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Community Hospitals

Focus on Undernutrition service has been implemented into three local community hospitals run by County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust.

Successful partnership working between Focus on Undernutrition with local community hospitals staff and the hospital catering service, resulted in:

  • training delivered to all healthcare staff
  • nutrition champions established
  • implementing of the ‘MUST’ nutritional screening tool, with core care plans
  • the use of food as treatment for undernutrition, through nourishing snacks and drinks, fortified diets and fortified drinks
  • reduced inappropriate usage of nutritional supplements
  • significant improvements in patient user feedback on meeting their nutritional needs, completed independently by Age Concern

The Royal College of Nursing in the Nutrition Now Campaign, and the Institute for Innovation and Improvement’s High Impact Actions have used this as examples of good practice.