Further Support Materials Launched to Help Professionals and Patients Dealing With Malnutrition in the Community

Malnutrition Task Force leafletsSince its launch a year ago the Managing Adult Malnutrition in the Community pathway is now being used widely throughout the UK, with nearly 9,000 healthcare professional visits to the site www.malnutritionpathway.co.uk. GPs, Nurses, Dietitians and Pharmacists visiting the site have been downloading the pathway and seeking further information on the management of adult malnutrition in the community. Now a series of leaflets, two for use with patients and carers and one giving additional advice to healthcare professionals along with three on-line videos have been launched to support the document.

The leaflets have been developed by a multi-professional panel including Dietitians, a GP, Nurse and Pharmacist and have been endorsed by key professional organisations in the UK including the British Dietetic Association (BDA) and the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN)1.

  • The first leaflet “Your Guide to Making the Most of Your Food” provides some simple ideas as to how patients can get the most nutrition from the food they are eating: http://www.malnutritionpathway.co.uk/leaflets-patients-and-carers
  • The second leaflet “Nutrition Drinks (known as oral nutritional supplements): advice for patients and carers” gives information on why patients will have been prescribed oral nutritional supplements and offers them general advice on getting the most from their supplements, for example information on cooking and storage: http://www.malnutritionpathway.co.uk/leaflets-patients-and-carers
  • The third leaflet “Managing Malnutrition with Oral Nutritional Supplements (ONS) – advice for healthcare professionals” gives professionals an overview of malnutrition, the types of ONS available and the patients who might benefit from their prescription. It is a quick guide which details different styles, flavours and products: http://www.malnutritionpathway.co.uk/leaflets-hcp

“Healthcare professionals have been asking us to provide information leaflets to support the Managing Adult Malnutrition in the Community document and pathway” says Anne Holdoway, Registered Dietitian and Chair of the consensus panel that developed the Managing Adult Malnutrition in the Community document . “We wanted these to be succinct and downloadable in order that professionals could easily use them and run them off to give to patients and their carers.”

“Individuals who are malnourished or ‘at risk’ of malnutrition should receive appropriate, individualised treatment” says Ailsa Brotherton, BAPEN Secretary and a member of the consensus panel which developed the Managing Adult Malnutrition in the Community document. “These leaflets will be a useful tool for community healthcare professionals when giving nutrition advice to malnourished patients and their carers.”

In addition to the leaflets three videos2 have been uploaded to the website which give professionals further background information on malnutrition - http://malnutritionpathway.co.uk/videos These include interviews with key professionals involved in the treatment of malnutrition in the UK and outline the reasons for developing this national guidance. The professionals discuss the effect they feel the implementation of the Managing Adult Malnutrition in the Community document should have on overall patient care and how supporting the overall management of malnutrition (right patient, right treatment) is a cost effective solution. They also outline how the document supports the NICE Guidance for Nutrition Support in Adults.

The leaflets and videos as well as the main document can be viewed and downloaded for free at www.malnutritionpathway.co.uk


The Managing Adult Malnutrition in the Community guide and website is a practical guide to assist GPs and other community healthcare professionals in identifying and managing the 3 million people in the UK at risk of disease-related malnutrition. It has been developed by a multi-professional team and is endorsed by key organisations including the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the Primary Care Society for Gastroenterology (PCSG). The document is based on clinical experience and evidence alongside accepted best practice. It also includes a pathway to assist in the appropriate use of oral nutritional supplements.

1. The leaflets have been supported by nine key professional associations:

  • The British Association For Parenteral And Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN)
  • The British Dietetic Association (BDA)
  • The British Pharmaceutical Nutrition Group (BPNG)
  • The National Nurses Nutrition Group (NNNG)
  • The Pharmaceutical Service Negotiating Committee (PSNC)
  • The Primary Care Society For Gastroenterology (PCSG)
  • The Royal College Of General Practitioners (RCGP)
  • The Royal College Of Nursing (RCN)
  • The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

2. The videos include interviews with:

  • Dr Mike Stroud, Clinical Lead for Gastroenterology at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation and Chair of the NICE Nutrition Support in Adults Panel
  • Anne Holdoway, Specialist Dietitian and Chair of the Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (PEN) Group of the British Dietetic Association (BDA),
  • Dr Rachel Pryke - GP and Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Clinical Champion for Nutrition for Health,
  • Iain McGregor, Vice Chair of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Older People’s Forum and Teaching, Learning and Quality Assurance Manager at e-GNCS Ltd
  • Barbara Parsons, Head of Pharmacy Practice, Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC)
  • Dr Ailsa Brotherton, Honorary Secretary for the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN)
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