The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Tallaght University Hospital (TUH) has just launched a new eLearning course for doctors. It is called, “Nutrition Essentials for Non Consultant Hospital Doctors and Healthcare Practitioners in the Acute Care setting.” This course is the first of its kind in Ireland.
The dietitians at TUH have years of experience in delivering nutrition education to doctors. They 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 including 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, it is relevant to all healthcare practitioners.
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 Saint James Hospital). The technical team comprised 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 the HSeLanD online platform. This project was generously supported by the Meath Foundation.