HCT wins contract to lead new integrated Nutrition and Dietetics service in West Hertfordshire

Posted: September 10 2018

HCT wins contract to lead new integrated Nutrition and Dietetics service in West Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust (HCT) has been selected by Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group as the lead provider for a new integrated nutrition and dietetics service for people living in west Hertfordshire. The service, which goes live in November, focuses on helping people of all ages to have good nutrition and giving them the right support to manage their dietary needs.

There will be a single contact point through which adults and children will be able to access services.

The priorities of the new service are:

  • Preventing malnutrition and promoting good nutrition through education, community support, public health and social care services.
  • Providing education and training for health and social care workers.
  • Providing specialist care and support for people with specific conditions such as coeliac disease, or for people who need to be tube fed.

Clare Hawkins, Acting Chief Executive at HCT said: “We are very pleased to have been chosen as the organisation to lead this service. Effective nutrition and diet are fundamental to all our lives. The new service will help us to provide better support to a wider range of patients who have difficulty with eating or maintaining a good diet as well as carers and healthcare services including local GPs and care homes and hospices. We will achieve this by providing specific clinical services and through social support, education and training so that people feel more able to manage their diet and nutrition themselves. I am particularly pleased that we will be working in partnership with four local organisations to deliver the service, all of whom will use their expertise, skills and facilities to support and promote effective nutrition and dietary health.”

HCT is working with four organisations to deliver the new service. Each will focus on specific aspects of care and support:

  • West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust – providing specialist multi-disciplinary support for both children and adults with nutrition and dietetics needs, for example through its upper gastro-intestinal cancer service.
  • Hertfordshire Independent Living Service (HILS) – delivering training on the recognition and treatment of malnutrition for local carer agencies and care home teams.
  • Age UK Hertfordshire – providing social support and nutrition awareness for patients with or at high risk of malnutrition.
  • Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – providing specialist multi-disciplinary weight management services for obese patients, often with more complex needs

Kevin Barrett, GP board member at Herts Valleys CCG said: “This new service will enhance support for people of all ages in west Hertfordshire. In particular we look forward to our patients having consistent access in the community to dietary and nutrition advice based on real food options, rather than supplements, and a timely, coordinated and high quality service for our complex patients.”

The new service will go live on 1 November 2018.

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