the signs and take an evidence based approach to support someone at risk of eating difficulties and eating disorders.

Choose a morning or afternoon session from a range of dates between September and December 2020.

Intended Outcomes:

  • Gain a greater understanding of eating disorder types, signs, symptoms and effects on the individual and vulnerable groups
  • Be aware of NHS and NICE guidelines treatment options, best practice approaches and referral processes
  • Understand different evidence based management support needed for adults, young people and children
  • Gain a greater understanding of what recovery means with regard to eating disorders
  • Develop a greater understanding of how to have a conversation and build a relationship with an individual with an eating disorder
  • Gain an insight into support tools and strategies that you may use with eating disorder clients and discuss how to use ‘Green Shoots’ to focus on positives

Course fee £0.00. Delegates will receive a 90 minute CPD credit Certificate on completion.

Please complete this booking form Eating Disorders All Ages All Genders  with Eating Disorders – All Ages All Genders in the subject line and email to training.events@derbyshire.gov.uk 


Compulsive Exercise, Sport and Steroid Abuse

Compulsive Exercise may be defined as exercise that significantly interferes with important activities, occurs at inappropriate times or settings, or continued exercise despite injury or medical complications (Lichtenstein et al. 2017). It’s a strong symptom of Anorexia (AN) and Bulimia Nervosa (BN). Individuals may use compulsive exercise to control their body weight or compensate for binge-eating episodes, whilst others may use compulsive exercise to achieve further weight loss.

Related to this, is a condition that primarily occurs in athletes known as Relative Energy Deficit in Sports (RED-S) which is an imbalance in energy intake and output that has detrimental effects on bone health, menstrual function, metabolic rate, immune function, cardiovascular and psychological health.

Athletes of all ages are at greater risk of RED-S because they require additional nutritional needs and adjustments to support their training schedule, as well as their growth and development (Montjoy et al. 2014). One study finds the number of athletes at risk of developing AN and BN to be; Female 35% Male 10% and Female 58% Male 38% respectively (we know the figures in males is much higher). 

Additionally, Coaches, Trainers need support, education and prevention resources as the same study found that 91% reported dealing with an athlete with an eating disorder, but 27% felt confident identifying them and only 25% worked at an institution with policies on managing eating disorder risk.

Choose a morning or afternoon session from a range of dates between September and December 2020.

Intended Outcomes:

  • Understand what compulsive exercise is, signs to look out for and its close relation to eating disorders
  • Understand what Relative Energy Deficiency in Sports (RED-S) is
  • Look out for signs in relation to steroid abuse in sport and endurance activities and its close relation with Body Image
  • Gain knowledge on how to support someone struggling with compulsive exercise, RED-S, and an eating disorder
  • Understand signs, symptoms and complexities that arise when supporting an athlete with an eating disorder

Course fee £0.00. Delegates will receive a 90 minute CPD credit Certificate on completion.

Please complete this booking form Compulsive Exercise, Sports and Steroid Abuse  with Compulsive Exercise in the subject line and email to training.events@derbyshire.gov.uk 


Eating Disorders in Boys and Men

This animated training workshop developed by University of Nottingham, Kings College London and First Steps ED, was created to raise the profile about eating disorders in boys and men to improve understanding of and care for this patient group, and to reflect upon aspects of primary care and make everyday practice easier for both professional and sufferer. 

At the centre of this training workshop is an animation, illustrating men’s personal experiences of seeing a GP to seek help for an eating disorder which was accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners and can be adopted in any professional sector and setting. 

Choose a morning or afternoon session from a range of dates between September and December 2020.

Intended Outcomes:

  • Understand about eating disorders in boys and men and how to overcome stigma
  • How to start an age appropriate conversation
  • Spot symptoms, red flags and risk assessment in the words of patients and primary care professionals
  • Understand Muscle Dysmorphia as a symptom impacting male Body Image
  • How to confidently make referrals to eating disorder services
  • Support the family and carers of males with eating disorders
  • Access resources from academic and healthcare services to further your reading and understanding

Course fee £0.00. Delegates will receive a 90 minute CPD credit Certificate on completion.

Please complete this booking form Eating Disorders Boys and Men with Eating Disorders Boys and Men in the subject line and email to training.events@derbyshire.gov.uk 


Body Image and Perception

Body Image and Perception plays a vital role with regard to positive mental wellbeing. In 2019, PACEY (Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years) conducted research which showed that nearly a quarter of childcare professionals had witnessed anxieties with body image and/ or weight stigma in children as early as 3-5 years old, with 37% of practitioners having heard statements such as ‘she/ he is fat’ in their setting.

