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Medical Practices

The Focus on Undernutrition medical practice training is designed for identified nutrition champions who work in medical practices.

The role of the nutrition champion is to establish clinics to identify and monitor patients at risk of undernutrition, provide food first dietary advice for undernutrition and monitor nutritional supplements for patients who are not under the care of the dietitian.

Nutrition champions complete a competency framework, which includes the completion of an open learning workbook (4-5 hours) prior to attending a half day interactive master class which is delivered by a dietitian.

Learning outcomes have been mapped against the Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) and successful completion of the module contributes towards demonstration of achievement of the KSF core dimensions C4: Service improvement and C5: Quality and the specific dimensions HWB1 and HWB2.

Course aims

To enable the nutrition champions to increase their knowledge and understanding of how to identify, treat and monitor undernutrition in adults within a medical practice.

Objectives and learning outcomes

  • Identify patients at risk of undernutrition using 'MUST' nutritional screening tool both paper and electronic formats
  • Explain suitable treatments for patients identified as moderate and high risk of undernutrition
  • Understand how to measure a patientís height using ulna length and measure a mid-arm upper circumference
  • Understand when to use and how to monitor nutritional supplements
  • How to establish processes to undertake consultations to identify and monitor patients at risk of undernutrition and/or prescribed nutritional supplements