BAPEN Nutritional Care Tool

Results from BAPEN’s first Nutritional Care Data Collection Week available now.

Click here to view the report

New Data Collection Weeks

We are planning four new separate weeks of data collection nationally, mirroring the approach we took in the national screening weeks and building on the data we collected for 2015/16. This will enable us to continue to measure seasonal differences and changes over time.

The four weeks selected are: 

  • Week commencing 12th December 2016
  • Week commencing 13th March 2017
  • Week commencing 12th June 2017
  • Week commencing 11th September 2017

We know from the national nutrition screening week data that the prevalence of malnutrition remains high (with around 30% of patients admitted to a UK hospital malnourished or at risk of malnutrition). Whilst numerous nutrition initiatives (many of them national) such as ‘protected mealtimes’ and ‘Nutrition Now’ (Royal College of Nursing), and the publication of numerous standards, including the NICE guidance, have helped to raise the profile of nutrition, these figures show more has to be done, not just in hospitals but across a range of care settings.

Purpose and benefits of the BAPEN Nutritional Care Tool

Building on the work undertaken during the Nutrition Screening Weeks, which really helped create a country-wide picture of the prevalence of malnutrition in the UK, BAPEN has developed a new web-based Nutritional Care Tool which will enable organisations to monitor nutritional screening, the effectiveness of nutritional care they provide and patient experience. We appreciate that the complexities of delivering good nutritional care make measurement fraught with difficulty. However, we believe that measurement is key to delivering further improvements in the quality of nutritional care. We have therefore developed and tested a new measurement tool. This tool utilises quality improvement methodology (i.e. these data are intended to identify improvement opportunities within an organisation, not performance management or research). The tool therefore includes;

  • Process measures; screening and care planning
  • Outcome measures – weight loss (trackable over time for the duration of admission)
  • Patient experience measures of nutritional care received

The BAPEN Nutritional Care Tool overview:

  • The Tool is free to all NHS and social care organisations. 
  • Completion takes approximately 5 minutes per individual. 
  • The data are instantly available to frontline teams to deliver improvements. 
  • Improvements in nutritional care can be delivered whilst the patient is still in your care 
  • The Tool is completely voluntary so it is up to you how frequently you use it and the scale of use

Our aim is that Trusts will use this Tool regularly, in the same way that the NHS Safety Thermometer is conducted once a month, and indeed some Trusts have indicated their intention to build data collection in this way. However, we are realistic about time constraints and current demands on organisations and are therefore asking all trusts to commit to collecting data on at least one day during four weeks spread across the year. As such we are planning four separate weeks of data collection nationally, mirroring the approach we took in the national screening weeks. This will enable us to continue to measure seasonal differences and changes over time.

We are planning four new separate weeks of data collection nationally, mirroring the approach we took in the national screening weeks and building on the data we collected for 2015/16. This will enable us to continue to measure seasonal differences and changes over time.

The four weeks selected are: 

  • Week commencing 12th December 2016
  • Week commencing 13th March 2017
  • Week commencing 12th June 2017
  • Week commencing 11th September 2017

Find out more about the BAPEN Nutritional Care Tool and register to use the tool

Further reading (PDF)


Example Board Paper / Governance Committee Paper

This document provides a template or example of board or governance committee paper that could be used to help make the case for use of the BAPEN Nutritional Care Tool. The purpose of the paper is:

  • To outline the insight and evidence gathered to support the use of the BAPEN Nutritional Care Tool in any given organisation
  • To ask the Board [or Governance Committee] to approve the use of the BAPEN Nutritional Care Tool across the organisation
  • To ask the Board to endorse the proposed next steps

Click here to download the paper for local use. The paper is in MS Word format and fully editable.

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