Short courses


Management of Really Sick Inpatients with Anorexia Nervosa (MARSIPAN)

  • 7 hours
  • 2 days (9am to 1pm)


This two-day online course is designed to help clinicians meet and overcome the enormous challenges of managing really sick inpatients with anorexia nervosa (AN).

The aim is to educate healthcare professionals on assessing and managing patients with AN and to reduce the deaths in hospital of patients (often young) with very severe eating disorders.

The course covers assessment and treatment of adults and children.

This course is run by UCL's Division of Medicine. It's 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:

  • child and adolescent medical management   
  • psycho-social assessment and management of severe eating disorders (children and adolescents)   
  • medical assessment and management of severe eating disorders (adults)   
  • psycho-social assessment and management of severe eating disorders (adults)

Who this course is for

This course is suitable for medical, dietetic and nursing staff working in settings in which patients with severe anorexia nervosa (AN) could be admitted (e.g. A and E, medical admission and paediatric wards, nutrition wards, eating disorder units, adolescent and general adult psychiatric units).

It would also be of interest to GPs who wish to improve their assessment and emergency management skills in this field.

Why you should attend

Our lecturers are experts in eating disorders and nutrition, and most were co-authors on the MARSIPAN guidance documents written in 2014.

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, teaching and certification

This is a two-day intensive course taught online through a series of lectures. It will run from 9am to 1pm each day.

You'll have the opportunity to ask questions at the Q and A session and you'll be assessed by a multiple choice exam at the end of the day.

On successful completion you'll get a certificate (worth 6 CPD points).

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course you'll:

  • have learnt how to medically assess and manage patients with severe eating disorders
  • understand the differences involved in managing children, adolescents and adults
  • have learnt about psycho-social assessment of such patients
  • be able to make changes in your own workplace

Course team

Dr Paul Robinson

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.

Professor Alastair Forbes

Professor Alastair Forbes

In 2014 Alastair took up a new position as Professor of Medicine and Academic Lead for Gastroenterology and Nutrition in the Norwich Medical School of the University of East Anglia. He's now Director of Postgraduate Research in the Medical School. He has been Education Director for the European Society for Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN), Secretary of the British Society of Gastroenterology, and Chairman of BAPEN, the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. He's an associate editor of Clinical Nutrition and has written more than 220 original papers, with a Scopus h score of 56, together with over 120 review articles, and contributions to many national and international guidelines.

Dr Darren Cutinha

Dr Darren Cutinha

Darren is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist.

Dr Simon Chapman

Dr Simon Chapman

Simon is a consultant paediatrician.

Course information last modified: 10 Aug 2021, 15:50