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Fluids and Nutrition

This session aims to provide health and social care staff with examples of how they can provide adequate hydration and nutrition for people in their care, including, in particular, the very young and older people.

The session includes some examples of when people may need additional support with meals and hydration, and encourages staff to be mindful of their duty of care in this regard.

Skills for Health's Fluids and Nutrition course
Duration: 25 mins approx.
Assessment Method: Multiple-Choice
Certificate: PDF Certificate
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Course Provider: Skills for Health
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Any staff groups, including unpaid and voluntary staff, whose role involves supporting individuals with their routine fluid and nutritional needs.

Staff involved in particular roles such as provision of intravenous fluids or artificial nutrition will require additional specific training to fulfil their responsibilities.

This course is made up of the following modules:

  • Module 1: Fluids & Nutrition
  • Module 2: Fluids & Nutrition Assessment

By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of good hydration and nutrition in maintaining the health and wellbeing of individuals in care settings.
  • List the signs and symptoms of poor hydration and nutrition.
  • Explain how to promote adequate hydration and nutrition of individuals in care settings.
  • Identify how patients can be supported and encouraged to access fluids, food and nutrition in accordance with their preferences, requirements and/or plan of care.
  • Identify the effects of culture and religion on an individual’s dietary requirements and preferences.
  • Describe the importance of food safety, including hygiene in the preparation and handling of food in care settings.

The course is aligned with Care Certificate Standard 8: Fluids and Nutrition

Standard 8: Fluids and Nutrition

  • 8.1 Understand the principles of hydration, nutrition and food safety
  • 8.2 Support individuals to have access to fluids in accordance with their plan of care
  • 8.3 Support individuals to have access to food and nutrition in accordance with their plan of care


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