Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT-ED) [with associated supervisor training]

The Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT-ED) course was established in January 2021 in order to deliver training that meets the national Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Severe Mental Health Problems educational agenda for evidence-based treatment of eating disorders.


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The University of Sheffield course commenced in January 2021, to provide training in specialist cognitive behavioural therapy for adults with eating disorders (CBT-ED). This training is being run in two centres in England – Sheffield and London. It is funded by Health Education England in order to support the provision of evidence-based treatments in specialist eating disorder services and in other settings where the NHS funds treatment of eating disorders. The provision of CBT-ED training (as well as forthcoming training in other therapies for adults) is in keeping with the NICE (2017) guidance on evidence-based treatment for eating disorders. The course is delivered primarily online, to facilitate attendance.

Course information


A. Two years (part time) for individuals with no existing appropriate general CBT qualification.

B. One year (part time) for individuals with an existing appropriate CBT qualification (allowing for Recognition of Prior Learning).

Start date Late January, annually
Compulsory modules All modules
Placement All trainees will be employees of their NHS Trust or equivalent organization, which offers treatments to adults with eating disorders.
Entry Requirements

The CBT-ED programme is open to people employed within NHS Specialist Eating Disorders services or in other NHS/NHS-funded services that treat eating disorders. Their places will be funded by Health Education England (covering the North of England). Employers will be expected to provide one day per week to allow trained to undertake the course.

All applicants

Candidates must be able to demonstrate learning equivalent to level 6 higher education study.  This needs to be evidenced by a formal qualification, preferably in a health or psychology-related subject.  A candidate may have an undergraduate degree in a different subject, however, the course would require evidence of additional study in a health or psychology-related subject from the candidate. Ideally, this would also be at level 6, however, other levels of formal qualification in a health or psychology-related subject, in conjunction with a previous level 6 qualification, will be considered.

Qualifications Required
  • Year 1 - Qualifications required
    Candidates from registered professional backgrounds are encouraged to apply to the course and will find they have a variety of transferable skills relevant to the course and role.


    Recognised core professions are:
    Arts Therapists – Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered
    Counselling – Accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP), Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA), OR Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals’ National Counsellor Accreditation Certificate (FDAP NCAC).
    Medicine – Psychiatrist or General Practitioner, MBChB or MBBS, and usually PG training with a membership of MRCGP, MRCP or MRCPsych
    Occupational Therapy – BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, MSc Occupational Therapy, OR Diploma of the College of Occupational Therapists (DipCOT) and HCPC Registered
    Psychotherapy/ Psychotherapeutic Counselling – United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) Registered
    Registered Nurse – Mental Health (RMN), or Learning Disability
    Social Work – Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW), Diploma in Social Work (DipSW), MA Social Work, or BA/BSc Hons Social Work. Registered with one of four UK regulators - Social Work England (SWE), Social Care Wales (SCW), Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) and Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)
    Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical/Counselling Psychology - accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and HCPC Registered as Practitioner Psychologist
    Educational Psychology - Doctorate or Qualification in Educational Psychology Stage 2 (QEPS) - must have BPS Chartership (CPsychol) and HCPC Registration as Practitioner Psychologist
    Health Psychology – Qualification in Health Psychology Stage 2 (QHP) - must have BPS Chartership (CPsychol) and HCPC Registration as Practitioner Psychologist
    Forensic Psychology – Qualification in Forensic Psychology Stage 2 (QFP) - must have BPS Chartership (CPsychol) and HCPC Registration as a Practitioner Psychologist


    Candidates who do not have a core professional background and qualification are also welcome and encouraged to apply to the course and will need to provide a completed KSA portfolio at selection.
    A KSA portfolio has several criteria which must all be met by every applicant will be assessed by the University Course Team and must be successfully completed before commencing the course. There are some backgrounds which mean that the applicant has already met a number of the criteria, and can therefore provide a condensed KSA. Other backgrounds mean that the applicant must complete all of the sections. Further details on the KSA, and what sections candidates must complete, can be found on the BABCP website: and the clinical psychology KSA webpage:

    Candidates from a core professional background should demonstrate a minimum of 2 years post-qualification experience. Candidates from a non-registered professional background will need to demonstrate a minimum of 2 years post-qualification experience alongside their ability to meet the relevant criteria outlined in the KSA.

    Year 2: - Qualifications required
    You must hold a CBT or equivalent Level 7 qualification such as a PGCert, PGDip or MSc and hold BABCP Cognitive Behavioural Therapist accreditation

Course Content The Course is designed to train clinicians to deliver consistently competent CBT-ED, based on the core competences and meta-competences for anxiety, depression, complex disorders and eating disorders.All trainees will be trained in a range of different evidence-based treatments for those disorders, including CBT-E and CBT-T for eating disorders.  It is designed to meet the service needs of NHS-supported services working with eating disorders in the Northern half of England (North West; Midlands; North East, Yorkshire and Humber).
Supplementary supervisors’ course

Supervisors working with clinicians and trainees delivering CBT-ED are offered 5-10 days of training, including:

A. Some refreshing and updating of personal CBT-ED skills

B. Evidence-based approaches to supervision that enhance supervisee skills, focusing on: engaging supervisees to ensure adherence; monitoring progress and outcomes; sharing of skills and further learning; and long-term career skills and service development. 

The course is delivered primarily online, to facilitate attendance.
How to Apply Applications to this programme are invited via HEE, who contact local Trusts and services to determine potential candidates for the relevant service’s needs. Clinicians who are put forward by HEE will be contacted by the course to discuss suitability in terms of case availability and previous training in CBT.  While applications cannot be made directly through the University of Sheffield, potential employers and candidates are welcome to contact the course to discuss suitability and the viability of undertaking the training.

Teaching is part time, consisting of a full day of teaching (in term time) throughout the year. You will be taught by experts in CBT and CBT-ED, who are widely experienced in helping you to develop key knowledge and skills to deliver evidence-based CBT, to help you to enhance your patients’ clinical outcomes.

Each day consists of a mixture of:

  • didactic teaching on evidence-based CBT-ED and practical exercises (including role play, practical exercises and small group discussions). case supervision by the course team
  • self-practice/self-reflection groups
  • group tutorials (particularly to prepare for assignments

Guided independent study is also required, with time built into the programme for this.

Your development of the necessary knowledge, competences and meta-competences will be assessed through a range of methods, including:

  • essays
  • case studies
  • practical skill demonstrations
  • recordings of clinical practice
  • practice portfolio

The course is continuously assessed, with no written examinations.


All trainees on the course will already have NHS careers or equivalent posts in NHS-funded providers working with eating disorders.

Information for supervisors

The course will engage with supervisors of clinicians undertaking the CBT-ED course, to ensure case availability, etc.

The course is run in parallel with a supervisors’ course, to enhance their competence to supervise clinicians delivering CBT-ED. This is also funded by HEE for the northern half of England, and HEE oversee the selection of appropriate supervisors to attend this course.

Please direct any inquiries to the course administrator at