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Background information

The PENG Clinical Update Course in Enteral & Parenteral Nutrition has been run annually for dietitians since 1985. In 1990 it was the first course to be validated by the British Dietetic Association.

In 2010 it was accredited at masters level by Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.

There is a four-day residential from 18-21 June 2018.

To be eligible to apply you have to: have relevant clinical experience at the time of application, not have attended the course in the last two years, have approval from your manager that you will be granted leave to attend.

2017 Course Feedback

“I found the PENG clinical update course an invaluable experience from start to finish. As I had never undertaken a masters level piece of work, I was apprehensive about doing so and the requirements for this. However, the formative pre-coursework and feedback allowed me to refresh my skills prior to attending the residential element of the course and completing the summative coursework.”

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Clinical Update Course Free Place Winners


2018 Winners

Congratulations to the PENG members who won a place at the 2018 PENG Clinical Update Course.

  • Clare SCHOLEFIELD St James University Hospital, York.
  • Charlotte BRYANT Queen Alexandra Hospital, Hants.
  • Hannah PILLINGER Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
  • Michelle WALDIE Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
  • Helen BEAGAN Northern General Hospital Sheffield.

2017 free place winners

2017 Winners

Congratulations to the PENG members who won a place at the 2017 PENG Clinical Update Course - here they are at this year's course.

Back row: Kerry Major, Bilam Patel and Rachel Edwards.

Front row: Quynh Truong and Caitlin Gilfinan


2016 free place winners

2016 Winners

Congratulations to those who won a free place on the 2016 PENG Clinical Update Course.

Back Row: Frances Bayley, Maria Cole, Rebecca Coates

Front Row: Rebecca Halsall & Lisa Hughes


2015 free place winners

2015 Winners

Congratulations to those who won a free place on the 2015 PENG Clinical Update Course.

Rachel Bracegirdle, Jenny Clark, Niamh McTague, Roberta Forrester, Annelie Shaw


Thinking about attending the clinical update? Perhaps you have some questions? Hopefully the below will help.

When is the best time to do the PENG Clinical Update Course?

If you are thinking about asking your manager about attending the clinical update it is important that you consider when the ideal time is to attend. It is likely you will only be able to attend once during your career. Clinical experience provides the baseline knowledge to ensure you can make the most of this learning opportunity. The course is taught at master’s level and meets the KSF requirement to demonstrate masterly knowledge in clinical nutrition support.

The BDA run two introductory study days on enteral and parenteral nutrition which may be more appropriate depending on your current level of skill and knowledge. We would recommend you discuss your CPD requirement with your manager to establish the level of learning to meet your individual requirements.

How is the PENG Clinical Update Course structured?

The clinical update course is a series of lectures followed by workshops during which delegates and tutors work through clinical scenarios regarding nutritional assessment, interpretation of fluid and electrolyte status, estimating requirements, critical appraisal, enteral and parenteral nutrition. The course concludes with a master’s level 15 credit module assessment. Historically we have stipulated that delegates had to be qualified for two years in order that they would have sufficient clinical experience to be able to get the most out of the course and contribute to the workshop discussions. However, in order to meet demand we have removed this application requirement but suggest consideration of the points outlined below:

  • Do you have adequate clinical experience to be able to contribute to the workshop discussions?
  • Have you identified differences between your practice and those of your colleagues and would like to know the latest evidence?
  • Are you interested in improving your critical appraisal skills to improve your understanding of the literature and develop your clinical practice or formulate policies and procedures in your Trust?
  • Do you want to develop your anthropometric skills to perform a through nutritional assessment?
  • Are you struggling to assess and interpret fluid and electrolyte balance?
  • Do your patients experience complications of artificial nutrition and you are not sure of the best evidence based practice to help them?
  • Are you keen to complete a Masters assignment?

What next?

If after reading this you feel that the time is right for you to attend the course then we look forward to receiving your application and together work towards ensuring best practice when providing artificial nutrition support for patients.


Clinical Update Course tutors

Clinical Update Course tutors