Eating disorders are common and Anorexia Nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. However, people with eating disorders have better recovery rates and a reduced risk of relapse when they receive the right support as early as possible.
The physical health risks of eating disorders, physical health assessment and monitoring is a key aspect of care. HEE has worked in partnership with NHS England and the charity Beat to launch online medical monitoring eating disorder learning to support teams involved in this work.
The session takes approximately 30-40 minutes to complete and includes a medical role play demonstration. It aims to support staff members to:
understand why physical health checks are needed
sensitively approach a medical monitoring appointment
provide individual and their support networks with appropriate information and advice.
To find out more, visit the eating disorders elearning programme webpage. Additional mental health learning can be found on HEE’s mental health webpage.