Growing Professional Competence in Nutrition

GMIT NutriPD Project

The NutriPD project in GMIT seeks to develop and grow professional competence in nutrition in Ireland, through the implementation of competency-based education in Higher Education Institutes and the creation of a network of nutritionists to highlight issues facing the profession and advocate for protection of the title.


NutriPD Community of Practice

A Community of Practice (CoP) was established in May 2020 to bring together those with a key stake in nutrition education and employment.

The aim of the CoP is to develop a network for sharing information and advocating for recognition of the registration process and Association for Nutrition (AfN) accreditation.


NutriPD Project - Education framework

The NutriPD project also aims to assess how competence in nutrition is conceptualised and develop a framework for the development of competency-based assessment (CBA) in education.

The main outcomes expected from this project are a greater awareness of registered nutritionists and their scope of practice in the community, and an increase in qualified nutritionists entering the workforce.



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