Nutrition - how to use this resource

This page gives you an overview of the material you can find in this resource on nutrition and hydration. Keep up-to-date with the issues by keeping the link to this resource in your list of favourite web sites.

You can read about the extent of malnutrition and dehydration and the associated risks for patients and the population at large in key challenges.

You can read about the campaign led by the RCN working in partnership with Abbott Nutrition in Nutrition Now (2007-2009).

We know what good nutrition and hydration services look like. We also have evidence for the effectiveness of interventions that promote better nutrition and hydration. We describe some of the most well used techniques in improvement actions.

The role of nursing in addressing the challenge posed by nutrition and hydration is outlined in the nursing contribution.
We have connected this resource to the eight Principles of Nursing Practice. The Principles describe what the public can expect from nursing practice in any setting.  You can find material aligned to the specific Principles in the following sections:

We have outlined some of the nutritional care issues that impact on specific groups.

You can do some bite-sized learning using RCN online CPD.

You can find examples of good practice from staff in enhancing nutritional care.

You can follow the latest in key policies, guidelines and current strategies in UK wide resources and find key guidance and tools at core nutritional care resources.

You can also find further guidance and tools on these specific topics: