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Professionals working with children and young people in South Staffordshire and Shropshire will now be in a better position to help people with eating disorders access early treatment, thanks to upcoming training sessions run by Beat.

Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity. Their vision is an end to the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders. They are a champion, a guide and a friend to anyone affected by these serious mental illnesses.

Beat has partnered with South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT) to increase local knowledge of eating disorders and improve access to early treatment by training local professionals. Within the partnership, Beat will deliver six free training days across South Staffordshire to key local professionals and others who could potentially make referrals to the local children’s and young people’s eating disorder service.

Starting on 4 July, these free sessions will equip professionals with increased knowledge of the signs and symptoms of eating disorders, as well as the skills and confidence to appropriately address any concerns they may have about a child or young person.

Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses that can affect anyone. Especially if left untreated, eating disorders can have serious consequences for the physical and mental wellbeing of the person suffering. Early access to specialist treatment is key to ensuring the best possible outcome for anyone with an eating disorder. This training means more people will be able to support early treatment and help young people access vital specialist support at an earlier stage of their illness, before they need more expensive and invasive treatment.

Discussing the new partnership, Beat’s Head of Contract Services, Victoria Wortley, said:

“We’re so pleased to be working with SSSFT and believe the training we deliver through this partnership will be invaluable. Professionals working with young people are ideally placed to spot the early signs of an eating disorder. By equipping them with knowledge of what they’re looking for, we hope that many more young people with eating disorders can get the early treatment they need.”

Fiona Preston, Team Leader/ Dietitian for SSSFT’s CAMHS Eating Disorders Service added:

“We are extremely pleased to be working in partnership with Beat to deliver Eating Disorders Training across South Staffordshire. We hope that this training will promote eating disorders awareness in professionals who may come into contact with children and young people who may have an eating disorders"

The six free training days are aimed at anyone who works with children or young people, and could therefore play a vital role in spotting the signs of an eating disorder.

The training sessions will be held on:

Tuesday 4 July
Wednesday 5 July
Tuesday 12 September
Wednesday 13 September
Tuesday 10 October
Wednesday 11 October

For more information about venues and location please see the Beat website - https://www.b-eat.co.uk/support-services/in-your-area/sssft

Those wanting to find out more or register for one of the training days can contact Toby at Beat at t.upson@b-eat.co.uk or call 01603 753 334

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