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We will be presenting an overview of our work, including outcomes, learning points and specially developed resources for clinicians and teams of health professionals working in this area.

The PEACE Pathway is an innovative Pathway for Eating disorders and Autism developed from Clinical Experience. Our research suggests that around a third of people with an eating disorder may be autistic, or present with high autistic traits. Whilst autistic people with eating disorders require adapted treatments, prior to this pathway there was no systematic guidance or support for clinicians working with this population.

With the PEACE Pathway, we have introduced a specialised treatment track for autistic people, and people with high autistic traits, in our national eating disorder service in South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. This has included regular support and supervision for clinicians, the provision of training in recognising and adapting treatments around autism, and an autism assessment pathway for individuals with high features but no prior diagnosis.

We hope that attendees will be able to take some of our experience and ideas back to their clinic and be interested in developing collaboration with our team.

If interested, you are welcome to purchase Professor Kate Tchanturia’s book Supporting Autistic People with Eating Disorders: A Guide to Adapting Treatment and Supporting Recovery.

Please see below draft programme.

10:00: Welcome – PEACE pathway progress and future?

Professor Kate Tchanturia - Consultant Clinical Psychologist/Lead on PEACE Pathway – King’s College London

10:25: Working with family carers of people with autism and eating disorders on the PEACE Pathway

Madeleine Oakley - Psychotherapist/PEACE Carers Champion

10:50: Qualitative evaluation of PEACE pathway. What Clinicians think?

Jo Zhuo Li - PhD candidate/PEACE researcher

11:15: Lived experience

Emily Nuttall

11:25: PEACE/FREED populations in outpatient therapy, focussing on therapy adaptions and supporting transitions

Emma Gluyas - Outpatient departments CBT therapist

11:50 Question & Answer

12.10 Lunch

13:00: Sensory workshops developed by the PEACE pathway

Elisa Zesch & Amanda Sarpong - Assistant Psychologists, National ED service SLaM

13:20: Purrble’s Soothing Touch for Eating Disorders and Autism: A Pilot Study on Integrating a Social Robot into Sensory Wellbeing Workshops

Dr Dimitri Chubinidze - Post-Doctoral Research Associate, King's College London and Honorary Researcher, SLaM

13:40: Dissemination of PEACE pathway - Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire West (BOB) project

Dr Joanna Holliday - Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

14:00: The Eating Disorders and Autism Collaborative EDAC

Dr Fiona Duffy - Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Senior Lecturer, Edinburgh University

Dr Karri Gillespie-Smith - Senior Lecturer, Edinburgh University

14:20: The PEACE menu and dietetic perspective

Jacinda Gower - Specialist Eating Disorder Dietitian SLAM

14.40 Discussion and close

Professor Kate Tchanturia - Consultant Clinical Psychologist/Lead on PEACE Pathway – King’s College London

15:00 Close

“A really informative and thorough conference. It was incredibly interesting to hear from the variety of speakers and the different areas of input. Thank you so much.”

“It is amazing to be taken through the start of the PEACE journey and seeing what has been achieved to date in helping to improve patient experience and treatment outcomes. It has been an interesting conference to attend. Thank you greatly to all the organisers and participants.”

“An excellent and imperative contribution to the effective and efficient delivery of services.”

At this event

Kate Tchanturia

Professor of Psychology in Eating Disorders

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