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Eating Disorders Summit 2021: Improving Access, Treatment & Recovery Outcomes

Friday 9 Jul 2021


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Find out more about virtual attendance

The covid pandemic has led to surging numbers of people with eating disorders. This conference focuses on Eating Disorders: improving access, treatment and recovery outcomes, and meeting the national standards for children, young people and adult services during and beyond Covid-19.  There is focus on early intervention and also a particular 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.

“People don’t die from eating disorders, they die from a lack of care when they need it.”

James Downs, Patient Representative and speaker at the conference commenting on the death of Nikki Grahame, April 2021

“Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening conditions with some of the highest mortality rates of any mental health disorder. Early intervention is vital and we recognise how important it is that everyone with an eating disorder can access quick, specialist help when necessary. Improving eating disorder services is a key priority for the government and a fundamental part of our commitment to improve mental health services.”

UK Government

“Referrals to eating disorder inpatient settings and emergency admissions to acute hospitals have increased by a fifth and waiting times have doubled since the pandemic in a Provider Collaborative in the south of England, according to new research... the average number of referrals increased by 20% from March 2020 to November 2020 when compared with data from July 2018 to February 2020. Waiting times for potentially life-saving treatment more than doubled from 33 days to 67 days… The findings come as recently published NHS data on eating disorders shows a fourfold increase in the number of children and young people waiting for urgent care and a 129% increase in the number waiting for routine treatment over the past year.”

The Royal College of Psychiatrist March 2021

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
  • Understand the current challenges around waiting times and early intervention during and beyond Covid-19 including innovative approaches to first contact services 
  • 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
  • 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

Feedback from the March 2021 Eating Disorder conference delegates:

  • "The information given will make me understand better and provide better care for the patients with eating disorders."
  • "I feel more empowered to approach the subject"
  • "Inspiring and thought provoking"
  • "Excellent - well run, great speakers and loved the breakout sessions - best Ive been on yet"
  • "Excellent broad range of high quality speakers presenting on very important issues and good opportunities for interaction"
  • "Very informative and especially the service user presentations"
  • "Very useful info and very well organised. Loved the fact of having true stories and give different insights"
  • "A good mix of relevant topics which will inform my service development and QI activity"

Speakers Include:

Katharine Lazenby

Expert by Experience and People Participation Worker for disordered eating
East London NHS Foundation Trust

Mr James Downs

Young Adult with Lived Experience

Kevin Parkinson

Chief Executive
First Steps ED

Virtual Attendance

Our online virtual events include a combination of live webcam presentations, training materials, video sessions and interactive exercises and discussion.

All you need is a quiet space, a good internet connection and PC or laptop with camera and microphone to allow you to see, hear and speak to the facilitator and other delegates. We will provide full instructions for accessing the platform along with login details. 

For the full benefits and all our virtual training titles click here

* Training material and interactive exercises not included at the Council of Employment Judges conference

Virtual Training

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 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 with your key audience  
  • 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 exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

Fee Options

NHS & Public Sector



Voluntary sector & charities



Commercial organisations



Virtual Training



(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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