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Protected Mealtimes

Protected Mealtimes
Reference number
0367
Issue date01 January 2007
TypeToolkit

The National Reporting and Learning Service (NRLS) has undertaken a review of the Protected Mealtimes Initiative (PMI) to establish its uptake across acute trusts in England and Wales. It also aimed to identify the barriers to and critical success factors in its implementation.

 

The review found that PMI uptake varied between hospitals and between wards. There were also inconsistencies around which mealtime services are protected and in the type of clinical area that had introduced Protected Mealtimes. Barriers to implementation included ward rounds, diagnostic tests, visitors and other healthcare professionals.

 

Recommendations included:

 

  • That the NRLS share the report with the Royal Colleges and other relevant professional organisations.
  • Encouraging all NHS staff to report patients’ missed meals to the NRLS.
  • Encouraging them to implement Protected Mealtimes to improve patient safety at mealtimes.
  • That healthcare inspectors should include the implementation  of Protected Mealtimes as part of their healthcare standards

 

View PMI videos on YouTube:


Protected Mealtimes Review - Findings and recommendations report
Protected Mealtimes Review - Findings and recommendations report - 235 KB 0367 - Protected Mealtimes Review - Findings and recommendations report - V1
Protected Mealtimes Review - Implementation checklist
Protected Mealtimes Review - Implementation checklist - 72 KB 0367A - Protected Mealtimes Review - Implementation checklist - V1
Protected Mealtimes Review - Ward poster
Protected Mealtimes Review - Ward poster - 137 KB 0367B - Protected Mealtimes Review - Ward poster - V1
Protected Mealtimes Review - Implementation: top tips
Protected Mealtimes Review - Implementation: top tips - 73 KB 0367D - Protected Mealtimes Review - Implementation: top tips - V1
Protected Mealtimes Review - Observational audit
Protected Mealtimes Review - Observational audit - 82 KB 0367E - Protected Mealtimes Review - Observational audit - V1
Protected Mealtimes - practical guide - Presentation
Protected Mealtimes - practical guide - Presentation - 615 KB 0367F - Protected Mealtimes - practical guide - Presentation - V1