The ‘Medicines Services City Healthcare Partnership CIC’ in Hull, has kindly shared a summary of a project* they have recently carried out to assess the effectiveness of a nurse led policy for the management of malnutrition in care homes by implementing standard screening and management plans based on NICE Quality Standard 24 and the ‘Managing Adult Malnutrition in the Community Pathway’. The project showed that screening and appropriate management of malnutrition linked to risk, for all care home residents was effective. Overall they found that the costs to screen and manage malnutrition were more than offset by a reduction in healthcare costs, including reduced admissions to secondary care, with overall benefit to the residents.
“We hope the work we have carried out will encourage others to implement screening and appropriate management of malnutrition in order to improve care and outcomes” says Richard Maddison, Medicines Development Manager, City Health Care Partnership CIC, Medicines Service in Hull. “We would like to see further wide scale evaluation of the management of malnutrition.”
“Malnutrition is still a major financial burden, costing an estimated £13 billion per year in the UK, and we know managing this can have positive benefits to both the individual patient and wider health care system”, says Anne Holdoway, Specialist Dietitian, Chair of the Parenteral Nutrition (PEN) Group of the BDA and Chair of the Consensus Panel which developed the guide. “We hope that encouraging professionals to share their experience of the use of the Managing Adult Malnutrition in the Community pathway will encourage others to implement best practice projects which will ensure that vulnerable individuals, who are at risk of malnutrition, are screened early and receive appropriate nutritional care in the community. The work carried out in Hull is an excellent example of how this is happening.”
*NB: ‘this is a best practice example and not an award winner’
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