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MarcellaUK
I only went to a 1/4 of the conference so I may well have missed all of the relevant presentations but I have to say that IN THE LITTLE BIT THAT I DID ATTEND there wasn't much, if any, talk of nutritional rehabilitation and the clinical team I heard didn't really explain their treatment protocols apart from the timing of them.

Please, please, if you attended more than I did feel free to correct me, but at the moment it doesn't seem TO ME, WITH THE LIMITED AMOUNT OF INFORMATION I HAVE, that BEAT were considering pushing for evidence based treatment and true scientific understanding of eating disorders as much as more nebulous "awareness" and understanding. 

BEAT are offering parents and other carers the chance to shape their services. If you are interested you can fill out the survey here and maybe let them know that there is already a large amount of information and support here Around the Dinner Table 

Fiona Marcella UK
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MarcellaUK
Addendum - having looked at the slides from the Newbridge talk I see that they are very clearly about food management and seem extremely useful. I do know more than one person who has had a negative experience of Newbridge, and I have to say that our experience of our local service, in part BECAUSE of their insistence on its evidence base, has been at best "complex" but it's obvious that nutritional rehabilitation as the mainstay of treatment was covered, if not in the talks I actually got to 
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littleblackdog
The Newbridge talk was definitely focused on nutritional work and help for families. The talk about 'splitting' was done by the nurse from Maudsley so although it was not about treatment, we know that what they practise there is evidence-based. The rest was mainly discussion around EDs, rather than the nitty gritty of the work involved and I guess that is because they assumed that a lot of the people there had an underlying knowledge and it was for professionals as well as carers. I did not get the impression that they were not interested in evidence-based treatment, but that might be because I assumed that is what they represent. 
Frankly, I didn't really care since it seemed to be a conference based around support rather than the day-to-day stuff. Evidence-based or not, what they had to say made sense, when it came to supporting siblings, helping families and campaigning for early intervention and recognition. If they went on to focus on treatment next time, then obviously, we want them to cover therapies proven to work, but that wasn't what they did this time. 
It would be pretty difficult to cover everything required in one conference if you focused on treatments, especially if you were looking at EDs other than AN. I am sure that is why they covered only aspects that might affect professionals as well as carers. 
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littleblackdog
Thanks Toothfairy. I really appreciste your input. Now go and have a gin and tonic and a long hot bath! xxx
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