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.
This presentation gives an overview of the Managing Adult Malnutrition in the Community guide. It includes referenced background information on the clinical and financial consequences of malnutrition as well as information on key national guidelines and reports which focus on the identification and treatment of malnutrition.
This presentation focuses on the huge financial burden (>£23 billion per year) that malnutrition places on health and social care in the UK (with a breakdown for England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales). It discusses how we might reduce these costs and support NICE guidance through identification and timely management.
An A4 eight page printable document written by healthcare professionals.
An A4 four page printable document written by healthcare professionals.
Managing Malnutrition According To Risk Category Using ‘MUST’ Care Pathway – General Practice. 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.
DIETITIANS: TEN TOP TIPS on actions Dietitians might consider in order to implement the use of the malnutrition pathway in their area and engage stakeholders and community healthcare professionals in the identification and treatment of malnutrition.
GPs: TEN TOP TIPS on how GPs might incorporate malnutrition screening and treatment into their everyday activities particularly in high risk groups.
PHARMACISTS: TEN TOP TIPS on time and resource efficient actions that Pharmacists might consider in order to ensure patients with malnutrition are identified and treated. Tips separated into those specific to Community Pharmacists and those for Pharmacists in GP Surgeries.
NURSES: TEN TOP TIPS for Nurses on integrating nutritional screening and care into their current practice and how they might engage with other key stakeholders to implement the malnutrition pathway.
CARE HOMES: TEN TOP TIPS for those working in care homes on the identification and management of malnutrition, including the implementation of care plans and engagement with other care home personnel to create an environment that prevents malnutrition.
We have a selection of resources on a dedicated care homes page on this site:
To provide good nutritional care it is important that team members across an organisation are actively engaged in the care of malnourished residents and those at risk of malnutrition. This information sheet is aimed at all care home staff and gives key tips on managing malnutrition in a care home setting.
A fact sheet outlining why older people and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition, why is it important for care and residential homes to acknowledge the problem and key considerations for care homes in identifying and managing malnutrition amongst residents.
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.
A library of short videos featuring experts in malnutrition: "Managing Adult Malnutrition in the Community". Includes:
Nutritional advice and tips on how to enjoy your food and for using oral nutritional supplements where appropriate; leaflets for 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 requirements 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:
A selection of publications for use by healthcare professionals, patients and carers are available in the resources section of the website.
A number of resources are available that have been developed to support patients and carers.
A number of resources are available that have been developed to assist healthcare professionals supporting patients at risk of malnutrition as a result of a specific condition. These include:
We can be contacted regarding the malnutrition pathway materials and website
If you have a combined BMI and weight loss calculator score of 1 or more please go to malnutritionselfscreening.org
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