Covered in this course
This training course is broken down into 3 sections
- 1 Nutrition and Hydration
- 2 Food Safety
- 3 Promoting Adequate Nutrition and Hydration
What we eat and drink is absolutely vital to both our physical health and our mental wellbeing. In our first section, we will look at the importance of nutrition and hydration for those in Care who may not be able to do this for themselves and may rely on you to provide them with all the fluids and nutrients they need.
Whether you regularly prepare meals for your patients or simply supply the odd snack or two, you need to make sure that what you provide them with is safe and free from contamination. There are four main ways in which food can become contaminated. These are: physical, chemical, allergenic and bacterial.
Whenever anybody enters care or receives support from a care worker, even if it’s only short term, an assessment should be made about their nutrition and hydration in order to find out exactly what needs they have. The assessment should be recorded in their Care Plan and should cover whether they have any allergies, whether they need any support eating and drinking.
About this course
What we put into our body is vital to our health and wellbeing, this is a particular concern for those living in Care. It is vital that those living in Care get the proper nutrients and diet that they need as (in some cases) they are more susceptible to illness.
As well as knowing what fluids, foods and nutrition patients will need and how to handle food safety, employees in Care will also know what signs and symptoms of poor nutrition & hydration to look out for.
Employees will learn the importance of good nutrition & hydration and why it is important for maintaining good health and wellbeing in Care residents.
Standard 8 of the Care Certificate - Fluids & Nutrition - ensures that staff:
- understand principles or hydration, food safety & nutrition
- help individuals to have access to fluids which sits in line with their care plan
- help individuals to have access to food and nutrition in line with their care plan
For more information about Food Safety & Hygiene (Level 1 & 2) in the Workplace or Food Allergens, take a look at our Food Safety & Hygiene bundle.
You can access our free worksheet that has been designed to accompany our online Fluids and Nutrition in Care Training course. In each section, there is a box for you to
tick when you have watched the relevant slide in our course. You can also take notes that will help you during your practical assessment at work.
This course works in partnership with our 14 other awareness courses that make up the Care Certificate.
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Fluids & Nutrition Training certificate
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Each of our courses ends with a multiple choice test to measure your knowledge of the material.
This Fluids & Nutrition in Care Training course concludes with a 20 question multiple choice test with a printable certificate. In addition, brief in-course questionnaires guide the user through the sections of the training and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout.
As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time to reprint certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.
What does my certificate include?
Your Fluids and Nutrition in Care Training Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and stamps of approval or accreditations by recognised authorities.
Please note if you are using our course content via SCORM in a third party LMS then we are unable to provide certificates and you will need to generate these in your host LMS yourself.
Why is this training important?
It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work.
Fluids & Nutrition in Care is Standard 8 of the 15 standards that are in the Care Certificate. Those who have job roles in the health and social care sector are shown what is expected of them in the Care Certificate which is an agreed set of standards that employees need to pass. It forms part of an induction programme that should be covered if you are 'new to care'.
The Care Certificate was developed by Skills for Care, Health Education England and Skills for Health.