A recent training day for the Community Eating Disorders Service (CEDS) brought together a team representing Norfolk and one from Great Yarmouth and Waveney. The event at the Marriott Centre, Hellesdon Hospital, Norwich, included presentations from clinical staff across the region on the latest research and advances in eating disorders. Patients with eating disorders are said to have the highest mortality rate of all people with mental disorders and a presentation by Dr Jacobus Hamelijnck focused on ways of helping patients with chronic and long standing difficulties.
Jaco Serfontein talked about the management of Type 1 diabetes mellitus in people with eating disorders, and Dr Yasir Hameed presented clips from films and documentaries that can be used in the education and training of patients and carers. Dr Madeleine Tatham and Julie Dodd provided an overview of current research activities, including an exciting pilot project on cognitive behavioural therapy in eating disorders. One of the day’s highlights was the author and campaigner Katie Green’s presentation describing her own struggle with eating disorders. Katie’s recovery journey is documented in her graphic memoir Lighter Than My Shadow.