Nutrition and hydration collaborative

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We ran a 180-day programme with 25 volunteer trusts to improve nutritional care — by increasing the accuracy of nutritional screening and the appropriateness of nutritional interventions.

Our resources will assist you in the delivery of a quality improvement programme within your organisation to improve the nutritional care of your patients and service users who are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition.

About the collaborative

We ran a 180-day programme, with 25 volunteer trusts, to improve nutritional care by increasing the accuracy of nutritional screening and the appropriateness of nutritional interventions.

The overall aims of the collaborative were to support trusts to:

  • increase in the proportion of patients with an accurate nutritional screen
  • increase in the proportion of patients receiving appropriate nutritional interventions
  • introduce and increase the use quality improvement tools and techniques

In addition to the above aims organisations could identify their own quality improvement focus if appropriate.

25 trusts volunteered to be part of the programme to drive quality improvements, each shared their good practice, what they have learnt about quality improvement and helpful techniques with each other.

Our support offer

We supported the trusts taking part in the collaborative to adopt improvement methodologies and created a learning community for them to discuss the changes they implemented and share their findings.

Collaborative sessions were held which included presentations from external speakers to share good practice and opportunity for the trusts to share their improvement journey to date. Each session included an introduction to a quality improvement methodology including, process mapping, driver diagram development, using PDSA cycles to test theories of change, measurement for improvement and scaling, and sustaining change.

A range of trusts volunteered to take part from different care settings including acute, community, mental health and integrated trusts, and many of the trusts teams included representatives from nursing, dietetics, speech and language therapists, catering managers, doctors and quality improvement leads.

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