Malnutrition Awareness Prevention Network

The Malnutrition Awareness and Prevention Network (MAPN) is a forum that brings together organisations and individuals with interests in older people, food & communities to share good practice and combine efforts to influence awareness and action on malnutrition.

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Formed in 2018, the network meets quarterly to exchange ideas, resources and research to drive change and improvement for older people living in the UK.

MAPN also acts as an ‘expert advisory group’ to key partners by informing stakeholders on the work of the network, responding to consultations, making recommendations to shape national decision-making and influencing national agendas to ensure that malnutrition is given prominence.

If you or your organisation are interested in becoming a member please contact us...

MAPN Members 

The Ageing & Dementia Research Centre at BU

The Ageing & Dementia Research Centre (ADRC) at Bournemouth University brings together collective research expertise in areas of ageing and dementia. The research falls under three broad categories: developing ageing and dementia-friendly environments, nutrition and wellbeing, and activity and social inclusion.

Visit the ADRC website

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BAPEN (The British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition) is a charity working to advance the nutritional care of patients and those at risk from malnutrition in all care settings and the community.  Together BAPEN and MTF run the UK Malnutrition Awareness Week (UKMAW).  

Visit BAPEN's website 

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British Dietetic Association Older People Specialist Group

The British Dietetic Association Older People Specialist Group represents UK dietitians that work with older adults

Visit the DBA website

Eat Well Age Well

Eat Well Age Well is a project from Scottish Charity Food Train that works to tackle the issue of malnutrition in older adults living at home in Scotland.

Visit the Eat Well Age Well website 

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Greater Manchester Nutrition & Hydration

The Greater Manchester Nutrition & Hydration programme is run by Age UK Salford. It aims to reduce preventable malnutrition and dehydration among older people in Greater Manchester through partnership working and promoting early intervention through widespread use of the PaperWeight Armband.

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Hertfordshire Independent Living Service

Hertfordshire Independent Living Service (HILS) is a charitable, social enterprise, operating the UK's largest not for profit meals on wheels service. Delivering around 17 different independence promoting services across the county of Hertfordshire, HILS aims to support its older and vulnerable clients to stay happy, healthy and independent at home.

Visit the HILS website 

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The Malnutrition Task Force

The Malnutrition Task Force (MTF) is a charity which aims to combat preventable and avoidable malnutrition and dehydration among older people in the UK.  Together, the MTF and BAPEN run UK Malnutrition Awareness Week.

Visit the MTF website    

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National Association of Care Catering

The National Association of Care Catering (NACC) unites, supports and represents everyone working in and associated with catering in the UK care sector. It is recognised as a respected source of information and opinion for the dynamic and growing area of care catering.

Visit the NACC website 

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Nutrition & Diet Resources UK

Nutrition & Diet Resources UK is a charitable social enterprise, working with specialist dietitians and related professionals to develop evidence-based resources that empower individuals and/or their carers to make informed dietary choices to prevent, manage or improve health conditions.

Visit the NDR UK website  

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University of Hertfordshire

The University of Hertfordshire undertakes research relevant to food insecurity, malnutrition and vulnerability in the Centre for Research in Public Health and Community Care and delivers educational courses in Dietetics and Nutrition plus doctoral programmes relevant to food, public health, social care and nutrition and dietetics.

Visit the University of Hertfordshire website 

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University of East Anglia

Researchers at the University of East Anglia investigate the effects of nutrition on ageing, as well as diet quality and malnutrition on musculoskeletal health and hydration care for older people. By working collaboratively with clinicians, we ensure our research is clinically relevant. Our research informs our teaching and educational courses for health professionals at undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD level.

Visit the UEA website

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The Malnutrition Task Force is not accountable for the actions, decisions and outcomes of the Malnutrition Awareness and Prevention Network.