Background information

The PEN Group Clinical Update Course in Enteral & Parenteral Nutrition has been run annually for registered Dietitians since 1985.

In 1990 it was the first course to be validated by the British Dietetic Association.

At the time of its inception the aim of the course was to enable Dietitians to consolidate and develop their knowledge of all aspects of artificial nutritional support. The teaching on the course remains in line with relevant current literature and there is a strong emphasis on critical appraisal of the delegates own clinical practice. The course continues to provide delegates with the opportunity to share clinical experiences, develop practical skills and establish professional networks.

The clinical update course is aimed at experienced dietitians working predominantly in adult nutritional support both in hospital and in the community.

On successful completion you will be awarded with a 15 credit masters module from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.

The course will start in March, when pre-course work is sent out, and ends in September when the post-course assessment is submitted.

Course Aims

  1. To enhance knowledge and understanding in clinical nutrition and metabolism.
  2. To design and evaluate clinically effective artificial nutrition support regimens in the management if common aetiological disorders.
  3. To further develop critical appraisal and analysis of the published literature relating to artificial nutrition support.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, the delegate will be able to:

  1. Critically discuss and interpret techniques utilised in nutrition assessment and the application of these in a variety of clinical conditions.
  2. Plan and justify clinically effective enteral and parenteral feeding regimens for a range of clinical conditions taking into consideration nutritional status, nutritional requirements and routes of administration.
  3. Evaluate the effectiveness of the provision of enteral and parenteral feeding regimens using appropriate techniques and considering clinical risk.
  4. Synthesise and interpret research data to enable the practical application in a variety of clinical settings.
  5. Analyse nutritional assessment and monitoring data using computer analysis programmes and critically appraise results.

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PEN Administrator PEN Group Clinical Update Course

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
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