Guided Self Help for Eating Disorders
Health Education England
Published date: 10 October 2022
Last edited date: 10 October 2022
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Contract summary
• Education and training services – 80000000
Location of contract
Value of contract
Procurement reference
Published date
10 October 2022
Closing date
9 November 2022
Closing time
Contract start date
19 December 2022
Contract end date
18 October 2027
Contract type
Service contract
Procedure type
Open procedure (above threshold)
Contract is suitable for SMEs?
Contract is suitable for VCSEs?

Health Education England exists to support the delivery of excellent healthcare and health improvement to the patients and public of England by ensuring that the workforce of today and tomorrow has the right numbers, skills, values, and behaviours, at the right time and in the right place. We believe that the most important resource the NHS has is its people. Without a skilled workforce there is no NHS.

Eating disorders is a significant and increasing part of the mental health sector, one that requires a multi-faceted approach to education and training opportunities to support healthcare professionals working in this field. In recent years, there have been fundamental changes in the way we understand eating disorders; both as a society and in respect therapeutic interventions. It has been recognised that the skills to deliver high quality eating disorders treatment are required across many specialties, particularly general practice, paediatrics, and acute medicine. Upskilling the workforce is central to the strategy to improve access to a range of psychological therapies. HEE is currently working closely with NHSE/I to ensure the workforce has the competencies to deliver a range of evidence based psychological therapies to increase capacity, capability, and client choice across the system, and that includes eating disorder services. The aim is to ensure mental health services across England have access to high quality training to ensure the capacity and capability necessary to deliver evidence-based treatments. Based on evidence of effectiveness, NICE (2017) recommends guided self-help approaches based on cognitive-behavioural therapy (GSH-CBT-ED) as first stage interventions for such patients, with onward referral to individual therapy if the patient is not responsive to GSH-CBT-ED within sixteen weeks.

To ensure that Guided Self Help (GSH) is delivered to a high standard, reaches more service-users, and relieves pressures on the professional workforce, we need to develop a large cadre of Guided Self Help (GSH) facilitators working with clients with early-stage non-below weight eating disorders. A national curriculum has now been agreed for the training course, based on the best available evidence, through an expert reference group comprising expert practitioners, lived experience representatives, NHSE/I/ and HEE. 

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Previous notice about this procurement
Guided Self Help for Eating Disorders
• Opportunity
• Published 10 October 2022

How to apply
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About the buyer
Contact name
Anthony Oba
Blenheim House , Duncombe Street
United Kingdom

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