Dietitians call for Nutritional Plans for Long-term Care Patients

Dietitians call for Nutritional Plans for Long-term Care Patients

Dietitians in the UK are calling for patients with long-term conditions to have nutritional plans incorporated into their overall care plans.

“The Value of Nutritional Care in Helping the NHS to Deliver on the NHS Outcomes Framework” is a report from the British Dietetic Association (BDA) and the British Specialist Nutrition Association (BSNA). It is thought to demonstrate how delivering good nutritional support can help the NHS in England meet its ambition to improve patient outcomes and experience of care.

Outlined in the report are practical examples of good practice provided by dietitians, as well as links to resources to support commissioners and providers in putting high quality services in place in their area.

The organisations believe high quality nutritional care and access to support from dietitians are essential in helping people with long-term conditions to manage their condition better and in improving experience of care. More than 15 million people in England have a long term condition and this is set to increase over the next 10 years as the population ages. The care of people with long-term conditions accounts for 70% of spend on health and social care in England.

The report is also published on the day when the British Dietetic Association launches its new campaign called ‘Trust a Dietitian’ which positions dietitians as the gold standard when it comes to food and nutrition professionals, and further highlight the value and impact of dietitians on the health of the nation.

Siân O’Shea, BDA Honorary Chairman said: “Our report shows that improving nutrition, with support from a dietitian, can help to prevent health problems, improve functional status, and increase quality of life and well-being in people living with long-term conditions. With rising numbers of us living with one or more long-term condition(s), and escalating costs of care, we need to act now to help people manage their care better.”

Original Source BDA

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