Following the inaugural Nutrition Day on 20 March, the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) and the National Association of Care Catering (NACC) are to make it an annual, week-long event. The Nutrition and Hydration Week 2014 will run from 17 – 24 March 2014.
Linking with the Patient Safety First campaign, the associations have expanded their work to raise awareness of the importance of good nutritional care, which includes hydration, in all social and healthcare settings throughout the UK.
Nutrition and Hydration Week will focus on positive action. It will provide advice and guidance to health and social professionals on the action that can be taken to help prevent under-nutrition and dehydration.
The aim is to illustrate how, by making changes to eating and drinking habits, people can improve their quality of life. The campaign will benefit professionals and staff within social and healthcare settings by showing them the preventative role they can play in reducing malnutrition-related illnesses that in a community setting can lead to expensive social care packages.