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Nutrition support teams: how they work, are set up and maintained
  1. Jeremy Nightingale
  1. Correspondence to Dr J Nightingale, St Mark's Hospital, Watford Road, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 3UJ, UK; jeremy.nightingale{at}


Safe cost effective nutritional support is provided by a multidisciplinary team whose activity is overseen by a Nutrition Steering Group that reports directly to the Hospital Trust Board. When a nutrition support team (NST) is first formed, a nutrition nurse specialist enables parenteral nutrition to be given safely. An NST needs to have a clearly agreed scope of practice and needs to be able to justify its presence in terms of quality and cost savings.

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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