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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 – Link between Autism and Eating disorders update?

Professor Kate Tchanturia (Consultant Clinical Psychologist/ Principal Investigator of PEACE Pathway, King’s College London)

10:25 Adapting Foodservice to Support Treatment and Recovery

Kate Williams (Dietetic adviser to the PEACE project)

10:50 Implementing new strategies in the dining room

Philippa Croft (Assistant Psychologist in the national ED inpatient ward)

11:10 Sensory workshops developed in the PEACE pathway

Cindy Toloza and Victoria Holetic (Assistant Psychologists Outpatient and day care services)

11:25 Case Study

Jess Webb (Assistant Psychologist in the national ED inpatient ward)

11:50 Question & Answer

12.10 Lunch

13:00 Sensory workshops as a body positive activity

Dr Claire Baillie (Senior Chartered Counselling Psychologist, SLaM)

13:20 Carers need support: Let’s Collaborate

Madeleine Oakley (PEACE Carers Champion/Psychotherapist)

13.40 Personal experience


14:00 What we have learned from case series on PEACE pathway?

Zhuo Li (PhD candidate/PEACE project manager)

14:25 Extending the reach of the PEACE pathway to Children and Young People

Joanna Holliday Laura Marshall, Laura MacKenzie and Kim Hoffman (Thames Valley team)

14:50 Question & Answer

15:15 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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