The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at TUH has developed an eLearning module entitled “Nutrition Essentials Module for NCHDs and Healthcare Practitioners in the Acute Care setting”, which was launched yesterday, Thursday September 21st.
The Dietitians at TUH have years of experience in delivering nutrition education to doctors. Having identified large gaps in the nutrition knowledge of doctors, in particular new graduates, the Dietitians designed this module to ensure that doctors are able to identify the signs of malnutrition and the components of good nutritional care.
Many key nutritional topics are covered in this module which include malnutrition (identification and management), refeeding syndrome, and methods of nutrition support provision (oral, enteral and parenteral) in addition to addressing many common nutritional misconceptions.
Currently there is no requirement for health professionals, other than Dietitians, to receive education and training in nutritional care. Whilst this module is designed primarily for doctors, and is the first of its kind in Ireland, it is relevant to all healthcare practitioners.
This project was generously supported by the Meath Foundation. The module was written by Kate Muldowney, Senior Dietitian in Critical Care (primary author) and Sinead Feehan, Dietitian Manager. The content evaluation team was comprised of members of the TUH Dietetics Department and Dr. Paul Maguire, Medical Intern (currently in SJH). The technical team comprised of Tom Martin, Clodagh McLoughlin and Manon Van Alphen from the TUH Centre of Learning and Development.
The module is currently available for all health professionals to complete on HSeLanD.
Pictured are the module launch are: Siobhan Glynn (Meath Foundation), Manon Van Alphen (Technology Enhanced Learning Manager, CLD), Kate Muldowney (Senior Dietitian), Mary Hickey (Quality Improvement), Sinéad Feehan (Dietitian Manager) Tom Martin (Educational Technologist ,CLD).