The introduction of the Care Quality Commission’s Outcome 5, ‘Meeting Nutritional Needs’ standard has been key in ensuring that the delivery of excellent care in relation to providing nutrition and fluids has become a priority and all NHS Trust are now required to deliver minimum standards of care and be committed to continuous quality improvements in nutrition.

BAPEN’s latest tool is a new Quality Improvement Guide which provides a step by step guide to implementing basic good nutritional care across an organisation. Read and used in conjunction with the other BAPEN reports and information contained in the ‘Meeting Nutritional Standards of Care’ toolkit the new Quality Improvement Guide will help the user identify any gaps in their current provision of basic nutritional care for all patients.

The new Quality Improvement Guide outlines the key steps that should be taken by Trusts to deliver quality nutritional improvements and provides a range of supporting information and resources:

  1. Understanding your baseline – where are you now?
  2. Leadership
  3. Change and Implementation Team
  4. Integrate and sustain
  5. Take it to the Top – your CEO must know
  6. Do what needs to be done
  7. Measurement
  8. Scale up and spread
  9. Assess your progress
  10. Celebrate success

The Quality Guide is now available for consultation. We are asking teams to test out the Guide in hospitals and to feed back any comments, suggested improvements, submit examples of your improvements (what has worked well and what hasn’t) before the publication of the final version.

Please click here to view the new Guide

Please provide your feedback on the template (click here to download the template) and submit any examples of good practice, a quote from your Chief Exec or Director of Nursing or a narrative of how you have tracked the patient’s nutritional journey in your organisation by sending the completed template via an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 10th January 2013.

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