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Clinical Nutrition

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Clinical Nutrition

Understanding the background of nutrition for the prevention and improvement of chronic disease is essential to help people to reduce their risk of disease. This course blends an academic review of the evidence base connecting food and nutrients to the risk of lifestyle diseases with a simple and practical approach to helping people to adopt a healthy balanced diet.

If you are working in the field of health and wellness or an instructor or personal trainer interested in nutrition and its impact upon the body, then this short course could be exactly what you are looking for. You may simply wish to expand your knowledge in the field of Clinical Nutrition or you may want to specialise in supporting clients that have concerns about nutrition related diseases.

This unique REPs accredited clinical nutrition course is designed to offer you the most practical, effective and up to date approach to working with your clients to enhance their wellbeing through nutrition. The literature review and recommendations have been conducted by experienced public health dietitians and registered nutritionists and provides evidenced based conclusions which are straightforward, clear and remit specific.

The literature review provides essential reading for health and fitness professionals to consolidate their understanding of nutrition and chronic disease. The tutorial day provides an opportunity to explore the concepts raised in the review and to exchange views and ideas discussed in the course.

What will I learn on this course?

The course looks at many common conditions prevalent in modern society that have an established evidence base with respect to the nutritional influence on each condition. The purpose of the course is to determine what are the established nutritional contributors to the condition and how may nutrition play a part in the development of the condition or how may it ameliorate the situation for someone suffering from one of the chronic conditions? The common conditions covered are: diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, dyslipidaemia, arthritis, osteoporosis, gastrointestinal health, polycystic ovary syndrome and menopause. Also covered in the course will be: living with a long term disease; the National Diet and Nutrition survey; what people are really eating; the diet of Minority Ethnic Groups; working with clients; the Eatwell plate and how to apply it; helping a client choose their balanced diet; and how to promote balanced diets to help prevent common chronic conditions.

Who is this course is for?

This course is designed for health practitioners, fitness instructors and personal trainers that are interested in working with people with chronic or long term conditions. You may also have clients that are concerned about certain chronic health conditions and you may wish to learn more about how nutrition can play a part in exacerbating or ameliorating these conditions. This course will also be highly appropriate for those that are planning to work with exercise referral clients or are involved in community health and wellness programmes. Any health professional wishing to consolidate their knowledge with up to date practical advice will find this course invaluable too. This course does not qualify you to use nutritional approaches to ‘treat’ chronic conditions or to provide your clients with specific dietary advice with respect to their clinical condition. This is the role of a dietitian.

How long is the Clinical Nutrition Course?

20 hours pre course reading, followed by 1 day attendance (8 hours)

Where can I do the course?

We only run this course in our West London venue. 

What assessments will I need to complete?

There are no assessments for this course, However there is a compulsory workbook to be completed which can be found on the student zone.

What support will I get?

You will be supported throughout your studies by our expert student support team that you can contact by telephone, e-mail, live chat or Skype. This course is also supported by a fully interactive online learning package that is completely free with the course. 

What certificates will I receive?

REP’s Certificate in Clinical Nutrition and 16 REPs CDP credits.

Is this course recognised?

Yes all Discovery Learning courses are independently accredited.  The Awarding Organisation for this course is Skills Active the Sector Skills Council for Health and Fitness.  This means that this course is recognised throughout the UK and your REP’s insurance will cover you to teach this subject.

What are the pre-requisites?

There are no pre-requisites for this course unless you wish to register the CPD credits with the Register of Exercise Professionals (REP’s) in which case you will need a minimum Level 2 gym qualification or Level 3 Award in Nutrition for Physical Activity. Writing and numeracy skills are also required for presentation of course work.