Posted: September 10 2018
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:
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:
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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