Our D-Ability Network has arranged a number of events to help raise awareness of eating disorders and neurodiversity over the coming weeks.

Eating Disorder Awareness Week:

On Wednesday 1st March, a stall will be held in The Hub on-site at the QE Hospital between 12:00pm – 1:30pm, and will help the organisation to mark Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2023. #TeamGateshead colleagues can pop along to the stall for signposting to relevant support agencies and receive resources which may benefit:

  • You and your loved ones, or someone you care for outside work that lives with the disability
  • You to become a supportive manager or colleague when working alongside someone with living or lived experience
  • You to care for your patients with eating disorders and would like more information concerning their management in an acute setting
  • You if you are struggling with an eating disorder and don’t know where to access help

Immediately following the stall, a training session on eating disorders will be available in the QEF Training Room (near The Hub) between 2:00pm – 4:00pm. Amongst the training:

  • We have invited one of the region’s leading clinical psychologists, employed by Richardson Eating Disorder Service Newcastle
  • We shall hear from those with lived experience, from the patient perspective as well as their carer’s
  • And you are invited to join us for a delicious afternoon tea (with a twist!)

If you are unable to attend in person, you can also request the Teams link by emailing [email protected] or [email protected]. The teams link will also offer anonymity if preferred via a guest sign in.

Elsewhere, our Listening Space has taken delivery of literature in relation to eating disorders from the Library team.  This literature is available now and will be in the space until 6th March. Please complete the loan form located under the television if borrowing a book. The Listening Space is accessible to all staff via ID Badge entry. To activate your badge please visit the QEF admin desk at the main entrance or ECC Reception.

Neurodiversity Week:

We will also be celebrating our 2nd Neurodiversity Day on 1st March. Please visit our stall to speak to Amy Cole, Michelle Newton, & Jess Boyce for various neurodiversity resources, to access information and learn more about training options.

There will be free chocolates, cupcakes, cookies, and a chance to win prizes – books & free tickets to Acceptance matters virtual conference, when you take part in our awareness competition!

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