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What is STAMP?

"The delivery of quality nutritional care is a fundamental of good healthcare. We call for children and adults in all settings to be screened and monitored for malnutrition."

Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive and General Secretary, Royal College of Nursing

Nearly 1 in 5 children admitted to a UK children’s hospital are at risk of malnutrition.1
According to the RCN, nurses have a key role in the nutritional screening of children.2

STAMP (Screening Tool for the Assessment of Malnutrition in Paediatrics) is a validated nutrition screening tool for use in hospitalised children aged 2-16 years.

STAMP is a simple 5-step tool that was developed by a team from Royal Manchester Children’s Hospitals and the University of Ulster, the lead investigator being Helen McCarthy, Lecturer and Honorary Paediatric Dietitian.

The work was supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Abbott Nutrition. Everything you need to complete a STAMP screening is available to download from this website, free of charge.

All you need to do is click on the ‘Downloads’ button at the top of the page, and follow the instructions.

All documents related to STAMP may be printed and copied for clinical use on condition that the copyright is retained in full.

1. McCarthy H (2008). Personal communication from author.
2. Royal College of Nursing. Malnutrition: What nurses working with children and young people need to know and do.
An RCN position statement.  April 2006



© 2008 Central Manchester and Manchester Children’s University Hospitals NHS Trust
Date of preparation: June 2010 RXNPD100001
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