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Nutricia’s National Dementia Declaration Action Plan

Jun 04, 2015 - 11:09 AM

This is how Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition (Nutricia) supports the National Dementia Declaration and what Nutricia intends to do by 2016 to transform the quality of life for people living with dementia. 

1.The National Dementia Declaration lists a number of outcomes that we are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

At Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition we believe nutrition is integral to healthcare. Whether managing a long term condition or recovering from an illness, dietary intervention can play an important role in delivering outcomes to individuals as part of their overall healthcare. For this purpose Nutricia provides specially designed foods, known as medical nutrition, which provides options for people who cannot eat normal foods due to their health condition, or who need to supplement their diets to help overcome or reduce the risk of malnutrition. We provide specialised feeds not only to help people at risk of malnutrition but also to meet specific nutritional needs that can help them manage their condition. Patients and healthcare professionals are also supported through a range of Nutricia services that integrate with the NHS.

Nutricia is the market-leading provider of medical nutrition products and services in the UK and is the largest specialist nutrition company in Europe, with over 200 nutritional scientists in research and development and 100 nurses in the UK. The Nutricia team of nurses and customer service staff supports over 20,000 people across the UK who need to be tube fed in their own homes through the Nutricia Homeward Service.

Over the past 15 years Nutricia has made a major commitment to research and development in the area of Alzheimer’s disease to investigate the role of nutritional approaches to Alzheimer’s disease; in particular the development of novel nutritional approaches to promote synapse formation. Nutricia is committed to supporting people with dementia and their carers to ensure that the quality of nutritional care is consistent at all stages.

Three million people are at risk of malnutrition in the UK, a proportion of which are older people. Nutricia works with hospitals, care homes and GP practices to make early diagnoses of malnutrition, and supports them in implementing nutritional screening. Nutricia runs education programmes with charities such as Carers UK and Care England to educate carers, both paid and unpaid, on the importance of good nutrition.
Nutricia will raise the profile of the dementia strategy with their employees and colleagues and enable them to better understand the needs of carers of people with dementia through the ongoing dementia friends workshops for staff; additionally, Nutricia will support those employees who themselves are carers through the Carers UK Employers for Carers Scheme. By developing and delivering better services for people with dementia, Nutricia’s involvement will have a positive impact on the lives of people with dementia, and their carers.

Nutricia is committed to the training of staff who are in contact with carers, including Nutricia nurses, to provide better support; Nutricia will work with other stakeholders with the aim of improving its service provision to those with dementia and supporting those organisations who care for people with dementia. In addition, Nutricia will work with these stakeholders, either to help them improve the training they provide, or in improving the training they receive in identifying those who may be at nutritional risk, and the most appropriate nutritional care. Nutricia supports the National Drive to promote earlier diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease and recognises the need for innovations to help tackle this debilitating disease. We commit to continuing our clinical trials programme, sharing the outcomes with all relevant stakeholders and bringing innovative nutritional products to the UK market.

Nutricia will between now and 2016 do the following:

  • Work with key organisations such as Care England, Carers UK, Malnutrition TaskForce, Alzheimer’s Society to raise the awareness of nutritional risk in people with dementia and their carers, and develop useful resources to help empower people to understand what constitutes good nutrition;
  • Work with key organisations to enable the training of our staff to better understand the needs of people with dementia and their carers when communicating with them through regular dementia friends workshops; Nutricia continuing to support the Employers for Carers Scheme;
  • Through the Nutricia Resource Centre support carers who have concerns about nutrition;
  • Work with other organisations to promote consistent nutritional care throughout the UK, which would mean nutritional screening in all care settings, appropriate nutritional intervention, monitoring and review of nutritional care; identify areas of good nutritional practice and highlight these to key stakeholders;
  • Work with Care England to improve nutritional training in care homes with particular reference to dementia;
  • Work with external stakeholders to develop a consensus/guidance of nutritional management for people with dementia/AD.

Nutricia has a wide outreach and will use various routes to cascade the key messages of the dementia strategy. Such routes include the Nutricia website, intranet, newsletters, professional journals, conferences and other channels.

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