Nutrition Care & Treatment Has Reached Its «Tipping Point»

 

All NHS and care organisations must comply with new Registration Regulation that confirms nutrition as «essential for safety and quality» it was announced at BAPEN 2008
Malnutrition Matters conference today (4 Nov).

Professor Marinos Elia, Chair of BAPEN (British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition) says: «Nutrition has reached its «tipping point» in 2008. At long
last, the importance of nutritional care and treatment has been acknowledged as vital to delivering safe quality patient care throughout the NHS and all other health and care
organisations».

Delegates at the BAPEN Conference heard from Virginia Storey, Head of Quality & Health Policy at the Commission for Social Care Inspection that Nutrition has been included in the 18
new Registration Regulations to be imposed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on NHS organisations, as well as all health and care providers across hospital, care and community
settings.

The 18 new Registration Regulations are being put in place to deliver «essential levels of safety and quality» for all patients and people in care.

The CQC whose work starts formally in April 2009 will be developing «compliance criteria» for each Regulation and against which each organisation will be inspected
regularly, with improvement expected year-on-year. Nutrition screening and training are expected to feature strongly in the criteria for nutrition.

«The strengthening of the regulations and standards around nutritional care and treatment is key to ensuring that best practice nutritional care and treatment is embedded into
daily practice in all NHS and care organisations», stated Professor Elia. «BAPEN welcomes this announcement – this is good news for all committed to improving nutritional
care and treatment».

BAPEN, the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, is the multi-professional association and registered charity, committed to improving nutritional care and treatment
in hospital, care and the community.

Marc Catchpole

 

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