All the charities supported in this strategic area are funded from profits from Cytoplan. In 2018/19 £200,000 was transferred to The AIM Foundation.
A scoping study was commissioned in 2017, which highlighted the importance of good nutrition in determining the resilience of an individual to everyday stresses and susceptibility to chronic non-communicable diseases. The report identified a wide range of opportunities to use our funding to make an impact and selected to focus on prevention work of improving the understanding of the importance of Nutrition for Health amongst GP’s and other health professionals.
During 2018/19 the following 5 small organisations were selected for funding. The groups came together for a positive roundtable meeting in November 2019 and now The AIM Foundation is considering making further multi-year grants to continue the work of the individual organisations, as well as collaborative work, in 2020.
NNEdPro, a think tank and research consortium linked with Cambridge University and publishers of the British Medical Journal on Nutrition, has undertaken a survey amongst UK doctors and medical students to establish the need and desire for nutrition education. They have run a couple of conferences for doctors and other health care professionals and a roadshow. They have developed e-learning resources and published a new textbook. In December policymakers are being engaged in the campaign to improve nutrition in NHS secondary care.
Nutritank is a small start-up run by medical students in Bristol. They campaign to increase and improve nutrition and lifestyle education in medical schools. Their impressive effort has resulted in hundreds of students and junior doctors joining their movement and they now have branches at 26 medical schools. The public awareness was increased by being featured on Jamie Oliver’s Channel 4 programme “Friday Night Feast” and from his continued support.
Institute of Health Visiting, who train and maintain standards of Health Visitors nationally, improved their nutritional advice given to families with young children. With their grant they updated their training materials and ran 4 training days of Nutrition Champions to become advocates and leaders in their organisations, cascading the learning to their colleagues. Further courses are planned as there is a waiting list of interest.
Culinary Medicine developed and ran a range of evidence-based courses “Using Food as Medicine” for medical students and qualified doctors. Their clinical nutrition and practical cooking skills training delivered last year included: 4 weekly speciality modules at Bristol Medical School; video workshops for GP’s; and compulsory day training for all 5th-year students at UCL Medical School.
College of Medicine and Integrated Health were enabled to offer bursaries for GP’s in training at their Conference in October “Prescribing Food- Tomorrow’s Medicine”, which included looking at the relationship of food to major lifestyle conditions.