Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity, recently released new eating disorder training for GPs and primary care clinicians. They worked with Health Education England, NHS England and NHS Improvement to develop the training.
Why the training is important
Eating disorders can be hard to spot. The training will support surgeries to identify the signs of an eating disorder. Eating disorders can affect people of any age, size, gender or background – and there aren’t always visible signs. You can find out more about anorexia, ARFID, binge eating disorder, bulimia, and OSFED elsewhere on the Best For You website.
About the training
The training is short – it’s split into two sections, and together they should take just over an hour. You can pause the training at any point and work at your own pace.
The first half of the training helps clinicians to identify different types of eating disorders. It also covers the importance of early intervention and the clinician’s role in identifying, assessing, and referring patients.
The second half of the training focuses on clinicians’ approach and communication with patients who are struggling. It gives clinicians a step-by-step framework to identify the signs of an eating disorder and covers from medical assessment itself to the later referral and monitoring stages.