Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust - Nutrition Support Team


Nutritional information, advice and support to patients with chronic conditions provided in a variety of settings.

Our client group are adults who require all forms of nutrition support from fortified diet to enteral feeds.

The Community Nutrition Support Dietetic team work across Liverpool as well as having good links with the Cities Secondary Care Settings enabling collaborative working ensuring smooth patient care across all healthcare settings.

Dietetic Assistants are also an important part of our team providing an on-going review service for our Nursing Home patients.

Specific Services the Nutrition Support Team provide:

  • Advice and guidance for patients who have difficulty gaining/maintaining weight, either at their homes or in clinics
  • Specialist advice for patients who are artificially fed via a tube into their stomach
  • Dietary advice for patients with long term conditions such as COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), Coeliac disease and diabetes
  • Group educational talks on COPD
  • Provide education to community nurses on Nutrition and Wound Healing
  • Specialist advice and guidance on the use of nutritional supplements to aid weight gain

Adult patients discharged home on enteral feeding will be managed by the specialist Home Enteral Feeding (HEF) Dietitians. Paediatric patients are managed by the Dietetic Department at Alder Hey Hospital.

Patients with Swallowing Difficulties

Patients with swallowing difficulties are at risk of becoming nutritionally compromised.  It is important that these patients are referred to the Speech and Language Therapist for a swallowing assessment as soon as problems are identified.

When the suitable consistency of foods and fluids has been recommended, the Dietitian can then give advice on suitable dietary intervention. 

Patients may require food fortification and/or nutritional supplements of the correct consistency in order to prevent weight loss, ensure an adequate nutritional intake and reduce the risk of aspiration.

Dietetic Assistants

There are currently four Dietetic Assistants working as part of the Community Nutrition Support team. Each Dietetic Assistant has a caseload of Care Homes in their allocated GP consortium. 

They support the Dietitians by completing assessments and carrying out reviews of patients in their consortia. A weekly handover takes place with a Dietitian where all service users that have been reviewed are discussed.

Service Details

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
Service Type:
Health services in the community
What groups of people is this for?:
  • The general public
What age groups is this for?:
  • Any age
What areas of the city is this for?:
  • People from anywhere in the city
How can I access this service?:
Via Referral
Who can refer me to this service?:
GP or other healthcare professional involved in your care
When is this service open?:
Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm
How much will it cost me?:
Council Area:
  • Liverpool

This page was last updated on 25 October 2018

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This page was last updated on 25 October 2018

Contact Details

Contact Name:
Nutrition Support Team
0151 295 9700