NNEdPro - Logo - Innovation - 2013-3

Laying the foundations of nutrition knowledge relevant to clinical and public health practice

The Need for Nutrition Education/Innovation Programme (NNEdPro) is an independent knowledge generation, transfer/exchange and evaluation platform. 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) and the Department of Health Action Plan (2007).

The NNEdPro Group represents a strategic partnership between doctors, dietitians, nutritionists, and other healthcare professionals. It is composed of several partner organisations including the British Dietetic Association, Society for Nutrition Education and Behaviour, the Cambridge University Hospitals/School of Clinical Medicine, the University of Ulster and the UK Medical Research Council Human Nutrition Research unit in Cambridge, UK.

NNEdPro undertakes continuing nutrition education needs assessment relating to medicine/healthcare. Based on emerging needs, NNEdPro seeks to pilot and evaluate the impact of innovative educational interventions with a particular focus on effective delivery methods. NNEdPro uses a range of educational approaches and research methods to address key problems of clinical and public health importance. 

Current work of the NNEdPro Group can be found here.



We are pleased to announce our  teaching session for medical and nursing professionals working in primary care, regarding hydration and fluid has been a success. If you are interested in further details please click here. For information on the overall project please see Hydration Education of Healthcare Professionals. 

At the BDA Vision 2014 on June 5th  in Birmingham, the NNEdPro Chair was honoured by the British Dietetic Association as BDA Honorary Associate 2014 with lifetime membership of the association. This honour is in recognition of contributions to nutrition and dietetics over the past decade at national and international levels through leadership of the NNEdPro Group. 

NNEdPro has recently hosted a visit by an interested member of the House of Lords.

In June, the NNEdPro chair was invited to speak at the United Nations General Assembly’s high level hearing on prevention and control of non-communicable diseases. The NNEdPro Group is now recognised by the UN. 

NNEdPro has been rated as a ‘highly performing team’ in an independent assessment by the BMJ group in 2014.

We have recently published several papers relating to our work, including: Nutrition education and leadership for improved clinical outcomes: training and supporting junior doctors to run ‘Nutrition Awareness Weeks’ in three NHS hospitals across England in BMC Medical Education and Nutrition in Medical Education: Reflections from an initiative at the University of Cambridge, Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare. Please also see our video abstract.


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Key Partnerships:
ClinicalMedicineCambridgeUniNHS  mrc_footer   UlsterUni
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Note: For information on sponsorship/funding for Phases 1-3 please see corresponding tabs.
The two work hubs for NNEdPro are located in Cambridge and Ulster, in the UK.
The Cambridge hub (University of Cambridge, Cambridge University Health Partners and MRC Human Nutrition Research)
is the overall co-ordinating centre for the NNEdPro Group.

The views of the NNEdPro group may not necessarily agree with those of the partners.