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Improving Access and Treatment for Eating Disorders: Towards Recovery

Monday 12 Oct 2020


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Find out more about virtual attendance

The NHS Long Term Plan and accompanying Mental Health Implementation Plan has demonstrated a commitment to improve support and treatment for people with eating disorders. This hybrid conference focuses on making that plan a reality through developing services for Eating Disorders: improving access, treatment and recovery outcomes, and meeting the national standards for children, young people and adult services. 

“Eating disorders have among the highest mortality rates of any mental illness, yet people’s chances of recovery are being subjected to a lottery and lives are at risk.”

Andrew Radford Chief Executive Beat Beating Eating Disorders, 18th June 2019

“One estimate of the numbers of people with eating disorders in the UK is between 600,000 and 725,000. An alternative estimate suggests the figure is 1.25 million. Regardless of precise figures, it has been suggested that eating disorders may be one of the most common mental health problems. Accordingly the provision of effective treatment and services for people who have an eating disorder is a serious matter for society.”

Ignoring the Alarms follow-up: Too many avoidable deaths from eating disorders, UK Parliament 18th June 2019

The conference will also look at increasing the use, and improving the effectiveness of day and home based treatment programmes as advocated by Beat

“Intensive outpatient treatment for eating disorders, including day or home-based treatment, could significantly reduce costs to the NHS and still be as effective as inpatient treatment – but has not been made widely available. Despite NICE guidelines stating that residential programmes should be reserved for the most unwell patients, a new report by Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity, has found that only 30 (33.3%) of NHS trusts offer day or home-based treatment meeting the recommended level of intensity.”

Beat September 2019 

There is a new focus this year on Eating Disorders in boys and men. You will hear from James who has lived experience in eating disorders, and from a service working to reduce stigma and improve outcomes for boys and men with eating disorders. 

Benefits of attending:
This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to improve services, practice and treatment for people who are experiencing Eating Disorders
  • Understand the national context and evidence base
  • Reflect on the lived experience of Eating Disorders
  • Develop your skills and improve competence in delivering Eating Disorders services
  • Ensure early intervention and reducing waiting times in both adult and child and adolescent services
  • Identify key strategies for increasing the use of day and home based treatment programmes 
  • Learn from current best practice in treatment of Eating Disorders
  • Develop best practice in improving eating disorder services for boys and men 
  • Ensure you are up to date with current consensus on exercise in eating disorders: treatment and practice
  • Improve access and services for adults with Eating Disorders
  • Develop an effective pathway for people with Bulimia Nervosa
  • Improve the way you develop recovery focused care plans and assess risk on transition of care
  • Develop your skills in working with families and friends
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence

Speakers Include:

Hope Virgo

Person with Lived Experience of Eating Disorders

Dr Monique Schelhase

Consultant Psychiatrist & Clinical Lead
CONNECT: The West Yorkshire Adult Eating Disorder Service

Dr Caz Nahman

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist & CAMHS Eating Disorders Consultant
Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events, whether it be a sponsored session, or a virtual booth, a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage face to face with your key audience on-site and virtually 
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact Carolyn Goodbody for virtual & hybrid exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

Fee Options

NHS, Social Care, Private Healthcare Organisations & Universities



Voluntary sector & charities



Commercial organisations



(Prices in brackets include VAT)


Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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