The Effectiveness of Education and Training by Dietitians

Education and training packages designed and delivered by dietitians will enable staffing groups across all sectors to effectively identify patients who are at risk of malnutrition.

Targeted education packages will up-skill different disciplines in health (i.e. nursing, medicines management) the voluntary sector and social care enabling them to also deliver malnutrition training in a variety of settings (primary care, secondary care, nursing/care homes, day centres).

Patient education will empower patients and carers in vulnerable groups, enabling them to implement strategies to improve their own health outcomes. The implementation of appropriate nutrition policies, standards, indicators and guidelines will facilitate best practice and cost effective outcomes, embedding seamless nutritional care across all sectors (health, social and voluntary care).

Link to National Demographics:

Current lifestyles present a serious threat to population health.

70% of the adult population does not consume the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables, 26% are obese. One in 4 patients in hospital have dementia and that needs are not currently well responded to.

Staff in acute settings and care homes may need extra training in caring for people with dementia and delirium.

Source/Reference:

A Toolkit for Commissioners and Providers in England British Association of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN) 2010.