The Need for Nutrition Education/Innovation Programme (NNEdPro) is an award-winning and 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, particularly in the Allied Health Professions. 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
  • Building Capacity and Policy Impact in Medical/Healthcare Nutrition for Practitioners, Researchers and Educators

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 [NNEdPro Global]. 

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


***NNEdPro 2015 Highlights***

***NNEdPro appoints its first Honorary Patron in April 2015, The Lord Balfe of Dulwich, a resident of Cambridge***

**NNEdPro Group Wins the UK Complete Nutrition 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award***

***NNEdPro Key Members in UK and Internationally, Win Multiple Personal Excellence Awards***

***NNEdPro Main Educational Course Package Successfully Endorsed by Cambridge University Health Partners (CUHP)***

***NNEdPro Chair Elected as a Governing Body Fellow of Wolfson College at the University of Cambridge***

***NNEdPro Incorporates and becomes Affiliated with both CUHP and Wolfson College in Cambridge***

***NNEdPro 2015 Key Publications include the Journal of Biomedical Education Special Issue on Nutrition (Click here)***

***NNEdPro 2015 Impact through Presentations (including invited) at over 30 Scientific Meetings (see below)***

Keynote Presentation by NNEdPro Chair, Dr S Ray, at the British Medical Association Research Awards Ceremony (November 2015)SR BMA 2015

***UK and International Scientific Meetings Organised by NNEdPro over 2015*** 

UK Symposium and National Essay Competition (February 2015)

Covered by British Medical Association and Complete Nutrition

Seminar Series and Satellite Meetings at The World Congress on Public Health in Kolkata, India (February 2015) 

Covered by Complete Nutrition

Mini-Symposia and Presentations at The American Society for Nutrition and Experimental Biology, Boston, USA (March 2015) 

Click here for coverage

International Summit on Medical Education and Research (August 2015) 

Click here for coverage and also covered by Complete Nutrition


***UK and International Scientific Meeting Presentations by NNEdPro over 2015***

International Obesity Summit – London, UK (Apr 2015) 

European Conference on Obesity – Prague, Czech Republic (May 2015)

International Congress of Occupational Health – Seoul, Korea (Jun 2015)

WHO Collaborating Centre for Public Health Education and Training – Imperial College, UK (Jun 2015)

EXPO 2015 Nutrition Symposium – Milan, Italy (Jun 2015) 

Nutrition Society Postgraduate Conference – Cambridge, UK (Sep 2015)

Centre for Public Health – Queen’s University Belfast, UK (Sep 2015)

EU-China Symposium on Nutrition and Diabetes – Shanghai, China (Sep 2015)

Cambridge Institute for Public Health Conference – Cambridge, UK (Oct 2015)

European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians Conference – Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Oct 2015)

International Conference on Polyphenols and Health – Tours, France (Oct 2015)

International Conference of Primary Care and Public Health – Imperial College London, UK (Oct 2015)

British Medical Association Annual Research Awards – London, UK (Nov 2015)

Food Matters Live – London, UK (Nov 2015)

European Parliament – Brussels, Belgium (Nov 2015)

Annual Research Symposium of the British Dietetic Association – Birmingham, UK (Dec 2015)

***Archive of NNEdPro 2014 Highlights***


 Principal UK Hosting Partner


  Cambridge Hub Partners
  Cambridge Hub
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(NNEdPro Cambridge Foundation and Co-ordinating Centre)

Ulster Hub Partner

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(Nutrition Education Ulster)

UK Knowledge Partner

International Knowledge 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 formally recognised ‘Affiliate’, provides a key international knowledge link to educational translation and evaluation strategies.

The NNEdPro Group was also recognised as a United Nations’ Civil Society Organisation for the Non-Communicable Diseases Round Table (June 2014).

The views of NNEdPro 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***