Caroline Lecko

    Caroline is a nurse by profession and has been working in the area of patient safety within the national patient team for the last 10 years. Caroline is currently working within the Nursing Directorate at NHS Improvement and is currently leads on projects related to nutrition and hydration along with pressure ulcer prevention, falls and discharge.

    Since 2006, Caroline has worked on a range of national and international projects to raise awareness of the importance of good nutritional care to prevent avoidable harm to patients and service users.

    These projects have included the development of the Hydration Best Practice Tool for Healthcare, the 10 Key Characteristics of Nutritional Care Factsheets, Dysphagia Diet Food Descriptors, the development of the Dysphagia Game, the redesign of the NHS Water Jug and improving food packaging.

    Caroline has used her interest in social movement methodology to design and delivered 2 national Nutrition and Hydration Patient Safety focused weeks in 2012 and 2013. Caroline then went on to work in collaboration with the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) and National Association of Care Catering (NACC) on Nutrition and Hydration Week.

    Caroline is an Honorary Patron Member of the Hospital Caterers Association and has been recognised in the top 20 most influential people in public sector catering in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

    Caroline’s main role for Nutrition and Hydration Week is to be the ‘Boss’ – someone has to keep Derek and Andy in order!!