A practical guide and pathway to assist 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 supported/endorsed by ten key organisations.
An A4 two sided printable leaflet which gives healthcare professionals an overview of malnutrition and includes information on the types of ONS available and patient suitability. It details the different styles, flavours and products available as a quick guide.
An A4 printable poster, for display in the GP surgery, outlining the care pathway that should be followed for individuals at risk of malnutrition in the community.
The ‘Managing Adult Malnutrition in the Community’ guide has joined forces with the National Nurses Nutrition Group (NNNG) to develop three malnutrition care plans for use with patients in residential and nursing home settings who are either at low, medium or high risk of malnutrition according to the 'Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool' ('MUST').
The care plans have been designed to complement the ‘Managing Adult Malnutrition in the Community’ guide and pathway for using oral nutritional supplements, and aims to assist nurses and care staff in their day to day care of patients at risk of malnutrition.
It enables professionals to work out whether patients are at low, medium or high malnutrition risk and gives advice on management according to risk based evidence and shared best practice as defined in the 'Managing Adult Malnutrition in the Community' guide.
Resources for use with patients and carers
To ensure high quality and continuity of nutritional care of patients from the hospital to community setting the need for consistent and comprehensive communication in the discharge process is widely recognised.
Patients with altered nutritional needs wil need nutritional planning and the provision of continued care once back at home. This discharge process requires co-ordination and the participation of all relevant healthcare staff.
The Dietetic team at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT) has developed a standarised discharge communication letter to be used by all dietetic teams across their trust. The main objectives of developing this letter were to:
The team worked with local GPs and other stakeholders throughout the development process.
Alongside the letter a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) has been created to promote ease of use by Dietitians; this provides guidance on how to complete and adapt the letter - ensuring relevant boxes are included or deleted as appropriate.
If you are interested in using the letter in your trust/department please contact email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to the team for sharing their resources on the malnutrition pathway website.
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