The NHS Long Term plan encourages outcome collection as this enables us to identify processes that are effective as well as those that may need adapting; to improve service-user care and ensure a cost-effective service is provided with resources allocated accordingly.
Outcome collection and evaluation enables practitioners to assess whether they are achieving what they set out to achieve. Once collected, this data can then be used to promote the service to commissioners, and identify any service development needs.
The BDA Model and Process for Nutrition and Dietetic Practice (MPNDP) (superseded the now archived BDA Outcomes Model (2011) supports the dietitian to identify the most relevant goals and outcomes.
To support the use of the MPNDP for identifying dietetic outcomes, the BDA Outcomes Working Group recently created the Outcomes Guidance Document. This document provides practitioners with a step-by-step guide for measuring dietetic outcomes in relation to the MPNDP. To collate and evaluate outcome data, the BDA Outcomes Working Group created the Outcomes Framework. This can be downloaded and adapted to suit the needs of your service-users. Please note, we will be evaluating the framework over the next few months and will make any necessary changes during this period. An updated version following the evaluation process will be published here by March 2020.
If you are looking for a way of measuring a specific outcome, the following checklist can support you with this. The BDA were part of the Allied Health Professions (AHP) Outcome Measures UK Working Group who developed this checklist.
If you have any questions related to these documents, please contact us.