The pages listed below set out how you can use the Principles to improve nutritional care:
Dedicating time to prioritise the nutritional needs of patients, clients and users; recognising and supporting the enjoyment of mealtimes and their important social, cultural and religious functions.
Taking responsibility for the care provided.
Challenging poor practice in relation to nutrition and hydration.
Providing person-centred care and ensuring that all aspects of nutrition are taken into account and acted upon in the context of each patient's needs.
Assessing the environment and ensuring it supports good nutritional care.
Evaluating the impact of nutrition and hydration care plans and making the necessary changes.
Knowing the recognised process in each organisation for anticipating, minimising, recording and reporting nutritional risks to patients, clients and users.
Keeping up to date by accessing and using quality information and evidence about nutrition and hydration.
Contributing to multi-professional and multi-agency working that achieves seamless nutritional care.
Leading by example and influencing the way care is given.