BAPEN is a Charitable Association that raises awareness of malnutrition and works to advance the nutritional care of patients and those at risk from malnutrition in the wider community.
We are working with our members and key national partners to ensure that all individuals who are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition in any healthcare or social setting are identified early through nutrition screening using a validated tool such as BAPEN's "Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool" ('MUST') and receive appropriate, individualised treatment.
In order to achieve this, all health and social care professionals should be adequately trained to understand the importance of good nutritional care and have the skills appropriate to their role to implement this. Good nutrition and hydration care should be recognised as being a fundamental core component of providing safe and effective quality care in all care settings. One of our key challenges is making sure that the nutritional care individuals receive is seamless across the organisations who are involved in providing their care. Hence, the nutritional care delivered must meet an individual’s needs, irrespective of the care setting. This transfer of information for nutritional care between care homes, hospitals and community services is often poor and needs to be improved by the development of integrated nutrition pathways of care.
BAPEN is committed to ensuring that nutrition becomes everyone’s responsibility. Our Malnutrition Action Group, under the leadership of Professor Marinos Elia, launched the first national Malnutrition Self-Screening Tool, so that individuals and their carers can undertake this initial screening themselves (www.malnutritionselfscreening.org/self-screening.html). We are also working to improve the information available for patients and their carers, and to ensure that this information is easily accessible.
We are also committed to ensuring that the best available clinical and scientific evidence is implemented in practice. BAPEN therefore develops reports, toolkits and guidance for health and social care professionals and commissioners.
BAPEN Aims 2012–2015
In order to accomplish our vision we are working towards:
- Increasing BAPEN membership: by increasing our membership we are ensuring that more health and social care professionals have access to the best resources to improve nutritional care and are able to access our discussion forums to advance practice
- Building on BAPEN’s current position as the leading UK multidisciplinary charity tackling malnutrition to influence national nutrition agendas and policies, through effective collaborations with the Department of Health, Public Health and Social Care, and lobbying
- BAPEN will continue to develop and provide leading edge resources to support excellence in practice, training and education in nutritional care
- BAPEN will continue to support the collection and dissemination of evidence relating to under-nutrition in the UK and the delivery of nutritional care to assist in the planning of nutrition services across the UK
- BAPEN will continue constructive collaboration with our Industry partners in line with the Government’s aim of developing new ways of working and innovative solutions to improve nutritional care and deliver efficiency savings.