The Public health nutrition intervention management bi-cycle: a model for training and practice improvement


Hughes, Roger and Margetts, Barrie (2011) The Public health nutrition intervention management bi-cycle: a model for training and practice improvement. Public Health Nutrition, 1-8. (doi:10.1017/S1368980011002011). (PMID:21859511).

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Objective: the present paper describes a model for public health nutrition practice designed to facilitate practice improvement and provide a step-wise approach to assist with workforce development.

Design: the bi-cycle model for public health nutrition practice has been developed based on existing cyclical models for intervention management but modified to integrate discrete capacity-building practices.

Setting: education and practice settings.

Subjects: this model will have applications for educators and practitioners.

Results: modifications to existing models have been informed by the authors’ observations and experiences as practitioners and educators, and reflect a conceptual framework with applications in workforce development and practice improvement. From a workforce development and educational perspective, the model is designed to reflect adult learning principles, exposing students to experiential, problem-solving and practical learning experiences that reflect the realities of work as a public health nutritionist. In doing so, it assists the development of competency beyond knowing to knowing how, showing how and doing. This progression of learning from knowledge to performance is critical to effective competency development for effective practice.

Conclusions: public health nutrition practice is dynamic and varied, and models need to be adaptable and applicable to practice context to have utility. The paper serves to stimulate debate in the public health nutrition community, to encourage critical feedback about the validity, applicability and utility of this model in different practice contexts

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1368-9800 (print)
1475-2727 (electronic)
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine > Primary Care and Population Sciences
ePrint ID: 207739
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2012 11:43
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:49
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/207739

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