FAQs – Eating Disorder Credential Cohort 1

This Cohort is for Medics only.

Whilst the pilot had a mix of medics and multi-professionals, a decision was taken to separate the groups for future cohorts. The College hope to have details regarding a multi-professional offer in late 2023. To be kept on the mailing list please contact credentialing@rcpsych.ac.uk with ED Credential Multi-Professional in the subject line.

No, medics from other specialties are welcome to apply. However, they must work a minimum of three sessions per week in an eating disorder setting during their time on the course.

  • ST4 
  • ST5
  • ST6
  • GP
  • SAS Doctor 
  • Consultant 
  • Paediatrician

Yes, if you work a minimum of three sessions per week in an eating disorder setting.

Day 1 Induction RCPsych 6 October 2023
Day 2 Training ED Faculty Conference 2 November 2023
Day 3 Training ED Faculty Conference 3 November 2023
Day 4 Scenario RCPsych 29 February 2024
Day 5 Scenario RCPsych 1 March 2024
Day 6 Conclusion RCPsych 6 September 2024

The course is for one year. There will be six hybrid learning days – including two compulsory in-person scenario days.

Participants of the credential will be allocated a trainer and participate in online case-based discussion groups every few weeks.

There will also be an online portfolio to be updated throughout the year.

No, the College will issue you with a trainer. However, we will welcome a trainee’s supervisor to act as trainer if they meet the criteria.

A certificate of completion from the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Please note that we are only able to award the certificate to trainees post CCT completion and only if the credential is approved by the GMC.

Not currently. However, this course will be submitted to the GMC once the approval process is open for submissions.

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The running and development of this programme was funded by NHSE. The College invites devolved members to apply but places may be dependant on availability of funding from their Nation.

All attendees are responsible for their own travel and accommodation.

Yes, if you work within the Channel Islands you can apply for the credential. You will still be responsible for your own travel and accommodation for face-to-face training days.

The College is holding an online Q&A with the ED Credential Working Group Leads. It takes place on 17 May 2023. If you would like to attend, please send an email to credentialing@rcpsych.ac.uk with 'ED Credential Q&A' in the subject line.

The deadline is Friday 30 June 2023.

No, however, the panel may contact you if clarification is required. 

Yes, to be able to complete the portfolio you will have to be able to demonstrate experience of all age eating disorders.

No, we welcome you to apply for the credential no matter how long you have been a consultant. Please note that the credential has been developed with higher trainees and newer consultants in mind.

Yes, you are still eligible for apply. However, the funding has been prioritised to those who are based in a substantive post.

Yes. If you both secure a place on the credential, we will be able to source and pair you with your own mentor.

No, if you don’t wish to, we will be able secure your trainee an alternative mentor.

Please express your interest via email to credentialing@rcpsych.ac.uk and we will contact you once the participant recruitment has completed.

Currently the credential is being funded by NHSE therefore there is not an opportunity for independent funding.

We have worked closely with the GMC in the development of this pilot. We hope that they will eventually approve the credential and that it will be awarded to those who successfully complete the pilot and have a CCT. However, there is no guarantee that it will be approved, and participants need to be aware that completing this pilot may not lead to the awarding of a credential. We will issue a certificate from RCPsych to all who complete it.

Yes, however, the funding will be prioritised to those who are working within an NHS post. If you are working within the private sector but dealing with majority of NHS patients, please make sure you are noting this within your application.

Yes, if the GMC approves the credential, you will be able to be awarded with an Eating Disorder Credential if you haven’t completed your CESR.