It is Nutrition and Hydration Week from the 16-22 March 2015, we fully support this campaign for the health and social care sector. We have gathered a range of useful resources to help you improve Nutrition, Diet and Hydration in your care service.
Care providers should (from NHS):
- Deliver food service and nutritional care safely.
- Maintain an environment conducive to people enjoying their meals and being able to safely consume their food and drinks. (In hospitals this is known as ‘Protected Mealtimes’.)
- Support a multi-disciplinary approach to nutritional care, and value the contribution of staff, service users, carers and volunteers.
- Include guidance on food service and nutritional care in service delivery and accountability arrangements.
- Screen all patients and service-users to identify malnourishment or risk of malnourishment.
- Design facilities and services which are centred on the needs of the people using them.
- Create a personal care or support plan for each patient or service-user, and give them input to identify their nutritional care and fluids needs.
- Ensure that staff and volunteers have appropriate skills and competencies, and receive regular training.
- Involve patients and service-users in planning and monitoring arrangements for food services and drinks provision.
- Create a policy for food service and nutritional care which is centred on the needs of users.
Nutrition and Diet Training Courses
Nutrition and Hydration Week flyer (PDF)
Nutrition Factsheets from the NHS
10 Key characteristics for good nutritional care from National Association of Care Catering (PDF)
The 10 Key Characteristics of Good Nutrition and Hydration (YouTube)
Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool (PDF)
Malnutrition in Later Life: Prevention and Early Intervention (PDF)
Malnutrition Matters – Meeting Quality Standards in Nutritional Care (PDF)
Promoting Good Nutrition (PDF)
NHS: Improving Nutritional Care (PDF)
Lorraine Norris at Dignity Network on Nutrition and Hydration Slides (PDF)
SCIE: Dignity factors – Eating and nutritional care
SCIE: At a glance 3: Nutritional care and older people
Nutrition and Hydration Week