Nutrition and Hydration

Designed for new and existing employees in the care sector and anyone working with vulnerable adults.

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Compliant with health & Social Care standards


As part of its Nutrition Action Plan, the Department of Health asked SCIE to provide guidance to the care sector.

The key messages found were:

  • Food and mealtimes are a high priority for older people and affect their quality of life.
  • Malnutrition affects over 10 per cent of older people. (British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, 2006)
  • Malnutrition is estimated to cost the UK over £7.3 billion a year. (BBC, 2006)
  • It is estimated that up to 90,000 people who receive home care services could be at risk of malnutrition. (Grove. K. (2008), Sutton: UK Home Care Association)
  • When malnourished older people are admitted to hospital they stay in for much longer, are three times as likely to develop complications during surgery, and have a higher mortality rate. (Age Concern, 2006, BBC, 2006)
  • Routine screening for risk of malnutrition across health and social services is a key part of good nutritional care.
  • Giving older people the time, help and encouragement they need to eat can help tackle malnutrition.
  • Older people’s preferences and their dietary and cultural requirements need to be taken into account when planning mealtimes.

The Nutrition and Hydration Awareness course is designed with this in mind and complements the guidelines issued by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), The Department of Health, SCIE, Skills for Care CQC and the Care Act 2014.

The Nutrition and Hydration Awareness course is designed for:

  • Anyone working in the adult care sector including the private sector
  • Any new employees completing the Care Certificate
  • Existing employees to complete mandatory training
  • Employees needing to refresh/update skills


For the Learner

Learners, take this course safe in the knowledge that it is meeting industry standards while providing you with the underpinning knowledge required by care sector providers.

For the Employer

Employers choose this course for your employees and rest assured that not only have they fulfilled their legal responsibility but that this training will provide employees with the knowledge and skills to work safely and provide evidence to demonstrate compliance with Skills for Care and CQC key lines of enquiry.

Work at your own pace...

Work through this course, watch the videos, navigate the resources to professional organisations and current legislation and prove your knowledge with interactive quizzes before being awarded the Nutrition and Hydration Awareness course certificate.

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About Care Training Services

Care Training Services was established in 2011 with the aim of providing outstanding training in the Health and Social Care sector. To accompany the 100’s of hours of classroom training, we are pleased to bring you the Nutrition and Hydration Awareness online course.

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