The 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. In particular, the NNEdPro Group has formal affiliations with Cambridge University Health Partners (recognised ‘CUHP Associate’) and Wolfson College, University of Cambridge.
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 instigates primary research or evidence synthesis (e.g. via its linked Nutrition and Vascular Studies [NVS] platform in Cambridge) and also promotes capacity building as well as ‘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 NEWSA
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NEW: NNEdPro Update from The American Society for Nutrition and Experimental Biology, Boston, USA (March 2015)
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NNEdPro UK Symposium and National Essay Competition (February 2015)
NNEdPro at The World Congress on Public Health in Kolkata, India (February 2015)
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***NNEdPro Course Endorsement by Cambridge University Health Partners***
***NNEdPro Group and Members’ Awards and Achievements***
***NNEdPro Presentations at Scientific Meetings (see below)***
EU-China Symposium on Nutrition and Diabetes, Shanghai, China
Centre for Public Health, Queen’s University Belfast, UK
Nutrition Society Postgraduate Conference, Cambridge, UK
EXPO 2015 Nutrition Symposium, Milan, Italy
WHO Collaborating Centre for Public Health Education and Training, Imperial College London, UK
International Congress of Occupational Health, Seoul, South Korea
Principal UK Hosting Partner
Ulster Hub Partner
The Need for Nutrition Education/Innovation Programme (NNEdPro) and Cambridge Research, Education And Training Enterprise (CREATE) are jointly incorporated as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, based in Cambridge, UK.
NNEdPro has formal affiliations with Cambridge University Health Partners (recognised ‘CUHP Associate’) and Wolfson College, University of Cambridge.
The British Dietetic Association (BDA) has delegated authority to act on behalf on NNEdPro and acts as the principal UK host organisation for NNEdPro’s virtual strategic partnership and networks (UK NNEdPro Group).
The two work hubs overseen by the BDA on behalf of NNEdPro 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 the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH), the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, Cambridge University Health Partners (CUHP) and Wolfson College, University of Cambridge.
The NEU and NCF represent Ulster and Cambridge based NNEdPro partnership activity, but are not separate legal entities and are not registered charities.
The MRC Elsie Widdowson Laboratory (incorporating the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey), which houses key NNEdPro members, provides a key UK knowledge link to the scientific evidence base.
The Society for Nutrition Education and Behaviour, of which NNEdPro is a recognised affiliate, provides a key international link to educational translation and evaluation strategies.
The views of NNEdPro may not necessarily reflect those of the hosting and/or key partner organisations.
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