The British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN) is planning to undertake a national nutrition screening survey across both hospital and community care settings in September this year. BAPEN is delighted that the British Dietetic Association and the Royal College of Nursing have agreed to collaborate on this important initiative and that it will be supported by the National Patient Safety Agency.

Why is such a survey needed?

  • The prevalence of malnutrition in UK is based on data collected in studies undertaken over 10 years ago involving a limited number of institutions. It may not reflect the magnitude of the problem today.
  • Different criteria were used to define malnutrition in these studies .
  • The BAPEN Nutrition Screening Initiative will be the first prospective national survey of the prevalence of malnutrition in the UK
  • It will complement data collected as part of the European Nutrition Day audits but the amount of paperwork that will need to be completed for the UK survey will be considerably less.
  • It will be used to inform the Department of Health and other government departments, other organisations and the media of the current magnitude of the problem.
  • Data from participating centres will be analysed and returned to reporters to enable local data to be compared with national figures.
  • The results of the survey will also form the basis of launching or promoting other initiatives such as education and training of health professionals, including nurses, who usually undertake nutritional screening.

Further information about the Screening Week will be available shortly.

To register an interest or a willingness to participate, please contact Christine Russell (Hon Treasurer, BAPEN) on 01327 830012 or email: ca.russell@btinternet.com