BAPEN Nutritional Care Tool Update
BAPEN’s first ever, online Nutritional Care Tool has been put through its paces in the first data collection week. Between 21-27 September 2015 organisations were asked to use the Tool to survey patients on four wards (or more). Questions focussed on the effective screening of patients using ‘MUST’ and, uniquely, also asked patients for their views of the nutritional support they have received.
We are absolutely delighted to report an incredibly encouraging first data collection period, with more than 1,000 patients surveyed across 17 organisations. Although it is early days, the results indicate a high level of quality of nutritional care in participating organisations, but at the same time highlight variation and opportunities for learning and improvement.
It’s becoming clear, even at this early stage, that the use of the Tool differs between organisations; some are surveying ‘little and often’ to build up a long-term view of their data. Others are surveying at scale on a less frequent basis. Either approach is perfectly OK. The whole purpose of the Tool is as an enabler for organisations, so that data can be used to promote the best nutritional care in a way that best suits the organisations using it. We’re focussed on improvement, not performance management. Comparisons between organisations are for learning purposes and we hope that this approach supports you in your ongoing work.
We are planning four new separate weeks of data collection nationally, mirroring the approach we took in the national screening weeks and building on the data we collected for 2015/16. This will enable us to continue to measure seasonal differences and changes over time.
The four weeks selected are:
- Week commencing 12th December 2016
- Week commencing 13th March 2017
- Week commencing 12th June 2017
- Week commencing 11th September 2017