Short courses


Medical Emergencies in Eating Disorders (MEED)

  • 6 hours
  • 1 day (9am to 5pm)


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 9am 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 of attendance (showing 6 learning hours).

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

Professor Paul Robinson is a psychiatrist with long experience in eating disorders.  He initiated the MEED process with the publication of MARSIPAN in 2010 and was lead advisor to the MEED working groups.  Apart from MEED his interests include community treatment of eating disorders, especially using day care, severe and enduring eating disorders and mentalizing based therapy for eating disorders, and he has co-written books on each of these areas.  He is currently consultant psychiatrist to Orri-UK and professor (teaching) at University College London.

Dr Erica Cini

Dr Erica Cini

Erica Cini is a clinical academic at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London and at University College London. 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 Fuller is a CAMHS Dietitian, based in Luton and Bedfordshire CAMHS, who specialises in Eating Disorders. She has recently been added to the British Dietetic Association’s (BDA) Roll of Honour in recognition of her ground breaking work on naso-gastric tube feeding under restraint as well as work on understanding veganism in eating disorders.

Adaeze Bradshaw

Adaeze Bradshaw

Adaeze Bradshaw is Consultant Psychiatrist, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT NHS) and Clinical Lead, East Midlands Adult Eating Disorders Clinical Network. Her interests are in community treatments of co-morbid eating disorder presentation such as ED / PD, ED / Chronic gastroenterological problems. Her other interest is in service development and digitalisation of health provision, therefore, she is actively involved with the East Midlands systems in their community transformation of the Adult Eating Disorder  services in line with the long term plan. 

Chirag Patel

Chirag Patel

Dr Patel is a doctor with extensive experience in Gastroenterology and General Medicine. He is interested in digital health transformation and has led digital health projects at various trusts. He currently works as a specialist registrar in gastroenterology at University College London Hospital.

Course information last modified: 4 Dec 2023, 16:23