Liverpool/DDF June 19, 2012 - As part of BAPEN’s focus on quality improvement the charitable association has mapped out the work that needs to be undertaken to develop an integrated nutritional care strategy aiming to ensure that good nutritional care is as high profile and successful as ‘cancer care’ and dementia services and covers the whole community.

Today at the BAPEN ‘Organisation of Nutritional Care’ symposium at DDF (Hall 2f) Dr Mike Stroud will unveil BAPEN’s vision and call for a national integrated nutrition strategy. During the symposium a new pathway for managing malnutrition in the Community which is supported and endorsed by many of the UK’s leading nutrition organisations (RCGP, RCN, BDA, BAPEN, RCP, NNNG, BPNG, PCSG, PSNC, PCPA) will be launched.

Managing Adult Malnutrition in the CommunityThe launch of this new document ‘Managing Adult Malnutrition in the Community’ is the first comprehensive, yet concise, multi-professional guide, endorsed by a number of National professional bodies. Underpinned by the evidence it aims to support decision making to ensure quality of care for individuals at risk of malnutrition in primary care, encourage detection of malnutrition early through effective screening and facilitate appropriate nutritional care.

The guide encourages all healthcare professionals to identify and appropriately manage malnutrition. The guide to managing malnutrition according to risk and the pathway for using oral nutritional supplements (ONS) embedded in the document aims to put an end to inappropriate prescribing of ONS but also aims to ensure that those who would benefit from ONS receive the support they require. Throughout the document, reference is made to concurrent dietary advice, the importance of monitoring and when to involve other members of the healthcare team, including dietitians.

Anne Holdoway, Chair of the consensus panel that produced the community guidance highlighted, “With widespread support and endorsement from 10 professional organisations, it is hoped that the guide to managing malnutrition document will provide an easily accessible tool to help decision-making in the community, where 93% of malnutrition exists. In conjunction with improved awareness amongst clinical commissioning groups, who in turn need to work with local dietetic departments and secondary care services to agree protocols for referral to specialist services, it is hoped that we can move one step closer towards delivering excellent nutritional care in the community and eliminating avoidable malnutrition”.

A comprehensive ‘organising nutritional care diagram’ which clearly shows what good nutritional care looks like so that organisations can see at a glance where they may need to make improvements will also be introduced.

Dr Mike Stroud explains “NHS Trusts are continuing to fail to meet the Care Quality Commission standards for nutritional care, which is why we along with Carers UK are calling for the Government and Department of Health to develop a National Nutritional Strategy. We have the blueprint for what this strategy should contain and we have a wide range of effective tools ready to support Trusts to implement the necessary changes. We are looking to the Government to adopt this issue to enable real change by developing the right policy and system enablers.”

The BAPEN Toolkit for Providers and Commissioners has also been updated to assist the new Clinical Commissioning Groups in identifying the nutrition services their local populations require.

Dr Ailsa Brotherton, BAPEN’s Honorary Secretary said, “Developing highly reliable systems of integrated nutritional care has become a priority focus for BAPEN and we are continuing to develop a wide range of resources that will help NHS and Social Care organisations to deliver improved care.”

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Notes to editors:
RCGP – Royal College of General Practitioners
RCN – Royal College of Nursing
BDA – British Dietetic Association
BAPEN – British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
RCP – Royal College of Physicians
NNNG – National Nurses Nutrition Group
BPNG – British Pharmaceutical Nutrition Group
PCSG – Primary Care Society for Gastroenterology
PSNC – Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee
PCPA – Primary Care Pharmacists Association

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