AHP Summer School

General Information

General Information

Allied health professionals include dietitians, nurses, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and psychologists. Involvement with national and international societies, attendance at relevant educational meeting along with participation in summer schools enables AHP’s to be up to date with the latest evidence and knowledge.

The School is aimed at dietitians, nurses and other AHP (speech and language, psychology, OT) working in clinical pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition.

The ESPGHAN AHP Committee Summer School is designed to:  

  • offer a multi-disciplinary approach to the management of paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutritional conditions providing knowledge and practical training in an interactive environment 
  • offer unique opportunities to learn from and interact with an expert faculty from various European centres, as well as participants from around the world. 
  • give delegates the opportunity to present their work and/or research and receive feedback from the faculty. 

After the Summer School, participants should

  • Have an overview of the conditions covered with access to up to date literature/guidelines.   
  • Have the chance to discuss how to practically deliver appropriate nutrition/nursing management to their patients. 
  • Have the chance to discuss their complex cases with the faculty/ other delegates in an interactive environment. 

The course language is English.   


COVID-19 has proven challenging in the organisation of onsite courses in the past year. ESPGHAN remains dedicated to the realisation of our educational programme without compromising the health of our delegates.
We are carefully monitoring the developments and follow the recommendations and information provided by the national Health Authorities, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Preparations for an onsite course are proceeding as planned at this point. Applicants will be updated on any potential changes to the format of the school. 

If the situation does not allow for the responsible realisation of onsite participation, your application will be valid for virtual participation and registration fees will be reimbursed or adapted accordingly. 

For more information please contact the ESPGHAN Office (office@espghan.org)

Application & Fees

Applications are open

Applications deadline : 05.07.2021

Applicants will be required to upload the following documents:

  • Recommendation letter from an ESPGHAN member (any type) in good standing
  • Motivational letter
  • CV

Kindly use the online application form on this page. Applications submitted by email cannot be accepted. If you experience any issues with the tool, please contact us at office@espghan. Please do not make travel arrangements before receipt of a formal confirmation of acceptance from the ESPGHAN Office. The number of participants is limited and a selection will be made by the school organisers after the deadline. Priority will be given to ESPGHAN Members.

Registration fee: EUR 100.00 (whole course)


Preliminary Programme

Day 1 - Thursday, September 09

16.00 - 16.30   Welcome and introduction / Brief introductions by delegates
16.30 - 16.50   Lecture:  Paediatric nutrition assessment/status and screening tools
16.50 - 17.20   Lecture: Body Composition
17:30 - 18:30   Group work: Practical application

19:30 Networking and dinner

Day 02 - Friday, September 10

08.30 - 10:30   Workshop I (Each student to participate in 3 workshops during the course)
Group 1. Parenteral nutrition
Group 2. Enteral nutrition
Group 3. Management of feeding difficulties/tube weaning
10:30 - 10:50   Tea/Coffee
10.50 - 11.20   Lecture: Coeliac Disease
11.20 - 11.50   Lecture: IBD – etiology and medical management
11.50 - 12.30:  Lecture: Nutritional management of IBD
12.30 - 12.50:  Lecture: Nursing management of IBD
12.50 - 13.50   Lunch
13.50 - 15.20   Critical Appraisal
15.20 - 16.30   Session 1; Clinical cases- presented by delegates (70min)
16.30 - 16.50   Coffee Break
16.50 - 18.20   Session 2 Clinical cases – presented by delegates (90min)  
18.20 - 18.30   Feedback from Clinical Cases

20.00:  Dinner

Day 03 - Saturday, September 11

08.30 - 10.30   Workshop II (Each student to participate in 3 workshops during the course)
Group 1. Parenteral nutrition Group 2. Enteral nutrition 
Group 3. Management of feeding difficulties and tube weaning               
10.30 - 10.50   Coffee break
10.50 - 11.20   Lecture: Gastrointestinal food allergy and EGID’s
11.20 - 11.50   Lecture: Nutritional management of gastrointestinal allergies
11.50 - 12.20   Liver disease
12.20 - 12.50   Dietary management of liver disease
12.50 - 13.50   Lunch
13.50 - 14.20   Parenteral nutrition – when, why and how?
14.20 - 14.50   Nutritional management of short gut syndrome – clinical case
14.50 - 15.10   Lecture: Nursing management of stomas
15.10 - 15.40   Lecture: Cystic Fibrosis
15.40 - 16.00   Coffee Break 
16.00 - 17.30   Session 3; Clinical cases – presented by delegates (90min)
17.30 - 17.45   Feedback from Clinical Cases 

18.00                Dinner

Day 04 - Sunday, September 12

09.00 - 11.00   Workshop III (Each student to participate in 3 workshops during the course)
Group 1. Parenteral nutrition
Group 2. Enteral nutrition 
Group 3.  Management of feeding difficulties/tube weaning
11.00 - 11.20   Coffee Break
11.20 - 11.50   Lecture: Dietary management of children with Neurological disorders

11.50 - 12.10   Lecture: Use of probiotics in GI disease
12.10 - 12.40   Lecture: Blenderised diets
12.45 - 13.00   Closing Comments
13.00                 Closing remarks

Cost Coverage

ESPGHAN will arrange and cover the following for registered delegates: 

  • Accommodation up to 3 nights (organised by ESPGHAN)
  • Travel Refund up EUR 200
  • Pre-arranged dinners and social programme  
  • Catering throughout the course   
  • Course Material 


Sarah Macdonald, dietitian, local organiser
Jackie Falconer, dietitian, local organiser

Ines Asseirceira, dietitian
Elena Banci, dietitian
Jo Brind
Paula Crespo Escobar, dietitian
Jenny Epstein 
Eunice Goto
Jonathan Hind
Sara Mancell
Analou Sugar
Rut-Ann Thomassen


If you have any questions, please contact the ESPGHAN Office for details.
Phone: +41 (0)22 9000 401
Email: office@espghan.org