BAPEN has invested in updating its Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) website and it is now live.

The new updated VLE platform and range of e-Learning modules it offers have been specifically designed to support the nutrition education of health professionals.

The modules enable all healthcare professionals to learn the basics of disease related malnutrition, nutrition support and nutrition related ethics. They also meet the requirements of the curricula for the foundation and core medical training years. These modules are free to all those who work in the NHS.

In addition to the free modules, there are two other types of e-Learning available from the same website.

  1. Education about nutritional screening and the Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool
    A ‘MUST’ for Care Homes (SCORM compliant)
    A ‘MUST’ for Primary Care (SCORM compliant)
    A ‘MUST’ for Hospitals (SCORM compliant) (These modules are free to all those who work in the NHS)
  2. Selected conference sessions from the BAPEN meeting 2013, 2014 and DDF 2015
    Topics include nutrition in cancer, dementia, HPN, eating disorders – a total of more than 30 modules. These modules are free to BAPEN members or have a nominal charge of either £5 or £10

Each module consists of: 

  • Introductory information
  • Case studies with integrated questions and further supporting information
  • Supporting resources to download, including the introductory information and relevant references
  • A final quiz
  • A certificate to print off once the learner has passed the quiz.

“There is now widespread recognition of the prevalence of malnutrition, and its impact as both a cause and consequence of disease, across the UK and yet we continue to see an increase in incidence levels and related costs*.   As such there has never been a greater need for more relevant training and education in this area.  We really hope that healthcare professionals will take the time to review our Learning Environment and take advantage of these excellent training modules that BAPEN is able to provide – many free of charge and others for a very nominal amount.”

Simon Gabe, BAPEN President

*In November 2015 a report, published by the National Institute for Health Research Southampton Biomedical Research Centre (NIHR Southampton BRC) and the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN), stated that the estimated cost of malnutrition in both adults and children in England in 2011-12 was £19.6 billion and is only set to increase with an aging population and the rising cost of health and social care.

For more information, interviews and comment:
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