Overcoming barriers to effective eating disorder treatment: 4 eLearning approaches


By Skills for Health | 3 March 2023

Eating disorders are complex mental health conditions that can have a profound impact on an individual’s physical, psychological, and social well-being. Healthcare workers play a critical role in supporting eating disorder recovery, and providing effective care requires a combination of knowledge, skills, and sensitivity. To this end, eLearning courses can be a valuable resource for healthcare professionals who are looking to enhance their knowledge and their ability to provide person-centred care. 

In this post, we’ll explore the ways in which eLearning courses can support healthcare workers in their efforts to help individuals with eating disorders. We’ll examine a range of eLearning courses that are specifically designed to enable healthcare professionals to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to support eating disorder recovery.

Whether you’re a healthcare worker who is new to the field of eating disorder care or a seasoned professional looking to deepen your understanding and expand your skills, our courses will provide you with insights and actionable advice that can help you make a meaningful difference in the lives of those you care for. 

  • Mental Health Awareness: This course can help healthcare workers gain a better understanding of the impact that mental health conditions, including eating disorders, can have on individuals. By increasing their knowledge of mental health, healthcare workers can better support and empathise with patients who are struggling with eating disorders. This knowledge can help them provide person-centred care, identify early warning signs, and refer patients to appropriate services.
  • Privacy and Dignity: People with eating disorders often experience significant distress and shame related to their eating behaviours and body image. By completing the privacy and dignity eLearning course, healthcare workers can learn strategies for creating a safe and respectful environment that support the privacy and dignity of people with eating disorders. This can include issues related to confidentiality, informed consent, and the sensitive handling of personal information.
  • Safeguarding Adults: Eating disorders can have significant physical, psychological, and social consequences, and some individuals may be at increased risk of harm or neglect as a result. The Safeguarding Adults eLearning course can help healthcare workers identify risk factors, signs, and symptoms of harm or neglect, and understand their role in responding appropriately to safeguarding vulnerable adults. This can include issues related to recognising signs of abuse, managing disclosures, and reporting concerns. 
  • Safeguarding Children: Eating disorders can also affect children and young people, and healthcare workers may need to be particularly attuned to the signs of eating disorders in this age group. The Safeguarding Children eLearning course can help healthcare workers ensure the safety of children and young people who may be experiencing harm, neglect, or abuse related to their eating disorder. This can include issues related to recognising signs of abuse, managing disclosures, and responding appropriately to safeguard vulnerable children and young people. 

Mental Health Awareness

Privacy and Dignity

Safeguarding Adults

Safeguarding Children


By completing eating disorder eLearning courses by Skills for Health (the authors of the mandatory and statutory Core Skills Training Framework), healthcare workers can gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to provide effective support to patients and other service users. Empower your team to identify and act upon the warning signs by investing in our eLearning courses today. 


“The best thing about working in partnership with Skills for Health is the excellent support that is given, not only to the University, but also the quality of Skills for Health’s eLearning courses. The content delivered to students is a core part of our curriculum that is highly valued and is integrated in our learning offer for the future healthcare workforce. It’s truly a valued partnership to work with the Skills for Health eLearning team, between us, the students and Skills for Health.”

University of Bedfordshire 


About Skills for Health

Skills for Health is a not-for-profit organisation committed to the development of an improved and sustainable healthcare workforce across the UK. Established in 2002 as the Sector Skills Council for Health for the UK health sector, it is the authoritative voice on workforce skills issues and offers proven solutions and tools, with the expertise and experience to use them effectively.


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