Identification, Diagnosis, Treatment and Management of Eating Disorders
Eating disorders can become severe and enduring, lasting for many years and can have a hugely debilitating effect on the sufferers and their families. Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder, from medical complications associated with the illness as well as suicide. Research has found that 20% of anorexia sufferers will die prematurely from their illness. Bulimia is also associated with severe medical complications, and binge eating disorder sufferers often experience the medical complications associated with obesity. In every case, eating disorders severely affect the quality of life of the sufferer and those that care for them.
Health professionals, social workers, teachers and many other professionals are increasingly coming into contact with this group of patients, often with little experience, skill and knowledge of the area. This can understandably cause a lot of worry and uncertainty, often leaving the professional feeling incredibly helpless.
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It is estimated that more than 725,000 people in the UK are affected by an eating disorder. The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence estimates around 11% of those affected by an eating disorder are male.
There has been an 8% rise in the number of inpatient hospital admissions in the 12 months previous to October 2013 and a 34% increase in admissions since 2005/06 equating to approximately a 7% rise each year.
This training day will provide you with an overview of the range of eating disorders commonly seen. The following questions will be explored:
- How do I know if someone has an eating disorder?
- What are the features of the different types of eating disorders?
- Why does someone get an eating disorder and why is it so hard to treat?
- What are the signs, symptoms, and risks of eating disorders?
- How do I diagnose an eating disorder?
- How do I help someone with an eating disorder?
- How do I treat someone with an eating disorder?
- What help is available for someone with an eating disorder?
Course Tutor Information
Matthew Cahill is a Consultant Psychiatrist who works full time for the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Eating Disorder Service. He leads three community clinics and a fourteen bedded eating disorder inpatient unit in the Wirral, covering a population of three million. Matthew has been solely treating patients with eating disorders for four years, and within that time developed and facilitated training workshops for a range of health professionals and public sector workers.
Matthew treats patients with a range of eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorders amongst others, working in a multidisciplinary approach, sharing skills with dietitians, psychologists, eating disorder practitioners and occupational therapists. He works closely with families and carers of those with eating disorders.
Matthew understands how devastating these disorders can be for the individual, those close to them, and clinicians involved with their care, and he is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience to help anyone manage these complex illnesses.
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- To gain a better understanding and knowledge base of eating disorders
- To increase confidence in identification, management and treatment of eating disorders
- To improve knowledge of resources and help available to people with eating disorders