SPECIFIC NUTRITION RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE
MINISTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH
1. Nutrition is a primary consideration in
policy initiatives such as the National Service Framework for
Older People, NICE, etc.
2. Awareness of nutrition is increased among
the public, especially among people "at risk" including
the elderly, carers and people with chronic diseases.
3. Opportunities are taken by health professionals
to screen those at risk of malnutrition in primary care and routinely
on admission to hospital. This will ensure that all those who
require nutritional intervention will receive it.
4. Action is targeted to areas of highest
need, eg inner cities and deprived areas.
5. The assessment of the national incidence
and prevalence of malnutrition.
IN GOVERNMENT POLICY
AND THE NHS
To ensure co-ordination between:
1. The various internal DoH divisions which
currently deal with nutrition.
2. Primary, secondary and tertiary care.
3. Managerial, professional and clinical
elements of the NHS.
4. Clinical and public health nutrition.
5. Social services, voluntary service providers,
patient groups and the public.
6. Co-ordination with the Welsh and Scottish
Departments of Health.
1. Undergraduate medical and nursing students
receive nutrition training.
2. Co-ordination and liaison with key providers
of training (eg Royal Colleges).
3. Postgraduate training is available to
health professionals and clinicians.
4. The amount of research conducted into
nutrition is increased.