Clinical Science of Eating Disorders: Training for Mental Health Professionals

  • 35 hours
  • 5 days over 5 weeks


During this five-day course you'll be introduced to the basic clinical science relevant to eating disorders in the child, adolescent and adult age groups.

The aim is to help you prepare for a career in the eating disorders field.

You'll gain a certificate of attendance at the end of the course provided you've attended 80% of it.

This course is run but UCL's Division of Medicine. It is part of the MSc in Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition but can also be taken as a standalone CPD module.

Course content

You'll learn about the aetiology, classification, epidemiology, symptoms, complications and nutritional disturbances in patients with eating disorders.

This will include gender and ethnic differences, and specific areas including reproductive and bone health and developmental aspects.

You'll also learn about the role of nutrition in the clinical assessment of patients with a suspected eating disorder.

Topics covered are:

  • Eating disorders in children, adolescents and adults, males and females
  • Comorbid psychiatric disorders
  • Biological and psycho-social roots of eating disorders
  • Physical and psychological symptoms
  • Epidemiology of eating disorders
  • Eating disorders, pregnancy and motherhood
  • Childhood development and eating disorders
  • Eating disorders: bones, brains and hormones

Who this course is for

This course is suitable for trainees and staff working in eating disorders services.

You'll need both the following:

  • a university degree
  • a qualification in a mental health profession

You should also be working, or training, in a service that accepts patients with eating disorders.

Why you should attend

Our lecturers come from eating disorders and medical/paediatric backgrounds. Among them are some of the world’s leading authorities in their subjects.

This course provides a unique opportunity for you to network with fellow healthcare professionals working with patients with eating disorders in what can be a very stressful and sensitive setting.

All the skills acquired on this course will be directly transferable to your everyday workplace. The aim is that this course will enable you to deliver a better standard of care for your patients.

Course structure and teaching

The course will be taught over five consecutive Wednesdays from 9am until 6pm.

Teaching is delivered using lectures, small group tutorials and case-discussions.

We also use blended learning which comprises online and face-to-face teaching.


  • £1,150 for home and EU students
  • £2,250 for applicants outside of the EU

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Course team

Dr Paul Robinson

Paul is a Consultant Adult Psychiatrist and has specialised in Eating Disorders Psychiatry for over 25 years, working at the Maudsley, at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, the Gordon Hospital, the Royal Free Hospital and now as a researcher at St Ann’s Hospital in North London. He's a founder member and former chair of the Eating Disorders Section of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He's been the author of two College Reports on Eating Disorder Services and a guidance document on the management of anorexia nervosa in general hospital settings (MARSIPAN). He is also a lecturer at UCL, his former medical school.

Course information last modified: 13 Aug 2018, 15:41