NICE 2015 suggests that commissioners and providers of services for people with coeliac disease should work together to develop a local service model for follow up care. The model could have access to specialist dietitians or pharmacy based support and could cover developing the skills and knowledge of healthcare professionals in coeliac disease using training. For example, dietitians could attend aBritish Dietetic Association accredited training courses and community pharmacists could access the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education online training.
British Dietetic Association (BDA) accredited training
Coeliac UK has developed a post-registration course for dietitians providing an overview of the management of coeliac disease and the gluten-free diet that is accredited by the British Dietetic Association. A number of successful courses have been held in the past four years and new dates are scheduled.
By the end of the course, delegates will:
- have gained knowledge on the symptoms of coeliac disease and understand the process for diagnosis and the dietary implications
- be able to provide guidance on the dietetic management of coeliac disease and associated disorders
- understand and be able to refer to current national and international guidelines and standards
- have an understanding of the relevant laws that enable patients with coeliac disease to select food on a gluten-free diet and how to interpret food labels
- be able to provide practical information on gluten-free living and the availability of education resources
- have an insight into the extended role of the dietitian in coeliac disease management and running dietetic led coeliac clinics.
Information on the courses that the BDA run in conjunction with Coeliac UK can be found in the events section of the BDA website.
Accredited training for pharmacists
We have been working with the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) to produce a ‘floor’ on coeliac disease which is now live on their website. The ‘floor’ incorporates useful information and tips for pharmacists which they can use to help patients with coeliac disease. The information includes:
- 11 ‘hotspots’ ranging from information on recognising coeliac disease to building a business case to bid for a local gluten-free food service
- a case study
- and more materials to aid their learning about the condition.