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IrSPEN Policy Seminar: Improving Nutritional Care of Patients: a quality and safety priority

Dear all, 
We would like to alert you to the fact that IrSPEN (Irish Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition) will hold a policy seminar on 10th March which will take place at 13.00 to 17.00hr at the Clyde Court hotel in Dublin as part of the 2015 IrSPEN Conference (10th/11thMarch). 

This event is being organised with the participation of the Irish National Health Service Executive (HSE) Quality Improvement (QI) Directorate, with whom IrSPEN have been working closely over the last year to try to get improved nutritional care on the HSE agenda.  The National Director for Quality Improvement has personally taken up the challenge to start a ‘partnership programme’ on nutrition and hydration this year with IrSPEN involvement and this meeting will be the first time that any details of the programme will be outlined publicly. Senior managers from the HSE, Department of Health, Clinical Directorates, and representatives of patients / professional groups will be invited to attend and participate in the forum discussion at the end of the afternoon.

One of the objectives of the meeting is to highlight the different nutritional care needs of patients from the most complex ( i.e. intestinal failure patients) to the more general cases of undernutrition that occur throughout the health system.  The focus of the second part of the afternoon will be on case examples in which nutritional screening / assessment procedures and good nutritional practice have been introduced in an acute hospital, primary care setting and long stay unit and that could be applied nationally.  The last presentation is from the newly appointed national Nutrition and Hydration Lead from within the QI Division of the HSE on how they intend to establish a ‘collaborative’ model for implementing good nutritional care with IrSPEN and other stakeholder groups.  After this, there will be a forum discussion between the panel and the audience of invited guests. It is planned to publish this later as short proceedings.   

We trust you agree that this programme could serve as inspiration for similar activities within your national settings. For more information see

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