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 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) 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, 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.
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. 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
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. 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 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 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.
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.
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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 and Ulster, in the UK.
The Cambridge hub (University of Cambridge, Cambridge University Hospitals and MRC Human Nutrition Research) is the overall co-ordinating centre for NNEdPro.
The views of the NNEdPro group may not necessarily reflect those of the hosting and/or key partner organisations.