HNSC

Hospital Nutrition Steering Committee (HNSC)

Adopted from BAPEN (www.bapen.org.uk/ofnsh/page4.html)

Brings together senior managers from many disciplines including nursing, catering, dietetics, pharmacy, medicine & surgery. It may appropriately be chaired by the Head Nurse or a senior figure within the hospital who can provide natural links with Governance and the Board. It may benefit from having sub-committees – for example  Research and Development, Screening, Specialist Services, Catering.

  • There will be three types of Hospital Nutrition Steering Commiittee's

    1. IAPEN Hospital Nutrition Steering Board

    Responsibility: Framing Guidelines for hospital settings in India.

    2. Chapter Hospital  Nutrition Steering Committee

    Responsibility: Monitoring the Hospital Nutrition Steering Committee present in all hospitals.

    3. Hospital Nutrition Steering Committee (HNSC)

    Key Responsibilities

    Its remit is across the whole hospital or institution. It:
  • Oversees and advises the hospital on all aspects of nutrition, including screening and assessment, catering and food, supplements, enteral and parenteral nutrition – for in-patients and out-patients.
  • Scrutinises, develops and co-ordinates hospital nutritional policy in response to  external and internal drivers  through research and audit.
  • Agrees standards for screening, assessment and monitoring;  food provision and nutritional support
  • Co-ordinates delivery of excellent nutritional support in all units, specialist or general.
  • Co-ordinates and monitors appropriate education and training programmes for all staff.
  • Liaises with specialist units and if necessary encourages, supports and  develops specific needs for nutritional care delivery within them
  • Supports at least one multi-professional  nutrition support team which includes at least one  nutrition nurse specialist
  • Oversees the coordinated procurement of supplies relevant to nutrition
  • Oversees management of food for staff
  • Advises on provision of commercial food outlets on hospital premises
  • Is answerable through a governance committee to the hospital board
For more information on HNSC, contact the regional officers or mail to info@iapen.co.in. We are planning to implement HNSC in various hospitals and IAPEN organizations. Suitable awards will be given to the participating organizations and life members.