Good Practice Case Study

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Volunteer Programme – Dining Companions

As we are acutely aware, it is essential that malnutrition and dehydration problems are better recognized and treated.

Despite a plethora of standards and initiatives aiming to improve nutritional care, there continues to be widespread failure to do so. BAPEN has therefore made a commitment to share examples of best practice. In this case study from Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust we report an innovative solution, demonstrating what can be achieved by an inspirational lady, an ex-nurse Elizabeth Meatyard who was determined to make a positive difference in her local NHS Trust and had excellent results.


“This flagship programme is an excellent initiative that warrants emulation everywhere”

Dr Mike Stroud

“I hope that the many benefits that the Dining Companion Scheme has shown will be of interest to all Hospital Trusts and beyond.”

Elizabeth Meatyard
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