Eating Disorders: An Introduction for Practice, NU3148 Short Course

Eating Disorders: An Introduction for Practice, NU3148 Short Course
At UCLan, our post-qualifying framework (PQF) allows health and social care practitioners to continue their professional development and achieve further qualifications in their field. You have the opportunity to study individual modules in subject areas that interest you. You can select from a comprehensive and contemporary range of modules that fit your personal development and career plans; either on an individual basis or combined in a planned programme to eventually achieve a degree.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Short Course


Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:


Delivery Method:

Mixed Mode

Course Length:

One Term

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

April 2015 Semester 3.

Entry Requirements:

Level 6 – previous study at diploma level.

Course Content

Course Outline:

  • Diagnosis & Classification
  • Gender issues
  • Cultural diversity
  • Child & Adolescent
  • Assessment & Formulation Physical and mental health assessments
  • Family assessment
  • Care planning
  • Interprofessional working
  • Formulation frameworks
  • Therapeutic and treatment approaches Re-feeding
  • Enteral feeding & dietary requirements. Use of food diaries
  • Psychological therapies, e.g. cognitive behavioural therapies, (CBT)
  • Recovery and transition
  • Family focussed interventions
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Psycho-education
  • Interpersonal issues Therapeutic relationship
  • Managing self and others
  • Common themes Service user and carer involvement
  • Guidance- e.g. NICE
  • Influencing factors
  • Accessing additional support from various services (mainstream/ voluntary/ charitable)

The module provides an introduction to the key areas related to developing skills and understanding of the management of eating disorders across the age range for practitioners at academic levels 5 &6. It provides practitioners from a variety of backgrounds with valuable knowledge and skills development for working effectively with children, adolescents, adults and families in the both the community and as an in-patent.

This course offers students working directly with children, adolescents and adults a good knowledge around a range of eating disorders and considers evidence based assessment, formulations and treatment models. The course provides students with up to date information and will build confidence and expertise in this area of work.


Course Highlights



  • improves skills in practice areas
  • increases awareness and knowledge base
  • Improves employability in relevant areas
  • Offers accreditation towards their chosen study routes
  • Accessibility through elearn and blended learning options.


There are currently no similar accredited courses locally that offer this level of learning around the spectrum of eating disorders across the age range. The course will also offer an optional enteral feeding competency for practitioners who qualify.


Learning Environment & Assessment:

Elearn and blended classroom learning.

Academic Expertise

The course leaders are all qualified higher education teachers who hold higher level degrees.

Learning outcome & aims

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • Critically appraise a range of knowledge related to care and treatment of the person with an eating disorder
  • Critique a range of assessment and formulation approaches for the child or adult with an eating disorder. 
  • Discuss the therapeutic relationship in order to appraise the impact of this on themselves and others. 
  • Evaluate a range of current practices interventions and guidelines

Industry links & professional accreditation

To continue to develop skills in practice for nursing and health, social care, community and education sector staff and professionals

Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


UCLan is recognised for its outstanding course provision which gives students the skills, knowledge, and personal attributes necessary to succeed at the University and in their future careers. To find out more about the experiences of our students, read our success stories.

Progression Routes


Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE


For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

Post-registration Recruitment
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel. 01772 893836 or 01772 893839

Course information: Lisa Broadley, Lecturer, 01772 895190,

About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

Faculty of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 89 3836 / 3839