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Treating eating disorders

09 November 2010

Clinicians and health workers at the forefront of treating eating disorders in Wales can learn from academics, their colleagues and sufferers of the condition as part of a new postgraduate module offered at Cardiff University.

The Collaborative Working in Eating Disorders module, run by the University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies is the first of its kind in Wales and supports the implementation of the recent Welsh Assembly Government’s Eating Disorders: A Framework for Wales.

Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are serious and enduring mental health problems often affecting sufferers’ physical, social and psychological wellbeing. In severe cases eating disorders can have life-threatening complications. In Wales, more than 1000 new cases of the disorder are diagnosed each year.

Linda Cooper, the School’s Professional Head for Mental Health has led the development in partnership with Cwm Taf Health Board and Joy Jones, Lead Clinical Specialist in Eating Disorders. The new module will play a critical role in helping to establish a collaborative working ethos in the new specialist eating disorders services in Wales, highlighted in the framework. In particular the module will benefit those who wish to develop an applied knowledge and advanced practice skills with eating disorders, as they present within generic health, social care and educational settings.

Speaking about the need for the new programme, Katy Rawlins, sufferer representative from the Eating Disorders Module Planning Team said: "It has been very exciting to participate in the development of this unique course. As a long-term sufferer of an eating disorder I am really pleased to see clinicians, academics, students, sufferers and carers all working together in order to promote a true understanding of eating disorders. It is only with this kind of collaborative effort that we can think progressively and together develop a successful way to help and provide appropriate care for people with eating disorders."

The module takes an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and will be delivered in collaboration with eating disorder sufferers, carers, lead clinicians and academic staff. It will focus on four key areas - assessment and engagement, formulation, treatment plans and risk management. It can be studied as a stand alone module or as part of the School’s MSc in Advanced Practice.

Funded places are available for staff currently employed and nominated by the following Local Health Boards: Aneurin Bevan & South Powys; Cwm Taf; Hywel Dda; Abertawe Bromorgannwg and Cardiff and Vale University Health Boards.

Completed applications should be sent to the School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies by 19th November 2010. More information is available by calling 029 2068 7523 or by visiting the School’s pages at www.cardiff.ac.uk/sonms

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Notes to editors

1. Cardiff School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies
Cardiff School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies pursues the highest standards of learning and teaching through research, education and clinical practice.

Teaching at the School has been assessed as ‘excellent’ by government appointed panels and teaching methods are developed and updated to ensure that graduates are well-equipped to respond effectively to meet the challenges of clinical practice in the 21st Century. Students undertake clinical placements which are structured to maximise the link between clinical and theoretical outcomes.

The School undertakes theoretically informed and empirically rigorous research which stands at the forefront of nursing and midwifery policy debates at international, national and local levels. Collaboration is an important element of research activity with work often undertaken in partnership with communities and healthcare professionals. The main areas of staff expertise include work and organisation, health knowledge, long-term conditions, children and young people, genetics, mental health, patient safety and health technologies.

2. Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, University President Professor Sir Martin Evans.

Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Three major new Research Institutes, offering radical new approaches to neurosciences and mental health, cancer stem cells and sustainable places were announced by the University in 2010.
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3. For further information
Victoria Dando
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Cardiff University
Tel: 02920 879074
Email: DandoV2@cardiff.ac.uk