Introduction to Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Eating Disorders

The course is an introduction for Dietitians new to the area of mental health, learning disability and eating disorders, with a very practical emphasis on improving skills and applying knowledge to increase confidence and decision making in these clinical areas.


To give a broad overview of the role of the Dietitian in working with mental health, learning disabilities and eating disorders patients; using a case study approach to focus on key nutritional, medical, social and psychological approaches used within these specific client groups.

To enable students to make informed decisions about multi-disciplinary team (MDT) involvement, risk, communication, treatment and safe, effective working with these client groups.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Critically discuss the role of the Dietitian in mental health, learning disabilities and eating disorders settings
  • Select appropriate information and support for working within your chosen area
  • Describe some of the key nutritional, psychological, medical and social issues arising with these client groups

Discuss how you will apply this knowledge in

  • Assessing, signposting and goal setting
  • MDT working and communication
  • Safe and effective working

Upcoming Dates