Fluids and nutrition

People who access care and support must have adequate nutrition and hydration to sustain life and good health and reduce the risks of malnutrition and dehydration.

Providers and staff must make sure that people have enough to eat and drink to meet their nutrition and hydration needs and receive the support they need to do so.

People must have their nutritional needs assessed and food must be provided to meet those needs. People's preferences and religious and cultural backgrounds must be considered when providing food and drink.

 

Standard eight of the Care Certificate, the standards for new staff in health and social care roles, focuses on fluids and nutrition.

We have practical resources and workbooks to help you to implement the Care Certificate as part of induction.

Find out more about the Care Certificate.

 

Nutrition and Hydration Week has taken place every March since 2012. Its purpose is to bring people together to create energy, focus and fun in order to highlight and educate people on the value of food and drink in maintaining health and well-being in health and social care. There are a large range of support resources available from the website.

 

Adult social care employers can claim back a contribution towards the cost of qualifications and learning programmes through our Workforce Development Fund (WDF).

The 2019-20 WDF provides funding towards the Level 2 Award in Food Safety and Nutrition.

Find out more here.

 

We can help you choose the right learning and the right provider for you.

Our ‘Guide to developing your staff’ can help you plan, select and evaluate the right learning for your staff and service.

We can also help you to find high quality learning providers. Skills for Care Endorsement finds and badges learning providers who we see as the best. Our endorsed providers deliver high quality learning and development to the social care sector.

Search for endorsed providers in our online directory.