The British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN) have launched a nutritional care commissioning toolkit based around four “essential requirements”.
- identify malnutrition through screening and assessment;
- implement appropriate care pathways for all identified or at risk of malnutrition;
- train all frontline staff in the importance of nutritional care;
- ensure management structures are in place to support best nutritional practice.
BAPEN quality group member Ailsa Brotherton said: “The result [of implementing these four requirements] will be that every individual involved will understand their role in delivering excellent nutritional care.”