Analysis

Hospital food: the trusts yet to reach nutrition standards

Providers in England making good progress on the five standards, but there is still work to be done
Hospital caterers

Providers in England making good progress on the five standards, but there is still work to be done

Around a quarter of NHS trusts in England may not be meeting hospital food standards – three years after they became legally binding.

Chief among the nutrition standards for England’s hospitals is the requirement to demonstrate the Council of Europe’s ten key characteristics of good nutrition and hydration care. These range from screening all patients for malnutrition on admission to taking account of an individual’s nutritional and hydration needs in their care plan, and protected mealtimes.

The Council of Europe also calls for a multidisciplinary approach in which staff including nurses, dietitians and nutritionists, doctors, and caterers contribute to their trust’s

...

Want to read more?

Unlock full access to RCNi Plus today

Save over 50% on your first three months:

  • Customisable clinical dashboard featuring 200+ topics
  • Unlimited online access to all 10 RCNi Journals including Nursing Standard
  • RCNi Learning featuring 180+ RCN accredited learning modules
  • NMC-compliant RCNi Portfolio to build evidence for revalidation
  • Personalised newsletters tailored to your interests

This article is not available as part of an institutional subscription. Why is this?

Jobs