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Nutrition & Hydration Week 13th-17th March

nhw17The aim of National Nutrition and Hydration Week is to focus energy, activity and engagement on nutrition and hydration as a fundamental element of maintaining the health and wellbeing of our community. It is supported by BAPEN, the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, a charitable organisation consisting of dieticians, doctors, nurses, patients and pharmacists who promote a multidisciplinary approach to nutritional care.

At CMFT we are using this week to highlight, promote and celebrate best practice nutrition and hydration care. The week's activities are designed to engage patients, visitors and staff and include the Volunteer Service assisting with the patient dining experience as well as seeking patient opinion of our meal services through #WMTM.

The Sodexo team will be visiting ward areas to promote tasting of foods from the menu and attending wards to support the patient meal service. Each day of the week has a specific theme with a competition to highlight and celebrate best practice with a prize for the winning ward/department sponsored by Sodexo.

  • MUST/STAMP Monday - Best Nutritional Assessment Process
  • Tasty Tuesday - Best Overall Patient Dining Experience
  • Afternoon Tea Wednesday - Best Patient Tea Party
  • Thirsty Thursday - Best Hydration Care
  • Red Friday - Best service to promote protected mealtimes and support for 'at risk patients'

The prize winners for MUST/STAMP Monday were Ward 36; their on-going project work has seen compliance with nutritional assessment increase from 18% to 100%. This has been through their engagement with the wider Multidisciplinary Team to resolve barriers to compliance with nutritional assessment, and led to the development of a specific nutritional risk score for renal patients to identify patients at risk of malnutrition.

Find out more about National Nutrition and Hydration Week