Aims & Charter

Nutrition & Hydration Week aims to widely promote the following:

 Our Charter

The Nutrition and Hydration Charter describes our vision of nutrition and hydration as an important part of quality care, experience and safety improvement in health and social care settings. The charter outlines the value of food and drink in the health and social care sector, to provide guidance for decision makers, service providers – profit & non-profit organisations, carers, families and those in receipt of the services. As signatories to this nutrition and hydration charter, we commit to work in partnership towards a service where avoidable malnutrition and dehydration related illnesses are eradicated based on these principles:

We support health improvements through our commitment to provide:

Food and drink as an essential component to physical and mental well-being

Access to nutritious and safe food in every health and social care setting, including hospitals, community, residential and day care services

Protected Mealtimes, so that mealtimes become an integral part of the care provided by the service and are not unnecessarily interrupted.

We support education and training through:

Nutrition & Hydration promotion strategies that encourage and improve the health and independence of the services’ users

The Continued Education and Professional Development opportunities for the providers of services in the sector to further enhance their knowledge and application of good nutritional care practices

The creation and introduction of Nutrition advocates/champions for each organisation/workplace to continuously promote and enhance good nutrition, including hydration, for all employees

Nutrition and Hydration promotion strategies that encourage and improve the health and well-being of employees and those they serve

We support service development through:

The 10 Key Characteristics for Good Nutritional Care and the development of action plans to further embedded these in local services and regulatory bodies

The creation and introduction of Nutrition Advocates / Champions for each health or social care setting, to continuously promote and enhance good nutritional care

The introduction of industry led minimum standards for good nutrition in the respective settings

We support service promotion through:

Nutrition and Hydration Week and other industry initiatives to promote our service

The highlighting and promotion of good nutrition and hydration practices

The sharing of good practices

We support diverse culture through:

Opportunities to celebrate and promote traditional and cultural food diversity


The Nutrition and Hydration Week Team

Andy Jones, Caroline Lecko  and Derek Johnson



Download a charter for your organisation.