Finishing touches are currently being made to the first ever CPD accredited online short-course for health care professionals on ARFID.
"ARFID: An Introduction to diagnosis and management" will provide education on the journey of ARFID, from diagnosis, to assessment and management, incorporating up-to-date research in this area, as well as information on practical management.
It will cultivate the imagination of participants through creative, thought-provoking opportunities for engagement, using a range of learning opportunities including toolkits, quizzes and online discussions to reinforce knowledge acquisition and application in practice.
This course is a collaboration between ARFID Awareness UK and the University of Winchester, and has been created by a multidisciplinary team with experience in practice, higher education and active in research. It intends to provide a reliable source of contemporary information on nutrition and ARFID related health care issues for Health Care Professionals.
Although the course has been designed with medical professionals in mind, it is open to anyone including parents and carers.
Dr Rosan Meyer (BSc (Hons) Diet, MSc Nutrition, PhD)
Dr. Rosan Meyer is a clinical academic paediatric dietitian, holding honorary Senior Lecturer status at Imperial College London, as well as Visiting Professor status at Leuven University, Belgium. She currently teaches on the Allergy MSc, Imperial College London, the MSc on Deglutology, KU Leuven and is an international guest speaker at conferences. She sees patients with ARFID in her clinic and is a trustee of ARFID Awareness Charity in the United Kingdom.
Dr Luise Marino (BSc (Hons), Post Grad Dip Diet, MMed Sci, PhD)
Dr Luise Marino is a clinical academic paediatric dietitian and Senior Lecturer in Nutrition & Dietetics at University of Winchester. Luise’s research interest aims to characterise the nutritional journey of infants/children with congenital heart disease (CHD), and how the development of integrated pathways for nutritional rehabilitation could promote healthy growth and reduce parental stress. Following an NHS England PEER review (2019), her work on the nutritional pathway developed to support growth in infants with congenital heart disease before surgery, was recognized as a national exemplar of good practice.
Dr Gillian Harris (Phd, MSc, Ba, AFBPsS, C.Psychol)
Dr Gillian Harris has carried out research into infant and child feeding behaviour and appetite regulation at the University of Birmingham, School of Psychology, UK, where she now holds an honorary fellowship. Her specific research and clinical interest is the development of food acceptance and rejection in early infancy and early childhood. She is widely published and has been awarded multiple research grants to support her research. She now jointly runs a private service for children and adults with ARFID. She is a trustee of ARFID Awareness UK.
Sarah Mason (MSc, MPhil, MRCSLT)
Sarah Mason is a speech and language therapist who has worked in the field of childhood feeding problems, primarily at the Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, UK, and latterly freelance as part of Birmingham Food Refusal Services (BFRS). This is a service that provides consultancy and training for professionals and parents of children with feeding difficulties, including Avoidant and Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. She a trustee of the ARFID Awareness UK charity.
This course has been endorsed by the British Dietetic Association (BDA) for 5 hours of continuing professional development. On completion of the course, participants will be issued a certificate of completion from the University. The course is open to those anywhere in the world.