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 into a 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. It is composed of several partner organisations including the British Dietetic Association, UK Medical Research Council Human Nutrition Research (incorporating the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey), Society for Nutrition Education and Behaviour, University of Ulster School of Biomedical Sciences, Cambridge University Hospitals and University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine (further details about the NNEdPro partnership can be found under ‘Notes’ at the bottom of this page).
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 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
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TRAINING INNOVATION: 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. This training is now accredited by the Royal College of Physicians. For information on the overall project please see Hydration Education of Healthcare Professionals.
IMPACTS & OUTPUTS: 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 in the Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare. Papers currently in press include: Nutrition Competencies in Health Professionals’ Education and Training: A New Paradigm in Advances in Nutrition and Nutrition guidelines for undergraduate medical curricula: a six country comparison in Advances in Medical Education and Practice.
POLICY & PUBLIC: At the international level, in June 2014 the NNEdPro Chair was invited to contribute to the United Nations General Assembly’s high level hearing on prevention and control of non-communicable diseases. The NNEdPro Group is now recognised as a UN Civil Society Organisation and the NNEdPro Chair is a consultee for the WHO-FAO Framework for Action in Nutrition. More locally, the NNEdPro Chair has recently commented on the risk of institutional malnutrition as part of a live expert panel hosted by The Guardian as well as providing an interview on BBC Radio Cambridge, upon release of the recent NHS mandatory hospital food standards. The NNEdPro Chair was also invited to speak and chair a session at Food Matters Live 2014. At the recent General Meeting of the European Federation of Associations of Dietitians, the NNEdPro Vice Chair (BDA International Rep) was elected as Executive Committee Member 2014-18. EFAD represents over 30,000 dietitians in 26 countries. The NNEdPro Vice Chair has also been elected as a new Committee Member of the National Association of Educators in Practice (NAEP).
SPECIAL RECOGNITION: 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. This led to a visit by the BDA Chair and a member of the House of Lords to the NNEdPro co-ordinating centre in Cambridge. The NNEdPro Aus/NZ Advisor and Associate have been awarded an Early Career Fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, and a Sir John Logan Campbell scholarship from the University of Auckland, respectively. Both Aus/NZ awards are linked with NNEdPro Global Work.
Principal UK Host
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 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 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.