Events for Nutrition and Hydration Week 2017

We would love to hear your plans for Nutrition and Hydration Week 2017 so that we can share them and inspire others.

  • Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
  • Colleagues at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board have shared their Nutrition and Hydration Week ‘bundle’ with us. The bundle includes lots of activities including:
  • Global Tea Party –  Wednesday 15th March will see an afternoon tea party celebrated around the world! The BCUHB Catering departments have engaged with the event annually, and each year it becomes bigger and better! This year the Tea Parties will be held on every ward between 2 – 4pm, in every unit across the Health Board. These provide an ideal opportunity to showcase our dedication to improving nutrition and hydration for patients, to patients, their families, loved ones, carers, and staff. It is also the opportunity to launch new initiatives….
  • Wise up on Water! Hydration poster launch – A snapshot audit of hydration awareness on wards during N&H Week 2016 demonstrated some areas of poor knowledge, and also demonstrated the poor hydration status of clinical staff.This poster has already been produced ready for distribution to all areas on Monday 13th, and will be placed in a highly visible spot on the first day of the week! As per the Wise Up on Water campaign, we are dedicated to improving the hydration status of patients AND staff. This poster points out the key messages to ensuring adequate hydration.
  • ‘Quality Check In’ on nutrition and hydration – It is essential that Ward Managers and Matrons are closely involved with the nutrition and hydration needs of their patients. We feel it vital they are ‘checking in’ on N&H on a daily basis to inform accountability, identifying needs for improved quality care and to facilitate change.At present we don’t have a checking in process or system, however 1000 Lives+ have published a core toolkit to facilitate change. This is not intended to be punitive: it is simply an assessment of daily quality.This year we are excited to launch our ‘Quality Check Ins’ in nutrition and hydration! We propose that the ‘Check ins’ will commence with a celebratory visit by a Matron in agreed pilot areas, who will look for areas demonstrating good practice, plus supporting innovative solutions to improvement.Using the 1000 Lives guide, the Improvement Team have developed some prompt questions to use during a ‘ward walk around’ to facilitate action.
  • Power of 3 – A joint launch by Catering, Dietetics and Nursing (‘The 3’), with support from SLT, OT and pharmacy. Working as one, a senior member from each of ‘The 3’ with support from other services (which may vary per site) will observe the ‘last 9 yards’ (or so) of a patient’s meal from the kitchen, to their side, and the mealtime occasion.The process quality will be scrutinized and reviewed. Patients will be asked their opinion of the service and treatment they received.A range of questions will be asked of ward documentation and patients, which will enable the population of a national BAPEN database. This allows benchmarking of quality across the country. As yet, this tool has not been populated by any other Health Board in Wales!
  • Jugs – The current National guidance indicates the need to maintain the ‘blue and red’ lidded jugs, to highlight to staff which patients need assistance. Our audit in 2016  demonstrated poor awareness.
  • Where we go: To promote water changes, we will be working on a range of options to assist in identifying when jugs have been changed and working towards meeting the National Guidance.
  • Pok Oi Hospital, Hong Kong
  • We plan for training workshops, tea party, patient meal satisfaction survey and staff canteen booth during Nutrition and Hydration Week 2017.
  • Lincolnshire NHS CCG Health Protection Team
  • We are looking to actively promote Nutrition and Hydration Week amongst our staff, patients, service users, social media and our 97 GP practices that we look after.
  • Heart of England NHS Trust
  • We will have some canopies (finger foods) and little cake fancies/sausage rolls, anything calorific for our elderly patients
  • We have some recipes for milk/banana based drinks and decorate glasses with umbrellas etc
  • We are going to do a cocktail event (non alcoholic of course) for one of the days, our other days will be tea/coffee/cake.
  • Friends of the Elderly and Triangle Community Services
  • The Friends of the Elderly charitable group will be supporting Nutrition and Hydration week 2017. We have 14 care homes, 8 home care services and a number of voluntary programmes. Our comms team will also be supporting with social media over the week.
  • South Gloucestershire Sirona
  • The dietitian in South Gloucestershire Sirona are facilitating 10 training sessions for community nurses (potentially training 200 nurses) on malnutrition screening aimed at raising awareness of timely intervention.
  • Nevill Hall Hospital
  • We at Nevill Hall Hospital Abergavenny will be taking part in the Global Tea Party.
  • Village on the Isle – Florida
  • Thank-you again for including us in Nutrition and Hydration Week.We here in America will participate in daily events throughout the week, including the tea party on March 15th and also a St. Patrick’s Day meal on the 17th. Once plans are finalized a copy will be forwarded.
  • Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust
  • Thus the plans so far.
  • 1. Front entrance display with three sections-Theme of the day-General N & H week blurb- Diet of the day
  • 2. 5 of our lovely Dietitians have volunteered to follow a therapeutic diet for the week and raise money for a related chairty to increase our profile and provide publicity for the week. TBC but something like this-Pureed diet – Stroke Association (me)-Gluten Free – Coelliac UK-Renal – Kidney Research-Liquid – Crohn’s and Colitis UK-Clean Diet – MacmillanWe are hopeful Cornwall food will be able to provide some patient meals so we can experience what it is like to be an inpatient and a patient at home. We plan to use the Trusts Facebook and Twitter feeds to blog about our experiences.
  • 3. World afternoon tea – Last years cream teas were great but distribution was tricky. This year we are hoping to get the league of friends on board. Last year I did not think it was all going to come together but it did in the end. But at least we won’t have the added stress of the world record attempt, we were collecting and collating data till 7pm.
  • 4. Staff quiz – we used the daily bulletin and survey monkey to run this.
  • 5. Taste Testing Tuesday – the theme for Tuesday.


