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Hospice UK running webinars on nutrition in palliative care

Author: Marie Cooper
07 November 2017

Marie Cooper, Practice Development Lead in Care and Clinical Leadership at Hospice UK, writes about the charity’s webinar series on nutrition in palliative care.

Understanding and meeting the nutrition and hydration needs and wishes of patients is a key aspect of palliative care, and for many the issue of eating and drinking at this phase of illness can be complex and multifaceted, resulting in stress for the patient and their family/carers. It is imperative that this aspect of care is handled sensitively and with confidence by all members of the multidisciplinary team.

In a  series of four practical and informative webinars, Caroline Quilty from St Joseph's Hospice  is  addressing  the themes commonly found to be both challenging and of interest for front line clinical colleagues and catering teams.

  • The webinars consider food and nutrition in palliative care – why it is important and what are the consequences of malnutrition?
  • Gain an understanding of the rationale for nutritional screening in palliative care and tools to consider.
  • Appreciate the impact of malnutrition and cachexia on the psychological and physical wellbeing of the person.
  • Consider the treatment of poor appetite and weight loss including practical steps that may be taken.

They aim to support those hospices with little or no direct dietetic service, and registered nurses and associated colleagues with an interest in nutrition should attend.

We are now halfway through our four webinars with the next one on Thursday November 16 in which Caroline will focus on identifying cachexia and its psychosocial impact.

To date we have had 40 sites join us on the two webinars. It is marvellous to have colleagues from care homes and hospices from across the UK becoming increasingly confident and happy to engage in the ‘chat box,’ asking and responding to questions  and sharing their practice. From such sessions we have identified a real interest in developing a palliative care screening and assessment tool.  

To register for the next two webinars, visit Introduction to Nutrition in Palliative Care Webinar series 2017 by November 14

You can either join individually or as a team, and do not worry if you have missed the first two, you can find the recorded version and the presentation on Introduction to Nutrition in Palliative Care

Although the webinars are free to join and open to members and non-members of Hospice UK, you must register to attend and ensure you have followed the instructions on webinar access.

For more information either download the nutrition flyer, visit the Nutrition in Palliative Care webpages or contact Marie Cooper

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