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28 April 2008

 

The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) launched the first three in a series of ten fact sheets to support the 10 Key Characteristics of good nutritional care in hospitals produced by the Council of Europe Alliance (UK) at RCN Congress held in Bournemouth.

 

The fact sheets have been developed by the NPSA in conjunction with the Royal College of Nursing, the Hospital Caterers Association, the National Association of Care Caterers and key stakeholders from the private sector. The first three releases in the 10 Key Characteristics for good nutritional care in hospitals series will explore the following:

 

  • food service and safe delivery of nutritional care

  • hospital-wide support for a multidisciplinary approach to nutritional care, drawing on staff groups working in partnership with patients and service users

  • implementation of ward protected mealtimes to provide an environment conducive to feeding.

 

Further fact sheets will be developed to support the remaining seven characteristics and these will available by April 2009.

 

Chief Executive of the NPSA Martin Fletcher, said: “The 10 Key Characteristics of Good Nutritional Care toolkit will provide a resource for all healthcare staff, across all healthcare setting, to improve the nutritional care delivered to patients and service users. Work around the improvement of nutrition is key to providing better quality of care.”


Nutrition Lead for the NPSA, Caroline Lecko, said: “The factsheets are intended as a resource to enable healthcare staff to become aware of their role and contribution in improving the nutritional care of their patients and service users and provide guidance as to how they can implement the 10 Key Characteristic of Good Nutritional Care to improve the nutritional status and subsequently the safety of people in their care. The first three factsheets are the beginning of a suite of factsheets which will be developed and launched over the next 12 months to ensure that the 10 Key Characteristics of Good Nutritional Care become embedded with health and social care environments. The National Patient Safety Agency will continue to work in collaboration with key stakeholders on the development of this toolkit.”

 

The 10 Key Characteristics for good nutritional care in hospitals were produced by the Council of Europe Alliance (UK), including representation from Government and non-Government organisations across the UK with an interest in nutritional care, including the NPSA, the British Dietetic Association, the Royal College of Nursing, the Hospital Caterers Association and the Royal College of Physicians.

 

The aim of the tool was to create a common understanding of what good nutritional care should like look in a hospital environment. These factsheets will address each of these characteristics to provide a practical resource to help healthcare organisations and their staff promote good nutritional care.

 


 

 

Notes to editors

 

  1. For further information please contact Nick Rigg on 020 7927 9362 or nick.rigg@npsa.nhs.uk

  2. The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) helps the NHS learn from its mistakes so that it can improve patient safety. It does this by collecting reports on errors and other things that go wrong in healthcare so that it can recognise national trends and introduce practical ways of preventing problems. It does not investigate individual cases or complaints, but it does listen to public concerns and uses what is said to improve safety

  3. Nutrition factsheets

  4. More information about the ongoing programme of work from the NPSA to improve nutrition