BAPEN Abstract: Evaluation of a new enteral feeding tube nurse clinic at the Weston Park Hospital radiotherapy department

Sheffield Teaching Hospital provides cancer services for patients across a wide region. Approximately 300 patients each year receive radiotherapy for head and neck cancer, around 50% of these patients have enteral feeding tubes placed.

Due to increasing patient numbers and increased Dietetic workload, a new “enteral feeding tube nurse clinic” was introduced, run by the local Nutricia Homeward Nurse Jennie Green, with the intention of supporting patients with enteral feeding tubes.

This clinic has been running since 2019 and is a “drop-in clinic” which both staff and patients can access for support. This is a unique service built in conjunction with the Dietetic team, designed to meet local patient’s needs.

In 2020 a review took place to evaluate patient satisfaction of the enteral feeding tube nurse clinic. Feedback was extremely positive with comments such as:


"Nurses always willing to help"

"Excellent nurses, great, quick, professional job-no fuss"

"Help available whenever it is needed"

The overwhelming feedback was that having contact with a Nutricia Homeward Nurse at least weekly throughout their radiotherapy treatment allowed patients to have rapid access to support, advice, reassurance, and training, especially important if their feeding requirements changed.

The clinics were temporarily suspended during the Covid-19 pandemic and have now restarted.

Patients, Dietitians and Consultants appreciate the instant and direct access to the Nutricia Homeward Nursing Service the clinic offers.

N. Wayne, J. Solomon, V. Gallivan, L. Gregory, G.P. Hubbard. Evaluation of a new enteral feeding tube nurse clinic at the Weston Park Hospital Radiotherapy department. BAPEN 2021. Clinical Nutrition ESPEN. Volume 48, April 2022, Pages 521-522


Nutricia offers access to a wide range of support services and resources including:

  • • Our free Sampling Service to order product samples and have them sent to your patients' homes.
  • • A range of CPD accredited e-learning programmes.
  • • Order free paper copies of our support tools for yourself or to use with your patients.
  • • Sign up to receiving marketing communications and be the first to know about our free educational events & webinars, the latest scientific research and product updates.


Help us provide information most relevant to you

Please ensure your role and areas of interest are up to date.