M6: Food, fluid and nutritional care as a key drivers to improve healthcare outcomes: The Nutrition Education policy for Healthcare Practice Training Package

Wednesday 27 March 

We face a complex healthcare challenge from under-nutrition, over-nutrition and micronutrient deficiencies alongside inadequate hydration. These can complicate illnesses, lengthen hospital stay and worsen clinical outcomes. Individuals experience one or more of these problems during their life course (e.g. an obese patient in hospital with acute illness losing weight rapidly goes undetected due to baseline body mass). We seek to create awareness around nutrition screening and assessment for rapid management of malnutrition in healthcare.

After this session, participants will be able to:

1. Define and classify the main nutritional problems facing patients
2. Use simple, rapid and effective screening tools to detect clinical malnutrition
3. Understand pathways linking screening, assessment, diagnosis and management across both primary and secondary care

Sumantra Ray, Founding Chair and Executive Director, NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health in Cambridge, Co-Founder of BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health