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.
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.
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.
Four short videos featuring experts in malnutrition: "Managing Adult Malnutrition in the Community":
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
for further information