Think Tank

Nutritank stemming from – a Nutritional think tank. Set up by medical students with grassroot research and action.

Current Aim

To gain confirmation from each UK based medical school that they will commit to increasing nutrition and lifestyle education within their medical school curricula as soon as possible or by the end of 2019.

Our Purpose

Watch the co-founders talk about Nutritank's purpose and vision

The Problem

Not enough time spent educating medical students and doctors in nutrition.
Doctors don't feel confident discussing nutrition with patients.
Not discussing nutrition with patients is a missed opportunity.

Our Work

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Medical School Nutritank Branches
Reviewing current national medical curricula within the AfN inter-professional working group tasked by the GMC

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Medical students signed-up and agree with our campaign
Promoting increased education locally within medical schools
Raising the issue within the media
Promoting research links

Our Think Tank Panel

NNEdPro

Nutritank are now part of the NNEdPro global knowledge network.

NNEdPro (Need for Nutrition Education Programme) – are an award-winning, interdisciplinary think-tank, training academy and knowledge network anchored in Cambridge which provides a centre for global excellence. Their work has focused on developing adaptable and scalable models for medical nutrition education combining clinical/public health knowledge with leadership training to aid implementation in healthcare settings. On another hand, they have also undertaken a range of primary research studies and syntheses to fill key evidence gaps. In addition, their international work has defined a common denominator of knowledge required to translate Nutrition to practice in multiple settings, whilst appreciating key regional differences. One of these gaps they are addressing is the need for nutrition education within undergraduate and postgraduate medical training.

This July NNEdPro have also launched the BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health which is a new journal co-owned by NNEdPro and the BMJ Group, launched at their 4th International Summit in Cambridge on 20th July 2018. The journal is dedicated to publishing high quality, peer reviewed articles that focus on diet, exercise and healthcare technology on health and wellbeing.

We are very proud to welcome this organisation onto Nutritanks Think Tank panel.

Operational Panel Members

Dr Minha Rajput-Ray
NNEdPro Medical Director
Prof. Sumantra Ray
NNEdPro Founding Chair and Executive Director
Dr Luke Buckner
Junior Doctor and Medical Representative

Supporting Experts

Dr Minha Rajput-Ray
Prof. Sumantra Ray
Dr Peter Foley
Dr Duncan Still
Dr Rupy Aujla
Dr Hazel Wallace
Dr Zoe Williams
Dr Anita Mitra
Dr Catherine Zollman
Dr Venita Patel
Prof. Trevor Thompson
Dr Ragnan Chatterjee
Dr John Sykes
Dr Michael Dixon
Dr Ali Kavandi
Dr Elizabeth Thompson

Organisations who Share our Vision

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question regarding our work and what we do, you may find it here.

Is lifestyle medicine advice effective in clinical practice?

To get 1 patient to quit smoking doctors need to advise between 50- 120 patients. However, to get 1 person to meet recommended activity guidelines doctors need to advise only 12 patients!’

How should nutrition information be managed in a multi-disciplinary clinical team?

Nutritank doesn't believe doctors should be at the same level of knowledge as dieticians and nutritionists. But they should have a level of understanding which allows them to advise patients on simple nutrition and lifestyle measures in looking after their health and wellbeing and then refer on APPROPRIATELY to nutritionists and dieticians.

How does nutrition and lifestyle medicine advice translate in clinical settings?

Motivational interviewing is at the heart of this. It is paramount to meet the patient in the middle and relate the information to their current routine. Common examples of this in clinical practice is for doctors to advise: - food substitutions and beneficial add-ons to increase the nutritional density of meals, e.g. can you add lentils into dish to make it more nutritionally dense? Can you get some extra steps in during your morning commute? e.g. getting off the tube one stop earlier. Can you find 5-10 minutes of relaxation a day such as; a walk through a park, engaging with green space or doing a mindfulness practice. Can you try and have a tech curfew and not look at a screen past a certain time?

If the AFN are already facilitating the renewal of nutrition in undergraduate curriculum why do the medical schools need to do anything now?

Previous efforts to roll out a new nutritional education curriculum have been curtailed by the fact that it was not made obligatory by the GMC for medical schools to introduce it into their independent curricula. That means it was not disseminated and applied to education practice. Obtaining voluntary buy-in from decision makers on an individual level is therefore paramount.

How can sound nutrition information be disseminated with so much misinformation and conflicting opinions?

Despite sensationalist media headlines which have led to pubic confusion and misconception around nutritional science, we have found that, there is in fact a general consensus surrounding which food is most beneficial to health. We don’t know everything about nutrition, and much is still being discovered, for instance the new studies around gut health and the microbiome. However, there is enough scientific fact around food, to benefit patient care, that the time for action and innovation is now.

Why has Nutritank centralised nutrition education over other pillars within lifestyle medicine?

Whilst nutrition falls under the umbrella of Lifestyle medicine, we believe that Nutrition is its own entity and should be prioritised as the first call to action. Firstly, it has the most misinformation and tension surrounding it. Secondly because the subject of the science, being food, intersects with just about every aspect of society, from cultural beliefs to socioeconomic status. It’s complex and multi-faceted. However, we would rather do something, rather than nothing. Therefore, we are starting with education and we want to empower as many individuals to initiate the conversation around nutrition and lifestyle medicine. 

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