Short courses


Medical Emergencies in Eating Disorders (MEED)

  • 6 hours
  • 1 day (10am to 5pm)
  • 17 Oct 2022


This one-day online course is designed to help clinicians meet and overcome the enormous challenges of managing patients with life-threatening eating disorders.

The aim is to educate healthcare professionals on assessing and managing patients with eating disorders 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)
  • establishing a MEED-trained team in your place of work

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 (including emergency departments, 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 have contributed to the former MARSIPAN documents and the newly launched replacement for MARSIPAN, called MEED.

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 one-day intensive course taught online through a series of lectures and a workshop. It will run from 10am to 5pm.

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

Professor Paul Robinson

Professor Paul Robinson

Paul is a teaching professor at UCL and a consultant psychiatrist at the private eating disorder clinic Orri UK. He was formerly a consultant psychiatrist at the Royal Free Hospital eating disorders service where he wrote the books Community Treatment of Eating Disorders and Severe and Enduring Eating Disorders. He’s currently senior editor on a forthcoming Springer book Eating Disorders: an International Perspective. Paul produced the first version of MARSIPAN guidance for the management of patients with severe anorexia nervosa and co-wrote a book on this subject Critical Care for Anorexia Nervosa. Recently, he’s been working on the updated replacement for MARSIPAN, Medical Emergencies in Eating Disorders (MEED).

Dr Erica Cini

Dr Erica Cini

Erica is a a clinical academic at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London and at UCL. Clinically, she practices as a consultant psychiatrist at East London NHS Foundation Trust where she is the lead psychiatrist for the Eating Disorders Intensive Pathway for Children and Young People. Erica is also a clinical advisor to Beat, the national eating disorder charity. Her academic interests are higher education and eating disorders research.

Sarah Fuller

Sarah Fuller

Sarah is a CAMHS Dietician based in Luton and Bedfordshire CAMHS, which specialises in eating disorders. She has recently been added to the British Dietic Association's Roll of Honour in recognition of her ground-breaking work on naso-gastric tube feeding under restraint, as well as her work on understanding veganism in eating disorders. 

Course information last modified: 8 Jul 2022, 16:40