Nutrition Quality Standards Resources

Resource for Patients

BAPEN has developed a resource jointly with PINNT which will support patients in optimising their nutritional care. BAPEN believes that every patient should know who to contact regarding their (artificial) nutrition support, and that this should be easily accessible.

Developed by a dedicated Patient Network Development Group including representatives from PINNT, BAPEN and each of BAPEN’s Core Groups, the resource explains nutrition quality standards in a tangible way to support patient understanding around what care they can expect. It covers the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) quality standards for adults who are receiving oral, enteral or parenteral nutrition support, and offers a comprehensive checklist for patients to discuss with their care team.

BAPEN President, Dr Trevor Smith, commented: “I am pleased to announce the launch of this new patient resource, developed by BAPEN’s Patient Network Development Group. This resource has been co-created by a multidisciplinary team of people within BAPEN and our Core Groups, all dedicated to ensuring that anyone receiving nutrition support feels empowered with regards to what they can reasonably expect from their care. We hope this highlights the importance of a comprehensive nutritional care assessment and the implementation of a holistic nutritional care plan which works for the individual who is in need of nutrition support.”

Carolyn Wheatley, PINNT Chair, said: “There are some quality standards which directly affect patients receiving nutrition support at home, and our aim with this resource has been to explain these and provide a simple checklist for patients so they know what kind of things to discuss with their healthcare team. We want to ensure everyone reaching nutrition support has a comprehensive understanding of the care they should be receiving, and is therefore confident to ask the right questions at the right time. We’re delighted to be launching the resource during HAN Week and look forward to seeing the difference it will make to so many patients.”

HAN Week, championed by PINNT, ran from the 7th – 13th of August 2023 and aims to celebrate the lifeline that is home artificial nutrition and engage everyone whose lives are touched by it, from patients and their families through to healthcare professionals and those working in nutrition.

To access the new patient resource visit the BAPEN website here, or the PINNT website here.

Bapen Quality Standards Hcp Resource

Resource for HCPs

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.