Early intervention with regard to psychoeducation around Body Image from parents/ carers and professionals plays a vital role in the development of body confidence and self-esteem in an individual. This CPD accredited training will develop and enhance knowledge with regard to what Body Inage and Perception is, the role media plays, the functioning body and supporting strategies that can be implemented to offer support in any sector and setting.

Choose a morning or afternoon session from a range of dates between September and December 2020.

Intended Outcomes:

  • Understand the term Body Image and Perception
  • Understand the functioning body and the changes to the body over the course of a lifespan
  • Understand how the media and society impact on Body Image and Perception
  • Acquire supporting strategies and development of a toolbox of self-care which can be adopted in your sector and setting

Course fee £0.00. Delegates will receive a 90 minute CPD credit Certificate on completion.

Please complete this booking form Body Image and Perception with Body Image and Perception in the subject line and email to training.events@derbyshire.gov.uk 


Food and Mood

Food and Mood (Nutrition) is the key to a healthy body and mind. Understanding the impact our diet has on the way we feel is key in maintaining overall wellbeing. This CPD accredited training underpinned by the National Centre for Eating Disorders explores influential factors such as the principles of healthy eating and the importance of including all food groups in the diet.

The course also introduces nutrition in the context of eating disorders. Whether you want to improve your knowledge around diet and health for personal reasons or wish to develop your professional understanding when supporting others, this training provides a comprehensive understanding of the key topics surrounding nutrition and health.

Choose a morning or afternoon session from a range of dates between September and December 2020.

Intended Outcomes:

  • Explore principles of healthy eating
  • Understand the roles of the macro-nutrients in physical and mental health
  • Consider food in a non-diet mind frame
  • Use food and nutrition information to form a health relationship with food
  • Understand the principles of weight management on positive Body Image
  • Understand eating disorders and obesity

Course fee £0.00. Delegates will receive a 90 minute CPD credit Certificate on completion.

Please complete this booking form Food and Mood with Food and Mood in the subject line and email to training.events@derbyshire.gov.uk 


First Steps ED are a leading eating disorder and mental health charity supporting people of all ages, genders and backgrounds including their families and carers, providing support services and skills training to parents/ partners and professionals.

We have designed this programme of skills development for professionals working in the fields of children and young people and grateful to NHS Derby Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group for funding this programme for any professional supporting children and young people living or working in Derby City or Derbyshire County.

Derbyshire Children’s Services Integrated Workforce Development are coordinating the delegate registration onto each of these five 90 minute online learning courses, with delegates attendance at all five will achieve a 7.5 CPD credit certificate.

 

 


Our Experience

Working with clients who suffer from eating disorders and difficulties can be challenging, but the support and care is available if you know what is required and where to refer for help. Indications that statutory services are under continued pressure to provide support, the case for more professionals across different settings to be able to identify the signs and signpost to local services grows stronger.

First Steps ED understands that professionals working in the fields of health and social care, as well as in education and leisure are often best placed to help detect, prevent and support people affected by eating disorders. We know that early intervention is vital to ensure the long-term wellbeing of those affected, and can avoid situations reaching crisis point.

We deliver our CPD training workshops to GP students, recognising that each new GP only receives about 1.8 hours training and assessment on eating disorders as part of their undergraduate course, we deliver half day education sessions to student GPs to our local medical school whilst these new GPS are on placements with our acute Hospital Trusts.

With only 1 in 5 medical schools providing any training on eating disorders, we think our training and assessment should be adopted nationally.

Our GP training is delivered by our Primary Care Ambassador, a GP with lived experience of anorexia, delivering a unique patient and public involvement perspective that GP students value when attending our CPD course.

We are also commissioned by primary care staff in practices across the areas we provide our services to deliver annual refresher training to all practice staff working in primary care. 

You might be surprised when we say that Dentists and dental hygienist also value our CPD training and commission us to deliver our professional training across dental primary care. Professionals working in density are amongst the first front-line health staff capable of spotting the signs and symptoms of anorexia and bulimia through patients tooth decay and halitosis some of the physical health impacts suffered by eating disorders.

Professionals in education environments are under pressure to support children and young people with anxiety and depression with some students developing problems around food and eating difficulties. Our CPD training for professionals and our psychoeducation workshops for students can be delivered for groups of teachers, school nurses and other education support staff and our self-esteem and body image workshops help children and young people adjust their behaviours when faced with bullying and peer pressure.

We love getting feedback like this on our training workshops: 

‘I gained some new insights and different perspectives. I also very much liked being part of the group. I thought the other members were courageous, sparky, creative, interesting, bright and fun to be with”.

Consequently, First Steps offers CPD training to aid professionals working in a range of sectors and environments.

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