Registration for the East Midlands Mental Health Service Partnership Conference is OPEN

First Steps ED is delighted to be hosting the East Midlands Mental Health Conference which is a great opportunity for commissioners, providers and students to network and understand Mental Health and Eating Disorder service innovations, bringing together a range of the UK’s leading experts on a variety of mental health topics including;


Compassionate Focused Therapy
Eating Disorders Integrated NHS and Third Sector Pathways
Health Humanities and Well-being
Student Mental Health and opportunities for on campus support services and;
Perinatal Mental Health

Join us at our Partnership Conference, at the University of Derby on 4th September,
where we are bringing together the UK’s leading authors on Compassionate Focused Therapy,
Eating Disorders, Health Humanities and Student and Perinatal Mental Health.


Based on the success of our key-note speakers, research and policy work with international government’s health departments and research networks, take this opportunity to learn about their outcomes-based methods, practical tools and resources, and nascent service delivery across eating disorders care and mental health services. 

The Conference offers an ideal opportunity for you to network with professionals across a range of sectors and disciplines all working in the fields of all ages mental health and well-being to share your experiences with each other.

Engage directly with 200 like-minded professionals and peers, input directly to panel debate sessions and get 6 CPD Points. Each delegate will also receive a copy of our new Self-Help Guidebook produced and published in partnership by Happy Space and First Steps ED with conference sales being used to produce an additional 200 copies which will be donated to the schools, colleges and universities our teams currently support. Lunch and all refreshments are also included in the ticket price.

10% of net conference sales will be donated to Derbyshire Autism Service, another local charity set up by parents to support young people, and adults and their families affected by autism - with or without a diagnosis

Like First Steps ED, they also work with professionals across services to make sure that individuals and families affected by autism have their needs met and fully taken into account when involved with them.

Please spread the word amongst your colleagues or those who may benefit from attending the inaugural 2019 East Midlands Mental Health and Eating Disorders Conference.


This essential one-day conference on Wednesday 4th September will showcase early intervention and prevention care models and a range of expert-led sessions providing insight, guidance and examples of innovative practice achieving step changes in mental health recovery and Wellbeing.

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Patients and the public should expect to have access to early intervention and coordination for eating disorders, says NICE

The 2018 NICE quality standard (QS) on eating disorders focuses on promoting early access and coordinating care between services, and asserts ‘’A Coordination push’’ and ‘’Assessment aims’’ is required for care coordinated across different services following accepting the recommendations of a Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman report.

People with eating disorders often have additional mental health problems, for example anxiety or depression, and may be in contact with several health specialists. Communication between these sectors is crucial to ensure people with eating disorders are fully supported.

NICE says this should include a detailed care plan explaining how the services will work together. Moving between services may also cause miscommunication about a person’s care and people must have their risks assessed during these transitions, especially young people.


Professor Paul Gilbert

Compassionate Care

We are excited to introduce our line up starting with Compassionate Focused Therapy, and our keynote speaker Professor Paul Gilbert.
Paul Gilbert is the founder of compassionate focused therapy, and by attending this conference you will have the opportunity to hear directly from the leading author in this field.  Compassionate Focused Therapy is developed to help us understand our emotions and develop an internal compassion for ourselves so that we may approach our individual challenges in both a direct and less self-critical manner.
Paul Gilbert is nationally praised for his work on shame, depression, and self-criticism and has authored many books including: The Compassionate MindOvercoming Depression, and Living Like Crazy.  In his work he has founded the Compassionate Mind Foundation, a charitable organisation which supports teaching and research into the understanding and application of a compassionate focused approach to human struggles.


Professor Paul Crawford

Bringing the human back into
Mental Health and Well-being 

Professor Paul Crawford is the world's first Professor of Health Humanities, pioneering the field and launching multiple new research, educational and practice initiatives worldwide. He directs the Centre for Social Futures at the Institute of Mental Health and co-directs the Health Humanities Research Priority Area at The University of Nottingham.

Paul defines this fast-growing field as the application of the arts and humanities in interdisciplinary research, education and social action to inform and transform health and social care, health or well-being.

It aims to be inclusive of viewpoints and contributions from within and beyond medicine; value the experiences and resources of the public; and explore diverse approaches to achieving, maintaining or recovering quality of life; and delivering positive mental health.

The International Health Humanities Network provides a global platform for innovative humanities scholars, medical, health and social care professionals, voluntary sector workers and creative practitioners to join forces. As policymakers strive to build healthier societies, Nottingham can demonstrate real impact and relevance, not least in providing new evidence and insights for those commissioning or working in population health.

As Paul continues to expand his innovative practice of Health Humanities internally, his latest collaboration Svindseth, M.F. & Crawford, P. (2019) Humiliation: Mental Health and Public Shame is available through Emerald Publishing HERE

Dr Ian Frampton
Neurobiology of Eating Disorders

Dr Ian Frampton
is a paediatric psychologist with a background in clinical neuroscience. His research concerns the effects of the environment on brain development and hence on childhood physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Dr Frampton’s main research methodologies include functional neuroimaging as well as clinical studies of intervention programmes for children and young people. He holds a position as Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Neuropsychology at Great Ormond St. Hospital for the Children NHS Trust, and is developing work in a number of areas with colleagues at the Centre for Clinical Neuropsychology Research at the University of Exeter, and Eating Disorders Research Team, Oslo University Hospital, Norway.

