Adult eating disorder clinicians to benefit from new £471k training model

A training programme, which has been co-developed by King’s College London (KCL) has been awarded a three-year, £471,000 contract to design and deliver up-skilling for adult eating disorder services.

The Maudsley Model of Anorexia Nervosa Treatment for Adults (MANTRA) programme, which is being contracted by Health Education England, will be rolled out across the country, aiming to help with the training of experienced clinicians.

MANTRA is described as a “structured individual psychotherapy with integrated carer support for adults with anorexia nervosa, and is one of three NICE-recommended therapies to be used as a first-line treatment for anorexia nervosa.”

Delivered by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s, and London Maudsley Learning at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), it’s hoped the contract will contribute to improved care for patients using the services.

King’s adds that, “it will ensure patients can benefit from evidenced-based interventions in line with the MANTRA curriculum and competencies”, and will be aimed at “qualified practitioners with a core mental health profession…who work in specialist adult or all-age eating disorder services.”

Collaboration with service users and carers is a feature of the programme, which begins delivery of training in March 2022 with 45 trainees from across NHS services in England. Further deliveries will see up 90 healthcare professionals trained each year.

Find out more about the programme, here.