Eating Disorders in Scotland: Prevention, Early Intervention and Promoting Recovery

An estimated 1.25 million are affected by an eating disorder. However, it is often difficult to quantify the number of sufferers as many go undiagnosed.

The context

Anyone can develop an eating disorder: while they more commonly affect women and girls, studies suggest men and boys make up 20-25% of those affected. Mainly developing in adolescence, eating disorders are a serious mental health concern.

The Scottish Government’s ‘Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027’ has announced the development of a digital tool to support young people with eating disorders, however stakeholders are calling for more engagement between patients, education and health professionals. Concerns over the gap between treatment need and availability are growing, with a delay in access to treatment consistently drawing focus.

Eating disorders can be fatal, and anorexia has the highest mortality rate of all psychiatric conditions, leading us to question what more can be done to support those living with an eating disorder and their families as well as wider measures to encourage and promote healthy relationships with food. 

The event

Join us at this Holyrood briefing on the 31st January as we examine priorities for early intervention and access to services for eating disorders in Scotland. We will bring together perspectives from across the health and care landscape to enhance knowledge for improved prevention, intervention and support of those living with eating disorders. 

Confirmed speakers

  • Sara Preston, Senior National Officer (Scotland), Beat 
  • Sarah J Taylor, Research Nurse, Eating Disorder Development Team, NHS Lothian 
  • Linda Irvine, Programme Manager for Mental Health, NHS Lothian
  • Anne Tremble, Co-Founder and Trustee, The Linda Tremble Foundation
  • Rachel Crighton, Volunteer and Trustee, The Linda Tremble Foundation 
  • Dr Petya Eckler, Senior Lecturer, University of Strathclyde Glasgow 
  • Lorna Quickfall, Head Teacher, Huntercombe Hospital Edinburgh
  • Sam Thomas, Founder and Director, Men Get Eating Disorders Too 
  • Laura Sharpe, Programme Manager - Education and Young People, SeeMe 

Key issues to be addressed

  • Increase knowledge and awareness of eating disorders
  • Improve confidence and skills in prevention, identification and interventions
  • Taking a whole-family approach to supporting those living with eating disorders
  • Ensuring a person-centred approach to care
  • Learning the effectiveness of education-based interventions for prevention

Agenda*

09:30   Registration and Refreshments

10:00   Welcome and Introduction from Chair

            Kate Connor, Director, Kate Connor Consulting 

10:05   Session 1: Prevention and Early Intervention

10:05   Beat Young Ambassador will share their experience of living with an eating disorder

10:15   Social Media and Body Image 

  • This talk will present the most relevant past research on body image and social media, which covers the types of content women tend to post about themselves online and effects on users
  • Dr Eckler will discuss results from her own research on Facebook and body image and possible implications for practitioners 

            Dr Petya Eckler, Senior Lecturer, University of Strathclyde

10:35   The 'Transitions Project' - a partnership between NHS Lothian and Beat

  • What project the project was: 3 prong approach. An online teaching tool for professionals, peer support and helpfinder
  • What went into development of online teaching tool
  • Impact of teaching tool – its success
  • New project funded by Scottish Government: Cared - Supporting parents & carers during early stages of treatment with their loved one

             Sarah J Taylor, Research Nurse, NHS Lothian 

10:55   Questions and Discussion

11:10   Refreshments and Networking

11:35   Session 2: Educational Outcomes and Attainment

11:35   The Butterfly Bursary 

            Linda Irvine, Programme Manager for Mental Health, NHS Lothian

11:55   The Role of Education in Recovery

            Lorna Quickfall, Head Teacher, Huntercombe Hospital Edinburgh

12:15   Eating Disorders and the Associated Stigma

            Laura Sharpe, Programme Manager - Education and Young People, SeeMe 

12:30  Beat Young Ambassador

A Young Ambassadors from Beat will share their experience of education and school. 

12:40   Questions and Discussion

13.00   Lunch and Networking

13:45  Session 3: Access to Services and Promoting Recovery

13:45  Collective Advocacy Eating Disorders Project 

            Niamh Allen, Collective Advocacy Worker, CAPS Independent Advocacy

14:15   Early Intervention and Peer-to-Peer Support

            Anne Tremble, Co-Founder and Trustee, The Linda Tremble Foundation 

14:35   The Experience of Men and Boys with Eating Disorders   

             Sam Thomas, Founder and Director, Men Get Eating Disorders Too

14:55   Beat Young Ambassador

A Young Ambassador from Beat will share their experience of living with an eating disorder and their journey since recovery. 

14:50   Questions and Discussion

15:15   Closing Remarks from Chair

15:40     Close of Event

Venue

COSLA, Verity House, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh EH12 5BH | Map

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For all event enquiries please email enquiries@holyrood.com or call 0131 285 1635

Dates
31 January 2018

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