Laying the foundations of nutrition knowledge relevant to clinical and public health practice
The UK ‘Need for Nutrition Education/Innovation Programme’ (NNEdPro) is an independent collaborative group for knowledge generation, translation and evaluation. The NNEdPro Group originally arose from the work of the British Medical Association representative within the Council of Europe Alliance (UK) on Hospital Food and Nutritional Care (2005-07) leading to the launch of the ‘Ten Key Characteristics of Good Nutritional Care’ and the Department of Health Action Plan (2007) which recommended the formation of NNEdPro. Since its inception, NNEdPro has evolved from a single project, into a multi-faceted programme with a broad knowledge management remit across clinical and public health nutrition.
The NNEdPro Group represents a strategic partnership between doctors, dietitians, nutritionists and other healthcare professionals, as well as educators and researchers. It is composed of several partner organisations including the British Dietetic Association, UK Medical Research Council Human Nutrition Research Unit (incorporating the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey), Society for Nutrition Education and Behaviour, University of Ulster School of Biomedical Sciences, Wolfson College in Cambridge and Cambridge University Health Partners (including Cambridge University Hospitals and the School of Clinical Medicine).
The University of Cambridge houses a world class Medical School, whilst Ulster University is home to a leading Pharmacy School. In Cambridge, the NNEdPro Group is responsible for the delivery of Nutrition Education to medical students as well as other students/professionals without a formal background in Nutrition. In Ulster, the NNEdPro Group delivers Nutrition Education to students and practitioners in Pharmacy. Nationally and internationally, NNEdPro develops, delivers and evaluates a range of Nutrition Education and Training packages for the medical and healthcare-related professions.
NNEdPro undertakes continuing nutrition education needs assessment relating to medicine/healthcare. Based on emerging knowledge and practice gaps, NNEdPro seeks to pilot and evaluate the impact of innovative educational interventions with a particular focus on effective delivery methods and impact on healthcare. In order to develop educational packages based on current evidence, NNEdPro also instigates primary research where needed (e.g. via its linked ‘Nutrition and Vascular Studies’ [NVS] platform in Cambridge) to fill evidence gaps prior to translation into policy and/or practice.
Overall, NNEdPro uses a range of educational approaches and related research/evaluation methods in line with the ‘Knowledge-to-Action’ framework, to address key nutritional problems of clinical and public health importance in the UK as well as internationally.
Current work and key projects of the NNEdPro Group can be found here
NNEdPro NEWS (2015)
From April 2015, The Lord Balfe of Dulwich, a resident of Cambridge, is the first Honorary Patron of the UK NNEdPro Group
***NNEdPro UK Symposium and National Essay Competition (February 2015)***
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NNEdPro at The World Congress on Public Health in Kolkata, India
NNEdPro at The American Society for Nutrition conference, Boston, USA
NNEdPro at The International Congress of Occupational Health, Seoul, South Korea
Principal UK Hosting Partner
Ulster Hub Affiliation/Partner
The British Dietetic Association acts as the principal UK host organisation for NNEdPro’s virtual strategic partnership.
The two work hubs for NNEdPro are located in Cambridge (NNEdPro Cambridge Foundation [NCF]) and Ulster (Nutrition Education Ulster [NEU]), in the UK.
The Cambridge hub (NCF) is the co-ordinating centre for NNEdPro and works in close partnership with Cambridge University Hospitals/School of Clinical Medicine. The NCF is an associate member of Cambridge University Health Partners (CUHP) and affiliated with Wolfson College, University of Cambridge.
The Ulster Hub (NEU) works in close partnership with the Northern Ireland Centre for Food and Health (NICHE), Ulster University School of Biomedical Sciences.
MRC Human Nutrition Research (incorporating the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey) provides a key UK knowledge link to the scientific evidence base.
The Society for Nutrition Education and Behaviour provides a key international link to translation and evaluation strategies.
The views of the NNEdPro group may not necessarily reflect those of the hosting and/or key partner organisations.
For information on sponsorship/funding for Phases 1-3 projects please see corresponding tabs.