In the UK NICE quality statement 24 recommends that all patients in a care setting should have regular nutritional screening using a validated tool. The most commonly used tool is 'MUST'.

Nutritional Screening should alert health and social care staff to the need for more detailed nutritional assessment by a dietitian. Decisions about the appropriateness and effectiveness of nutritional support should then be made by the multidisciplinary team.


Thanks are due to many healthcare professionals who provided copy for this area of the BAPEN website. Among them are...

  • Nicki Simmonds
  • Stacey Jones
  • Eleanor Gratton
  • Tim Wilson

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