As one of few UK universities with a dietitian or nutritionist as part of the teaching team within its medical school, Aston University is regarded as a pioneer in nutrition education of the future healthcare workforce. These skills are now being developed to benefit the training of other healthcare professionals.
Dr Mellor added: “As one of a few dietitians and nutritionists embedded into the teaching team at Aston Medical School, we have been able to integrate nutrition across our curriculum.
“It is great to be able to highlight how nutrition links to the basic science areas such as biochemistry through to how you can encourage a patient to think about changing their diet in clinical skills.”
Aston University, along with the Association for Nutrition, has also started to explore potential need for nutrition education in other professions. From this an outline of a core curriculum for nutrition for a range of health professionals is in development.
Dr Mellor also plans to work with colleagues to further develop nutrition teaching at Aston University, therefore helping students across subjects such as optometry and pharmacy to gain a better understanding of nutrition and how it impacts on their areas of expertise.
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