Nutrition and Hydration

incl. understanding the M.U.S.T. (Malnutrition Universal Support Tool)

This half day course is designed to help equip staff working within the health and social care sector to meet the nutrition and hydration needs of our service users, supporting a person-centred approach to a healthy diet.

The course aims to meet the Care Quality Commission (CQC) guidance and is mapped to the Care Certificate Induction Standard 8: Fluids and Nutrition

Course Objectives

To support staff working within the care sector(s) to:

  • The importance of a “healthy, balanced diet” and how this translates to supporting our service users (to include nutrition and hydration)
  • Identifying service users  “at risk” of poor nutrition and dehydration (to include swallowing difficulties);
  • How M.U.S.T. should be incorporated within an individual’s nutritional support plan (Malnutrition Universal Support Tool)
  • The different levels/types of support that may be needed to enable service users to eat and drink sufficient amounts for their needs
  • Basic nutritional facts, to include the “Eat Well Plate”,  the 5 main food groups, nutrients, fluids and hydration
  • Considering fortifying foods and nutritional/dietary supplements
  • How poor diet can contribute to health problems and how to promote good health through healthy diet
  • Promoting “Rights and Choices”: menu-planning, shopping, person-centred planning, smell, taste, recognition of sensory awareness (including hunger)
  • Cultural diversity and how we can consider food and hydration in relation to cultural and religious beliefs/practices and requirements
  • Legislation and regulations governing the safe preparation and handling of food plus managing client nutritional needs


Course Information

Duration: Half day

Certification: Certificate of attendance

Cost: £345 + VAT (recommended group size 12-14 maximum)

Travel charge: Dependant on location

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Nutrition and M.U.S.T.

Training in Healthcare Norwich Norfolk