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The UK Need for Nutrition Education/Innovation Programme’ (NNEdPro) is an independently incorporated 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’s Elsie Widdowson Laboratory (incorporating the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey), Society for Nutrition Education and Behaviour, Ulster University 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 leading Health Professions Schools, including Pharmacy. In Ulster, NNEdPro Group members deliver Nutrition Education to students and practitioners including Pharmacy. 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.

NNEdPro undertakes continuing nutrition education needs assessment relating to medicine/healthcare to develop, deliver and evaluate a range of innovative education and training interventions/packages with particular emphasis on effective delivery methods and healthcare impact. Overall, the inter-related aims of NNEdPro activity are:

  • Delivery of Medical/Healthcare Nutrition Education
  • Research into Medical/Healthcare Nutrition Education
  • Nutrition Research for Translation to Medical/Healthcare Education

In order to remain at the cutting edge of current knowledge, NNEdPro undertakes primary research or evidence synthesis (e.g. via its linked ‘Nutrition and Vascular Studies’ [NVS] platform in Cambridge) and also promotes Good Research Practice to enhance the translation potential of emerging evidence. NNEdPro uses a range of approaches 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. 

From April 2015, The Lord Balfe of Dulwich, a resident of Cambridge, is the first Honorary Patron of the UK NNEdPro Group


Current work and key themes/projects of the NNEdPro Group can be found here

NNEdPro 2015 NEWS


***NNEdPro International Summit: Medical Nutrition Education 2015*** 

Wolfson College, University of Cambridge (Saturday 8th August 2015)

***Full Coverage Coming Soon***


NNEdPro Group nominated for Complete Nutrition Outstanding Achievement Award (May 2015)

Click here for coverage by Complete Nutrition 

NNEdPro UK Symposium and National Essay Competition (February 2015)

Click here for coverage by British Medical Association | Click here for coverage by Complete Nutrition

NNEdPro at The World Congress on Public Health in Kolkata, India (February 2015)

Click here for coverage by Complete Nutrition


Further updates coming soon…

NNEdPro at The American Society for Nutrition and Experimental Biology, Boston, USA

NNEdPro at The International Congress of Occupational Health, Seoul, South Korea 


  ***NNEdPro 2014 News Archive***


 Principal UK Hosting Partner


Key UK Knowledge Partner

  Cambridge Hub Affiliations/Partners
  Cambridge Hub
cuhp-logo   Cambridge Uni School of Clinical Medicine       Wolfson_College_Crest + nameCambridgeUniNHS 
(NNEdPro Cambridge Foundation and Co-ordinating Centre)

Ulster Hub Affiliation/Partner

University of Ulster-2014 logo www edit
(Nutrition Education Ulster)

International Affiliation/Partner


The Need for Nutrition Education/Innovation Programme (NNEdPro) and Cambridge Research, Education And Training Enterprise (CREATE) are incorporated as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, based in Cambridge, UK.

The British Dietetic Association (BDA) has delegated authority to act on behalf on NNEdPro-CREATE and acts as the principal UK host organisation for NNEdPro’s virtual strategic partnership (UK NNEdPro Group).

The two work hubs overseen by the BDA on behalf of NNEdPro-CREATE are located in Cambridge (NNEdPro Cambridge Foundation [NCF]) and Ulster (Nutrition Education Ulster [NEU]), in the UK.

The Ulster Hub (NEU) works in close partnership with the Northern Ireland Centre for Food and Health (NICHE), Ulster University School of Biomedical Sciences.

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 NCF represents Cambridge-centred partnership and co-ordination activity, but is not a separate legal entity or registered charity.

The MRC Elsie Widdowson Laboratory (incorporating the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey) houses key NCF team members and 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.

***NNEdPro Organogram***