Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) nutrition sessions

We work with course leaders in the Higher Education Institutions in Wales that offer the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) course, to incorporate evidence based nutrition messages for nurses training to be health visitors, school nurses and occupational health nurses.

This training takes a life course approach and focusses on topics that answer key questions raised by parents about healthy eating. Topics include the Eatwell Guide; recommendations for routine vitamin supplementation particularly for children and review of suitability of vitamin products for children not eligible for Healthy Start; when and how to start solids; small group activity considering factors affecting food choice including supporting eating well on a low income and public health nutrition and healthy weight messages.

Learning Objectives

The learning objectives for the 2 hour session are:

  • Identify the relationship between maternal/ parental and child obesity
  • Identify a broad range of ‘family friendly’ eat well & healthy weight messages
  • Explain current food & nutrition recommendations for pregnant and breastfeeding women
  • State the current guidelines for vitamin and mineral supplementation in the early years
  • Explore current approaches to complementary feeding and the associated evidence base

Feedback from participants

‘Great knowledge to put into my everyday practice’

‘I will be able to advise parents on evidence based infant feeding, advise on appropriate foods for children and the family as a whole’

‘Give advice to parents on giving vitamin D to their children’

‘Makes it easier to talk to parents and the advice on questions linked to food, healthy choices and it’s up-to-date’

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