Preventing malnutrition in later life

Resources

Please click on the drop down arrow to find resources on a category relevant to you.

Other websites with useful malnutrition resources include:

BAPEN - a Charitable Association that raises awareness of malnutrition and works to advance the nutritional care of patients and those at risk from malnutrition in the wider community

Care Quality Commission – public body that ensures hospitals, care homes, dental and GP surgeries, and all other care services in England provide people with safe, effective, compassionate and high-quality care. It also encourages them to make improvements

Carers UK – organisation that supports the 6.5 million people in the country who are carers, supporting a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill

Wessex Academic Health Science Network – This local AHSN has developed training packages for health, social care and voluntary sectors on nutrition, as well as care pathways for older people at risk of malnutrition

To see statistics on malnutrition in the UK, please view our Malnutrition Factsheet.

  • Malnutrition in Later Life: Prevention and Early Intervention - Hospitals

    A comprehensive guide for hospital staff on how to identify and tackle malnutrition

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  • Malnutrition in Later Life: Prevention and Early Intervention - Food and Beverage Providers

    A comprehensive guide for food and beverage providers on how to address and tackle malnutrition

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  • Addressing Malnutrition: Hospitals Mini Guide

    A mini guide for hospital staff on how to identify and tackle malnutrition in hospitals

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  • Age UK Salford’s Hospital Discharge, Aftercare and Reablement Service

    An overview of Age UK Salford's Hospital Discharge, Aftercare and Reablement Service. This offers support to patients and their families from the point of entry to the Emergency Village at Salford Royal Hospital Foundation Trust, to discharge support up to six weeks after a patient has returned home.

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  • An integrated approach to addressing malnutrition in all settings - Derbyshire County Council

    An overview of a project featuring numerous stakeholders in Derbyshire healthcare coming together to tackle malnutrition, following concerns that older people being admitted to care homes from hospitals and the community were malnourished.

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  • Increasing Food and Fluid intake - Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead

    An overview of a project to develop ways of increasing food and fluid intake on a ward at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead.

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  • Nutrition Care Pathway for high risk patients – Leicester NHS Foundation Trust

    An overview of a Nutrition Care Pathway developed by the Leicester NHS Foundation Trust for inpatients with fractured neck of femur. This group of patients are at high risk of malnutrition with 30-50% being malnourished on admission, and their dietary intake during recovery is frequently poor. A baseline audit showed that standards set for nutritional care were not being met and many patients were not consuming enough calories or protein to meet their requirements. The Pathway ensures these people’s nutritional needs are met in order to aid post-operative recovery and reduce the risk of pressure sores.

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  • Nutritious Snack Menu Improvements - Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead

    An overview of a project to streamline the nutritious snack order process in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead so all patients receive their correct snacks.

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  • Protected Assisted Mealtimes - Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead

    An overview of a project to improve the mealtime experience in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead.

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  • Red Mats, Jug Lids and Glasses Making a Difference - Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead

    An overview of a system implemented in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead where patients at high or moderate risk of malnutrition or dehydration are given as much time as is needed for them to eat or drink.

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  • Right Meal, Right Time, Right Help - Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

    An overview of the "Right Meal, Right Time, Right Help" project from Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, which aimed to provide patient focused meal times. The Trust believes that every meal time should be a safe experience that enhances the quality of patients’ care. Meal times should be a positive experience for patients, their relatives, carers and staff.

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  • Sharing knowledge and taking responsibility: a three year Nutritional Care Strategy for Adults in Dorset

    An overview of a project in Dorset which has seen community and professional partners coming together to implement a three year Nutritional Care Strategy. Prior to the implementation, it was estimated that 32-42% of care home residents, 25% of those receiving care at home and 14% of the general population in Dorset were at risk of malnutrition.

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  • Action plan for improving nutrition - Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

    An overview of Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust's participation in a national Safety Express 'Harm Free Care' Programme. As part of this programme they identified that high standards of nutrition and hydration were important factors for patients in the prevention of harm from pressure ulcers, falls, infections and venous thromboembolism. The psychosocial wellbeing of individuals was also considered important, in particular, the value of food and drink and the experience patients had of meal times in hospital.

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  • Zero Tolerance of Harm from Malnutrition - Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

    A Powerpoint Presentation relating to the above link

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  • Quality Standard for Nutrition Support in Adults

    A document from NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) on quality standards when it comes to nutritional support

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  • Poster for hospitals

    "Are your patients at risk of malnutrition?" poster

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  • 1 in 3 people aged 65+ are at risk of malnutrition on admission to hospital

    Infographic

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