  • All Aspects Care Limited
  • I am emailing to let you know our firm plans for the nutrition and hydration week.

    I have two businesses and one is a domiciliary care business, one is a vintage crockery and party hire business.

    I am linking up with a local residential home to do a vintage high tea party. I will do a menu for the residents and our staff will all work together to host this event. We will focus on a nutritional menu (ie: beetroot and chocolate cake and courgette cake. Healthy sandwiches and smoothies served in vintage glass wear)

    We hope this will bring enjoyment and also reminiscence to our target audience whilst promoting nutrition and hydration.

    I would love to forward you photographs of the event.

  • Sunrise and Gracewell
  • Just to keep you posted we are launching a shaker to the Gracewell sites and reinforcing the importance of hydration for those with dysphagia on thickened fluids

    2 staff members are also having thickened fluids for 3 days too and publicising this as case studies after

    The week coincides with us holding Taste of Sunrise and Gracewell Events showcasing our foods and celebrating with residents as well as holding open events to invite people in and join in the dining too which combines brilliantly with raising the profile of Nutrition and Hydration.


  • Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • We have a week of activities planned including afternoon tea, nutrition support drinks rounds and a stand in the main entrance. We are hoping to produce a tablecloth for the stand and maybe a large poster/stand.


  • City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
  • Here in CHS, we are making good progress with our plans (based on your suggestions in the newsletter).
    I’ve attached a poster outlining this.
    We are also piloting a new fluid monitoring chart during that week, so it’s going to be a busy one!


  • Fairhavens Hospice, Southend
  • Just to let you know we are planning to follow the theme on each of the five focus days ie Big Breakfast on Monday, Suppertime Snack with fortified snacks and meals on Tuesday, etc etc.

    Our main event will be a tea party in the day centre where we will invite our day patients as well as our inpatients in the hospice to come and drink tea, eat sandwiches, homemade cakes and scones as well as try smoothies, homemade lemonade etc for those who want it. We are also planning on a piano player to keep our guests entertained.

    On Fruity Friday we thought it would be fun to offer fruit kebabs and to try some more exotic fruits and on Thirsty Thursday our nutribullet will be overworked with a selection of nutriblasts and smoothies as well as offering some non alcoholic cocktails.


  • East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust 
  • At present, the Trust has a variety of actions planned:

    1. Aligning with NHS England’s new Health & Wellbeing CQUIN scheme for 2016/17, we are currently preparing a ‘model checkout’ which will be placed on display to expose persons to how the food environment can influence our choice and, ideally, be manipulated to support healthier habits (as a converse to recent times and supermarket ‘guilt lanes’).

    2. A range of educational posters have been drafted for display across all sites (attached for viewing), communicating information pertaining to Western Diets, Mediterranean Diets, Sugar, Saturated Fat, Salt, Fibre and Alcohol & Hydration.

    3. Apetito, our patient food supplier at Burnley General Hospital, intend to hold a public tasting event once arrangements have been finalised.

    4. The Speech and Language Therapy team will be promoting hydration for patients with swallowing difficulties. Speech therapists across the Trust will be involved in a thickened fluids challenge for 24 hours on Tuesday 14th March. This will include their morning cup of tea to a glass of their favourite tipple at the end of the day.

  • Leeds Public Health Team
  • Here in Leeds, OPFM members and other partners have supported the campaign in a number of ways including:
    · Mocktail event to increase hydration
    · Health Events
    · Themed meals “Taste Tests”
    · Information sessions
    · Cooking Sessions
    · Hamper Raffles
    · ………………….to name a few