Millions of people in the UK, particularly those older and vulnerable people in society, are not always receiving the food and nutrition they need to live well or recover from illness. Furthermore, with the increasing media focus on obesity and its associated challenges, there is a danger that ‘healthy eating’ a requirement for those that are nutritionally well, can be confused with ‘eating for health’ a more holistic definition that also includes the needs of the nutritionally vulnerable.
Most doctors are ill-equipped to tackle Britain’s increasing frequency of lifestyle-related diseases because they know little about how nutrition and exercise can improve health, a group of prominent medics has claimed.
- Malnutrition is common in the UK, affecting more than three million people at any one time.
- Around 1 in 3 patients admitted to acute care will be malnourished or at risk of becoming so
- 35 percent of individuals admitted to care homes will also be affected.
- In addition 93 percent of those at risk of, or suffering, from malnutrition will be living in the community.
Eating for Health
Each individual’s health and wellbeing is dependent upon their bespoke nutritional needs and personal preferences - this guide focuses on seeing and supporting nutrition ‘as a whole’.
NHS England Guidance - Commissioning Excellent Nutrition and Hydration
The document outlines:
- Why commissioners should make nutrition and hydration a priority
- How to tackle the problem
- How to assess the impact of commissioned services
- How commissioners have begun to tackle the problem via commissioning
Nutrition support in adults
This NICE quality standard defines clinical best practice within this topic area. It provides specific, concise quality statements, measures and audience descriptors to provide the public, health and social care professionals, commissioners and service providers with definitions of high-quality care. The standard covers adults (18 years and older) in hospital and the community who are at risk of malnutrition or who have become malnourished, and adults who are receiving oral nutrition support, enteral or parenteral nutrition.