Dr Dominique Thomson
Taking Student Mental Health
and Wellbeing to a higher level

Dominique Thompson was part of the Student Mental Health Services Task Group that published new national guidance for closer working between NHS and Universities "Minding Our Future" with almost 20 years as a GP working in Student Health Services.

Dominique is a Clinical Adviser to the Royal College of GPs and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on the Eating Disorders Guidelines Development Committee which produced the current 2017 national guidance. Dominique co-authored the section on eating disorders for the 7th Edition of Practical General Practice (Elsevier) to be published August 2019.

Her 2018 TEDxBath talk entitled "What I learnt from 78,000 GP consultations with university students" described some of the reasons for the increase in demand for mental health support alongside actions to reduce the pressure on young people.

Dominique's second TEDx talk 'Understanding the Why’ was recorded this April and covers the topic of Self Harming Behaviours in Young People.

She has also recently published 4 short guides on mental health topics for students- The Student Wellbeing Series (Trigger Press) which available HERE

Tegan Creedy and Dr Hugo Layard Horsfall
Students Mental Health and Wellbeing

Dr Hugo Layard Horsfall is an Academic Foundation Doctor at the University of Cambridge, pursuing a career in neurosurgery. Hugo has won numerous national awards and several publications for work on neurosurgery. He is also involved in medical education, as Director of Project Cutting Edge - a surgical education company offering pragmatic career advice, whilst combing holistic guidance for medical students and doctors - and is Co-Chair of MSICo, researching the efficacy of the undergraduate curriculum. Hugo’s passion for mental well-being stemmed from founding Happy Space with colleagues in 2014 and he embodies the organisations core messages in all that he pursues.

Tegan Creedy attended King’s College London and gained a First Class Honours degree in Law, winning both the Dickson Poon School of Law and Kaplan Prizes for outstanding academic achievement. In addition to her traditional studies, Tegan was highly active in University life; from rowing to a capella, Tegan always found team sport, or a musical outlet, highly beneficial. Tegan’s musical interests have also enabled her to travel; having won the John Goddard Award whilst in College, Tegan was able to volunteer in Bolivia, leading music therapy sessions for visually impaired children. Tegan co-founded Happy Space, balancing her passion for mental well-being alongside her training contract at Latham & Watkins, widely regarded as one of the most prestigious law firms in the world.

Happy Space

Happy Space is a charity that helps students identify the stressors during transitional phases, such as between sixth form and University, and to facilitate students to ask and answer the question “Why don’t I feel okay”?, thereby helping students reach their own Happy Space.

Their mission is supported by their beautiful and current guidebooks focusing on five key factors: Mind, Body, Food, Finance and Creativity - written by respective experts in their field.

Happy Space also focuses on younger ages too, including the transition to secondary school and college. They have partnerships with various schools and colleges, creating bespoke and interactive guidebooks and running annual talks.

Happy Space is committed to helping students become conscientious and form good habits early to ensure good self-care later in life.


Ifti Majid  

Chief Executive Officer

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Mental Health Care Models 

Eating Disorders in Student Services 

In its 4th year of delivery hear how EDISS has been supporting College and University students whilst studying at Nottingham Trent University, University of Nottingham, Loughborough University, and Chesterfield College with on campus support for their disordered eating and eating disorders.

Dr Jane Temple

Consultant in Special Care Dentistry, Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust, and Training Programme Director for Special Care Dentistry East Midlands Deanery, working with First Steps ED on providing Dentists and Dental staff with eating disorders CPD training opportunities.

Gill McKay & Hannah Yeomans

Gill McKay is the Clinical Director, and Hannah Yeomans, Community Parent Coordinator, at Ripplez CIC supporting Parental and Infant Mental Health through Family Nurse and Community Parent Programmes.

Gill has a background in Nursing, Midwifery, Health Visiting and her role as Clinical Director at Ripplez CIC entails overseeing the delivery of care to children, young people and families across Derby City and Derbyshire.

As a Queen’s Nurse Gill is committed to ensuring Person-Centered and Coordinated Care through leading evidence based Family Nursing and Community Parent (Peer Mentoring) programs. These specialist interventions support young parents and their children with aspects of Adolescent, Maternal and Infant Mental Health. Gill sees the heart of her role as listening to the voice of children/young people and ensuring they receive high quality, compassionate care.

Dr Lucia Whitney

Consultant CAMHS Psychiatrist, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, specialising in Eating Disorders and Autistic Spectrum Disorder and our inspiration to donate 10% of all conference ticket sales to Derbyshire's Autism Charity where Lucia was previously a Trustee.  

At First Steps ED we support boys and a growing number of girls with Autism and Eating Disorders through family based support and also with Schools where our staff provide one-to-one peer support to young people in the school environment.



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