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Nutrition and the critically ill (online)

This online course is one of a series of five from the Critical Care team at the School of Medicine.

The aim of this course is to provide you with evidence and guidance around nutrition and the critically ill.

This is a self-directed learning course, which comprises approximately 7-10 study hours. Content will be available all week for you to work through at your own pace.

Monday will include a live introductory session by the Critical Care team (10:00), which is optional to attend.

Enrol on this course

Start date Days and times
5 February 2024 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 February 2024

Who it’s for

This course is suitable for healthcare professionals who have an interest in the nutritional care of the critically ill patient.

What you’ll learn

On completion you should understand:

  • Guidelines which inform nutrition of the critically ill
  • Anthropometry in critical care
  • Nutritional biochemistry and common nutritional abnormalities in critical illness
  • Metabolic response to critical illness
  • GI function and feeding routes
  • Estimating energy and protein requirements
  • Nutrition and pharmaceutical management in the critically ill.


You will develop an understanding of the nutritional challenges and needs of critically ill patients and consider methods to promote the nutrition in the critically ill.

This course has been specifically designed to be delivered entirely virtually. You will benefit from tutor-led sessions, pre-recorded sessions and interactive exercises.

We encourage active discussion, so you’ll have the opportunity to network and exchange ideas with your peers.

We have limited the number of places in order to ensure that you receive the best possible learning experience.

You will also develop IT skills as you complete the course.


This online course is delivered via the University’s learning platform (Learning Central); the course includes recorded presentations and other audio media, written text, guidelines, recommended reading and web links.

The module team will be available to provide support and guidance via discussion forums. They will also run a live introductory webinar.


You will demonstrate knowledge and understanding through personal reflection and online tasks within the course materials.

This is one of a suite of five online CPD courses in Critical Care.