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Tackling malnutrition In the community to improve clinical outcomes and reduce costs.
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•Recognise malnutrition as a significant and highly prevalent clinical and public health problem in the UK, with a wide range of adverse consequences for both patients and the healthcare system.
•Understand the importance of timely identification (screening) for malnutrition risk together with appropriate management, and the potential costs of failing to act
•Be aware of national and international guidance recommending screening and oral nutrition support, including dietary advice and oral nutritional supplements (ONS), for the management of disease related malnutrition.
•Recognise the role of ONS as an evidence-based strategy in the management of malnutrition in the community, with a range of clinical and economic benefits and potential for significant cost savings when used appropriately.
•Understand the key principles in ensuring ONS are used in an effective manner, including adequate prescription lengths and timely reviews
•Know how to practically embed evidence-based nutritional support into care pathways to achieve positive clinical outcomes with cost benefits.