Nutrition & Hydration Week – 13th – 19th March


Nutrition and Hydration Week aims to highlight, promote and celebrate improvements in the provision of nutrition and hydration locally, nationally and globally.

The mission is to create a global movement that will reinforce and focus, energy, activity and engagement on nutrition and hydration as a fundamental element of maintaining the health and well-being for our global community.

NHS England is this week supporting a national campaign to raise awareness of the importance of good nutrition and hydration care.

Nutrition and Hydration Week is a campaign of joint action by Hospital Caterers Association, National Association of Care Catering and NHS England to improve awareness of good nutrition and hydration for patients in health and social care.

There is evidence that poor nutrition and hydration can harm patients’ health and wellbeing, reduce their ability to recover and even lead to death. Poor and inconsistent practice in nutrition and hydration care can also lead to serious and avoidable harm.

Throughout the week, NHS organisations and other providers of health and social care will be hosting a variety of local activities including tastings, information displays, cookery sessions, bake-offs and training sessions. National activity includes:

  • A World Tea Party that will encourage social and health care providers to serve afternoon tea as a way of raising awareness of importance of nutrition and hydration;
  • The release of six new nutrition and hydration videos on the 6Cs Live! YouTube channel. Links to the videos are being tweeted out each day this week from @NHSEnglandPX.

To get involved, visit The Nutrition and Hydration Week website.

Wednesday 15th March 2017 will see an afternoon tea celebrated around the world!

Afternoon tea will be served in health and social care settings, promoting the week, the work your organisation does every day and showing how to improve nutritional intake.

We are encouraging everyone to take part in supporting this event no matter how large or smaller your organisation, the number of afternoon teas you serve may vary but every one of them indicates YOUR commitment to improving nutritional care.

If you are having a tea party during Nutrition and Hydration Week 2017, please tweet photos to @NHWeek and use the hashtag #NHW2017.

10 Key Characteristics for Good Nutritional Care video