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NHS Community Services

Focus on Undernutrition has worked in partnership with the North East Strategic Health Authority and local commissioners to develop regional CQUINs (Commission for Quality and Innovation) on the identification and treatment of undernutrition, for both community and acute NHS services.

To support the implementation of these CQUINs Focus on Undernutrition has developed:

  • Clinical policy ‘Identifying and treating undernutrition in adults’
  • Role essential training for all community healthcare staff
  • Resources to support the identification and treatment of undernutrition in the community, including ‘MUST’ in nursing records, electronic template of ‘MUST’ and core care plans on Systm One computer system, clinical guidelines, patient information leaflets

Training of appropriate staff is fundamental to the implementation of the CQUIN. The community training has been accredited by Teesside University as a level 4 certificate (10 credits) and endorsed by BAPEN (British Association for Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition).