Managing Adult Malnutrition

Including a pathway for the appropriate use of
oral nutritional supplements (ONS)


News Archive

From time to time we will publish relevant news articles on this section of the website.

News and updates regarding the management of adult malnutrition in the community are published throughout the year in our PATHWAY NEWSLETTER


Malnutrition Pathway Information Packs

We have 100 information packs to give away to healthcare professionals to assist you in promoting Nutrition & Hydration Week (11-17 March 2019). The packs include:

  • • A copy of ‘Managing Adult Malnutrition in the Community document’
  • • 4 A4 posters - Managing Malnutrition According To Risk Category Using ‘MUST’ Care Pathway and Pathway for using Oral Nutritional Supplements (ONS) in the Management of Malnutrition
  • • 20 copies of each of the following patient leaflets:
    • - Green leaflet: Eating well – Advice for patients and carers: for those at low risk of malnutrition
    • - Yellow leaflet: Your Guide to Making the Most of Your Food – Advice for patients and carers: for those at medium risk of malnutrition
    • - Red leaflet: Nutrition Drinks (known as Oral Nutritional Supplements) – Advice for patients and carers: for those at high risk of malnutrition
  • • 10 copies of each of the 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')
  • To apply for a pack simply fill in the form HERE

    Patients Association launches Nutrition Checklist

    The Patients Association Checklist is a tool to assess patients at risk of malnutritionThe Patients Association has launched a Nutrition Checklist which aims to assist patients and staff working in health and social care identify the potential risk of undernutrition in adults.

    Managing Adult Malnutrition in the Community, Bournemouth University and Wessex Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) have worked with the Patients Association to develop this simple tool that helps healthcare staff and patients identify the potential risk of undernutrition, and offers signposting to information and sources of help to those likely to be at risk.

    The Checklist has been rigorously tested and refined over a period of two years, and has received positive feedback from patients and staff working in the health and social care sector.

    “Malnutrition has a major effect on a person’s quality of life making them weak, frail, more prone to illness and infections. The Patients Association Nutrition Checklist is a great tool for creating the conversation with patients and families about diet, unintentional weight loss and the anxiety that this can create and which can be easily overlooked” says Anne Holdoway, Consultant Dietitian and Chair of the Managing Adult Malnutrition in the Community panel. “I anticipate that the checklist will be instrumental in guiding further actions to treat those at risk of malnutrition as soon as possible.”

    “It is estimated that more than one in ten patients visiting GP surgeries are at risk of malnutrition and these patients have more GP contact than non-malnourished individuals. If we can start to identify more people who are at risk of malnutrition through the use of the Patients Association Nutrition Checklist, we can assist the management of patients earlier” says Dr Anita Nathan, GP Member of the Managing Adult Malnutrition in the Community panel and member of the GPs Interested in Nutrition Group. “By improving their nutritional status, patients are likely to reduce the time they are spending in hospital and improve their clinical outcomes."

    A copy of the Nutrition Checklist and further information can be found HERE

    Managing Adult Malnutrition in the Community

    NEW updated document & supporting materials now available

    The updated version of the MANAGING ADULT MALNUTRITION IN THE COMMUNITY document and supporting information is now available free to healthcare professionals. The guide has been developed by a multi-professional team of expert practitioners and is endorsed by ten key professional and patient associations. It is based on clinical experience and evidence alongside accepted best practice and includes a pathway to assist in the appropriate use of oral nutritional supplements.

    A number of updated supporting documents are also available:

    • • 3 leaflets for patients and carers designed for those at HIGH, MEDIUM and LOW risk of malnutrition.
    • • Managing Malnutrition with ORAL NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS (ONS) – advice for healthcare professionals – an A4 two sided printable leaflet which gives healthcare professionals an overview of malnutrition and provides a quick guide to the different types of ONS available and patient suitability as well as styles, flavours and formats available.
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