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Community E-Learning

The Focus on Undernutrition community e-learning:

  • designed for health and social care professionals working in community settings
  • comprises six modules with a variety of learning activities, video learning and downloadable resources
  • an assessment is completed at the end and a certificate is generated on successful completion

The content of the training is:

  • Module 1: Introduction to undernutrition
  • Module 2: Identification and monitoring of undernutrition in the community
  • Module 3: Prevention and treatment of undernutrition in the community
  • Module 4: Nutritional supplements
  • Module 5: Dietary assessment
  • Module 6: Referral to a dietitian
  • Assessment: Completion of two case studies and 10 multi choice questions

Downloadable information sheets and resources are available throughout the e-learning programme, including 'MUST', nourishing snacks, nourishing drinks, fortified drinks leaflets, ulna height conversion charts and care pathways. Throughout the e-learning there are hyperlinks to other resources for further information.

The community e-learning programme covers:

  • What is undernutrition, the causes, problems, cost and benefits of treating
  • Identify patients at risk of undernutrition using ‘MUST’ nutritional screening tool both paper and electronic formats
  • Understand how to measure a patient’s height using ulna length and measure a mid-arm upper circumference
  • Explain suitable treatments for patients identified as moderate and high risk of undernutrition using a food first approach
  • How to make recommendations for weight gain for people who are at risk of undernutrition and require a special diet, including diabetes, pureed and cardio-protective (high cholesterol)
  • Understand when to use and how to monitor nutritional supplements
  • Understand how to complete a dietary assessment
  • How to provide advice on balanced eating according to the “Eat Well Plate” which is suitable for undernutrition
  • Understand when to refer to a dietitian
  • Implement their professional responsibilities in regards to the national guidelines and recommendations