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This conference will serve as a vital platform for bringing together experts, researchers, clinicians and advocates to foster a deeper understanding of Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID).
We will learn from child and adolescent services, eating disorder services and experts in the field to develop a consensus on best practice. Vital lived experience will be shared from an adult with ARFID, as well as a person with lived experiences of autism combined with an eating disorder. Case studies will be explored where we will support delegates to discuss and understand approaches to treatments and pathways to effective care and recovery.
“Many Trusts and Health Boards do not have a dedicated clinical pathway or service for providing assessment and treatment to children, young people (YP) or adults with ARFID. Referrals for ARFID present in multiple services but as they do not fit ‘criteria’ and/or are unable to access clinical expertise they fall between the gaps. The clinical expertise is not present within any one service to meet the complex needs of this group of children. There are no evidence / practice guidelines which clearly describe the service specifications and clinical pathway required to manage this population.”
The British Dietetic Association, November 2023
Additionally, this conference will facilitate networking opportunities and foster collaborations that will pave the way for supporting ARFID in the clinical realm and the broader community. By attending you will be participating in a crucial conversation on how we unravel the complexities of ARFID and the ways we can treat it moving forward.
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 Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder
Understand the national context and evidence base
Reflect on the lived experience of Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, as well as Autism with an Eating Disorder
Understand the current challenges around ARFID as a newer diagnosis and the current challenges in treatment and service delivery
Develop your skills and improve competence in delivering ARFID services for children and adults
Understand the impact on child development and why young children develop feeding difficulties
Identify the holistic effect ARFID has on children and families
Learn from current best practice in treatment of ARFID from dietitians and researchers
Explore the genetic and environmental influences on the onset of ARFID
Develop best practice in safe refeeding of malnourished patients with restrictive eating disorders
Ensure you are up to date with current consensus on treating ARFID in patients with autism and explore the complications that having both diagnosis can have
Improve the way you develop recovery focused care plans and assess risk on transition of care
Develop your skills in identifying a true ARFID patient over another eating disorder diagnosis
Self assess and reflect on your own practice
Supports CPD professional development and acts as revalidation evidence. This course provides 5 Hrs training for CPD subject to peer group approval for revalidation purposes