Guidance - Commissioning Excellent Nutrition and Hydration

Over the past 12 months the NACC has been part of a National Strategic Advisory Group that includes representatives from the Hospital Caterers Association, Age UK and the British Dietetic Association. This group has created new guidance launched by NHS England on 'commissioning excellent nutrition and hydration'.

The document outlines why commissioners should make nutrition and hydration a priority; how to tackle the problems; how to assess the impact of commissioned services; how commissioners have begun to tackle the problems; and further resources to help commissioners address the issue.

Malnutrition affects around one in three patients admitted to acute care, 35% of those admitted to care homes and leaves an annual bill exceeding £19 billion, according to the document.

The guidance urges commissioners to include a focus on preventing malnutrition and dehydration; develop nutrition and hydration care pathways; ensure the issues are in the contracting, quality assurance and performance and monitoring of commissioned services; and ensure the process is taking an integrated approach that provides an all-encompassing approach.

Please click here to view the complete document.

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