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UK Malnutrition Awareness Week 

14 -20th October 2019

Invitation to participate in a national survey of malnutrition and nutritional care during UK Malnutrition Awareness Week

“As part of UK Malnutrition Awareness Week 2019 (founded by the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN) and the Malnutrition Task Force), we will be running a national malnutrition screening survey to help us understand more about the prevalence of malnutrition in adults and gain insights into the nutritional care they receive.
We would like to have as many people as possible across all health and social care settings (hospitals, care homes, mental health units, GP practices, domiciliary settings etc) to get involved during this week so we can get as big a survey as possible.
A simple electronic portal accessed via the BAPEN website and will allow you to quickly and easily input your data.

There are 5 steps to getting involved:

1. Register for access to the UK MAW screening portal so you are all ready to capture data during the week
2. Tell other colleagues about the week and encourage them to register too
3. Use ‘MUST’ to screen for malnutrition during UK MAW week from 14th – 20th October 2019
4. During the week enter your data into the portal, it is quick and simple to use and will do all the calculations of ‘MUST’ (Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool), for you from the data you enter.
5. To find out about other UK MAW activities logon to the BAPEN website www.bapen.org.uk/malnutrition-undernutrition/combating-malnutrition/malnutrition-awareness-week

You can also follow BAPEN on twitter @BAPENUK and please also reference #MAW2019 in any tweets.”
Hopefully, you will be able to assist BAPEN in getting an accurate picture of malnutrition in the UK health and care sector during the week.

Public Sector Catering Expo – A new event dedicated to public sector caterers

The Public Sector Catering Expo is a new event for 2019 dedicated to caterers and chefs operating in the public sector and will run from 19 – 20 November.

The two-day event, taking place at the Telford International Centre, aims to bring together buyers, decision makers and influencers from across the entire industry.

There will be a major exhibition of suppliers, seminars, networking and live cooking demonstrations that will showcase the best of catering in schools, hospitals, universities, colleges, social care settings, prisons and the military.

The seminar programme will look at the key topics and issues affecting public sector catering including: health & nutrition; food costs & sourcing; allergens & labelling; mental health & wellbeing; recruitment & training; food & plastic waste; diet & menu trends.

The organiser, The Public Sector Magazine Managing Director, Andrew Archer says: “The Public Sector Catering Expo has been designed to create a unique event that brings together buyers, decision makers and influencers from across the entire industry.”

Click the link below for more information and to book free tickets



Reducing urinary tract infections in care by improving hydration

Colleagues at the Oxford Patient Safety Collaborative have shared a link to their recent publication Reducing urinary tract infections in care homes by improving hydration.

The aim of this quality improvement project, started in May 2016, was to reduce the incidence of UTIs by improving hydration with the ultimate aim of reducing UTI admissions to hospital by 5% from the previous year.

You can read the excellent article at:


Nutrition and Hydration Week 2019 

We will be sharing some of the amazing stories from Nutrition and Hydration Week 2019 over the coming weeks and months in our newsletters. Hopefully they will inspire you as much as they have as….

Colleagues at St. Georges Hospital NHS Trust have been regular supporters of Nutrition and Hydration Week and over the last few years have really used the week to raise awareness of the importance nutrition and hydration. We just loved this brilliant short video they produced for Nutrition and Hydration Week 2019 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOIwHlEZ6Z0&feature=youtu.be

From our friends at the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management (CSNM)

Dave Lebert from the CSNM has shared some information on their student challenge:

‘This year CSNM challenged approximately 400 students who are enrolled in Nutrition Management in CSNM’s ten accredited college programs to plan a Tea Party for those residing at a Long Term Care Home.  This Tea Party was to be part of Nutrition Hydration Week celebrations. 
Andy Jones, one of the founders of the Global Tea Party generously offered to host a Webinar to help students start designing a Tea Party worthy of recognition.  All students who submitted their plans received complimentary Student Membership in CSNM as well as their Provincial Chapter.  Two Grand Prize winners receive a CSNM Annual AGM/Conference experience including all travel expenses. 
This is the third Student Challenge and this year thirty students representing each of CSNM’s ten accredited programs have submitted their plans for hosting a Tea Party that promotes Nutrition and Hydration.   
There are many creative themes and menus showcased as well as ways to market the event.  CSNM hopes that you are inspired by the ideas presented and use them to help plan a Global Tea Party to be remembered.  Don’t forget to submit pictures and descriptions of events hosted at your facilities- nhweek@yahoo.co.uk’
Some of the students kindly agreed to share their competition submission – thank you

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