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Nutrition Support Services

The nutrition support service supports people who are who are malnourished (undernourished) or who are at risk of becoming so due to disease, or receiving tube feeding. Most work is delivered in community hospitals, care homes, clinics and patients own homes. The service consists of dietitians, nutrition nurses, dietetic assistants and administration staff, and provide a range of services, including:

  • **Hot Topic** NPSA Alert - Early detection of complications after gastrostomy
  • Home Enteral Feeding (tube feeding) - coordinating this service across Birmingham.
  • Community Hospitals – Dietetic service in community hospitals including Moseley Hall, West Heath and Sheldon Unit, and training to the hospital staff.
  • Care Homes – support for patients receiving nutritional support in care homes and training for nursing staff.
  • Clinics -  for patients, able to access a local clinic, requiring nutritional support, aiming to optimise their nutritional status, and supprting patients receiving home enteral (tube) feeding.
  • Patients Own Homes –  home visits for bedbound patients for nutritional support, aiming to optimise their nutritional status, and supporting patients receiving home enteral (tube) feeding.
  • Nutrition Nurses - supporting patients receiving nutritional support in the community, as well as supporting dietetic colleagues and providing training for nursing staff and relatives/other agencies. Training is done on a team/patient specific basis and monthly training sessions across Birmingham. The nurses also work with various hospitals to help in the discharge of patients receiving tube feeding and undertake pre- PEG assessments in the community.

For details of how to refer a patient for Nutrition Support, see the referrals section , and to view various guidelines related to Nutrition Support see the links and resources section.

Nutrition Support Service Information Leaflet

MUST’ E-learning Training

Please click on: https://secure.digitalroutes.co.uk/bham to register and choose your working environment – either Primary Care or Care Home/Intermediate Care/Community Hospitals.  Each user then needs to register with a username and password to enable them to login and complete the module, assessment and receive an online certificate.  Please contact the Nutrition Support Team at PriestleyWharf, Tel: 0121 683 2300 for any further information.

Nutrition Support Service Training

Training sessions are often provided by the Nutrition Support Service as part of an established course or training programme, such as the importance of nutrition in wound healing; food and hydration of patients in the Community Hospitals; and nutrition and its role in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease as part of a rehabilitation programme.

Training can also be provided on an ad-hoc basis where appropriate. Please contact the Nutrition Support Service at Priestley Wharf, Tel: 0121 683 2300

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Training can also be provided on an ad-hoc basis where appropriate. Please contact the Nutrition Support Service at Priestley Wharf, Tel: 0121 683 2300