Further to the recent update of the ‘Managing Adult Malnutrition in the Community’ guideline document and patient leaflets a number of new materials have been developed to assist healthcare professionals in identifying and treating malnutrition.
“The new materials have been developed in collaboration with experts working with malnourished patients across the UK in response to requests from professionals for resources in these areas,” says Anne Holdoway, Consultant Dietitian and Chair of the Consensus Panel which developed the guide. “There is some great work going on up and down the country to ensure patients are identified and treated for malnutrition and I would like to thank those who have been involved in the development of these resources for sharing their knowledge with other professionals in order to help raise awareness of malnutrition and encourage best practice across the UK.”
The new resources include a range of fact sheets, PowerPoint presentations for use in educating other professionals and a series of top ten tips for implementing the malnutrition pathway designed for specific professional groups.
There are two PowerPoint presentations on the website which have been designed to assist professionals in educating other healthcare professionals on malnutrition and to assist in presenting the financial case for treating malnutrition to reduce healthcare costs:
Slides can be picked from each presentation to suit information professionals would like to use.
Top Ten Tips series
The Top Ten Tips series has been developed so that guidance on using the malnutrition pathway in practice can be focused according to specific professional groups. The tip series includes guidance for:
The website, also now includes specific sections for dietitians, GPs, nurses, pharmacists, speech and language therapists, patients and carers, and aims to enable professionals, patients and carers to easily access materials that are most relevant to them (www.malnutritionpathway.co.uk/healthcare-index). A section has also been launched aimed at those working in care homes which includes top ten tips for care homes, the care homes fact sheet and example care plans for those at high, medium and low risk of malnutrition (www.malnutritionpathway.co.uk/carehomes).
Professionals can sign up to the Pathway newsletter which comes out three times a year and includes updates on relevant guidelines, reports, clinical papers and activities relating to disease related malnutrition. Previous copies of the Pathway can be downloaded here and professionals can sign up to get updates by clicking here.
The ‘Managing Adult Malnutrition in the Community’ guide and pathway is being used across the UK and since its launch in June 2012 www.malnutritionpathway.co.uk has been visited by over 85,000 professionals, patients and carers.
All of the resources can be downloaded for free from the website.
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