NHS England has supported a national campaign to raise awareness about the importance of good nutrition and hydration across all health and social care settings.
Week commencing March 17th 2014 is Nutrition and Hydration Week, is the result of a collaboration between:
Patient Safety First (PSF).
According to the BAPEN website, supporters of Nutrition & Hydration Week in other countries include the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals, USA, the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management, the Institute of Hospitality in Healthcare, Australia, the Spanish Association of Hospital Hospitality, the Norwegian Dietetic Association and Healthcare Caterers International.
“There is evidence that poor nutrition and hydration care contributes to poor patient experience and can seriously undermine a person’s health and wellbeing, reduce their ability to recover and increase mortality. There is also evidence that poor and inconsistent practice in nutrition and hydration care can lead to serious and avoidable harm”. (NHS England).
NHS England supports national Nutrition and Hydration Week. London: NHS England, March 12th 2014.