Course Description

Malnutrition is a common health problem. There are an estimated 3 million malnourished people in the UK at any time, with many more at risk of becoming malnourished. Over 1 million are over the age of 65 (Age UK, 2016).

There are certain groups of people who are at higher risk of malnutrition, such as those living with chronic conditions, those with mental health needs and those who are approaching the end of life.

This half-day course is designed for any care workers who support individuals to eat and drink.

It provides an introduction to those who are involved in the planning and provision of meals for individuals who use care services about the importance of nutrition, hydration and diet when caring for an individual holistically.

Participants will gain an understanding of the good practice to promote the health and wellbeing of individuals. This will include giving learners knowledge on vitamins and minerals, eating aids, medical conditions and diet management as well as encouraging participants to think and discuss ways they can support diet choices and identify and overcome concerns and how to record nutrition and hydration needs effectively.

Learning Outcomes

After this half-day course staff will be able to:

  • Know and be able to identify signs and symptoms of malnutrition and dehydration in care settings.
  • Gain an understanding of what hydration and malnutrition mean
  • Understand common reasons and causes for poor nutrition and the symptoms of dehydration/malnutrition
  • Describe the effects of common conditions in older people on diet and how to improve bone and muscle density
  • Monitor and record nutrition and hydration needs and outcomes
  • Gain best practice in relation to legislation and Care Commission guidelines
  • Explain the legal and ethical need for screening
  • Describe the effect of food on the body and general health and identify key minerals and nutrients required by the body
  • Describe how to provide an adequate diet using MUST tool
  • Discuss the principles of MUST
  • Understand the role and function of the Food Standards Agency
  • Discuss allergies and the standards for allergy awareness

The session is followed by a multiple-choice assessment, designed to test learners’ understanding of the course. A certificate will be issued after successful completion of the training course.