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Background information

The PENG Clinical Update Course in Enteral & Parenteral Nutrition has been run annually for registered Dietitians since 1985.

At the time of its inception the aim of the course was to enable Dietitians to consolidate and develop their knowledge of all aspects of artificial nutritional support. This remains a key aim today and the teaching on the course remains in line with relevant current literature with a strong emphasis on critical appraisal of the delegates own clinical practice. The course continues to provide delegates with the opportunity to share clinical experiences, develop practical skills and establish professional networks.

The clinical update course is aimed at experienced dietitians working predominantly in adult nutritional support both in hospital and in the community.

On successful completion you will be awarded with a 15 credit masters module from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.

The course will start in March, when pre-course work is sent out, and ends in September when the post-course assessment is submitted.

PENG would like to offer members a fantastic opportunity to


Funding will include the cost of the course and accommodation but not travel.

To be eligible to apply you have to be:

  1. A member of PENG during 2018-19
  2. Have relevant clinical experience at the time of application
  3. Not have attended the course in the last two years
  4. Have approval from your manager that you will be granted leave to attend

Applications should be made by completing the application form and emailing it to

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Closing date for applications is Friday 7th September 2018, the winners will be decided on merit of 500 words supporting statement in section in application form attached titled 'In 500 words or less describe what you hope to achieve by attending this course?'

Successful applicants will be notified by Monday 17th September and to guarantee your place on the course you must confirm attendance by Friday 21st September 2018.

Clinical Update Masters Course programme for June 2018

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Course Costs

£850 without accommodation.
£950 with accommodation.

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 free place winners

2018 Winners

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

Back row: Helen Beagan, Charlotte Bryant

Front row: Michelle Waldie, Hannah Pillinger

Clare Scholefield (not pictured).

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