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Home enteral nutrition and team working

Community provision of nutritional support to patients who are unable to meet their nutritional requirements through oral intake alone is increasing. These patients often have complex clinical and social needs due to their diagnosis and social circumstances, and thus require input and support from a number of different healthcare professionals. This article, from a winner of the JCN Writing Awards, outlines how concerted team working can provide a seamless service for patients requiring home enteral nutrition.

The author wishes to acknowledge the support provided by the staff of the Home Enteral Nutrition Service of Lewisham Healthcare NHS trust.

Dr Omorogieva Ojo BSc MSc PhD RPHNutr. Senior Lecturer in Primary Care, Department of Acute and Continuing Care, School of Health and Social Care University of Greenwich
Ileen Patel BSc Service Lead, Home Enteral Nutrition Team, Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust