New resource launched for healthcare professionals to optimise nutritional care for patients

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Bapen Quality Standards Hcp Resource

BAPEN, jointly with PINNT, has today launched a new resource for healthcare professionals which explains the promises made to patients – adults in hospital and the community who are receiving oral, enteral or parenteral nutrition support – regarding the care they should expect to receive. The resource includes a checklist for healthcare professionals to refer to, to ensure they are meeting these promises to patients and correctly implementing high quality, nutritional care.

This document supplements resource launched in August for patients, which aims to empower people receiving artificial nutrition to understand what they can expect from the care they receive. To access the Quality Standards resource for patients, please visit the BAPEN website, or the PINNT website.

BAPEN President, Dr Nick Thompson, commented:

“We’re pleased to launch the healthcare professional equivalent of the patient resource around quality standards for receiving artificial nutrition. Patients receiving care should reasonably expect assessment of their nutritional status with implementation of a nutritional care plan where appropriate; it’s crucial that healthcare professionals recognise and understand their role in delivering this. I hope this resource facilitates improved nutritional care so that patients can benefit from a holistic nutritional care plan that works for them.”

PINNT Chair, Carolyn Wheatley, commented:

“Empowering patients by ensuring they are aware of what to expect from their care is integral to effective nutritional management. NICE’s Quality Standards are useful to patients and healthcare professionals, and that is why we’re pleased to have developed these resources for both. I hope that – together – these resources improve dialogues between patients and healthcare professionals, and ultimately improve patient care and experience.”

Both developed by a new multidisciplinary Special Interest Group – the Patient Network Group – the resources cover the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) quality standards, focussing in particular on QS 4 on Self-Management of Artificial Nutrition Support and QS 5 on Reviews.

The healthcare professional resource can be found on the BAPEN website, or the PINNT website.