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Nutrition and hydration: CPD

Getting it right every time - Nutrition and hydration care at the end of life

This resource has been developed for you by the RCN and is designed to offer you support in your delivery of appropriate end of life care alongside your existing training, with a particular focus on nutrition and hydration.

The resource is for any registered nurse, student nurse, health care assistant (HCA) or assistant practitioner working in any healthcare setting or specialism. The aim is to give you an understanding of your role when it comes to meeting the nutritional and hydration needs of people with life limiting illnesses. You can work through this resource at your own pace either all at once, or by one of the “bite sized” pieces of learning whenever it is convenient for you.

Supporting patients’ nutrition needs – getting started

CPD online learning on general nutritional needs is relevant to the whole nursing team. This learning area provides information on nutritional care in all settings. You can also use this area assess your understanding of nutrition and hydration.

Learning outcomes

After completing all of the sections in 'Supporting people’s nutritional needs' you should be able to:

  • describe the terms 'nutrition' and 'malnutrition'
  • identify the five food groups and describe the components of health eating within these groups
  • describe the impact of malnutrition on patients and the health system
  • explain why not meeting nutritional needs is a patient safety issue
  • describe the case for and best practice advice about nutritional screening
  • outline the five steps for using the 'Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool' ('MUST')
  • briefly describe what the 'protected mealtimes' and 'red tray' initiatives are and how they support nutritional needs in care settings
  • describe correct techniques for assisted eating.

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