Good nutrition and hydration are essential to positive mental and physical wellbeing.
The importance of nutrition and hydration in the prevention of numerous illnesses and the maintenance of physical and mental health and well-being has long been recognised.
The role of nutrition and hydration is an obvious but under utilised factor in mental health and therefore delays in treatment. There is a growing body of research which indicates that foods and fluids plays an important role in the development, management and prevention of specific mental health problems. Achieving the nutritional and hydration needs of all service users is a priority and is an integral part of effective health care.
We have developed a Trust nutrition and hydration strategy and policy, which are overseen and monitored by our Nutrition and Hydration Steering Group. You can view these on the policies and procedures section of YourSpace.
Nutrition and hydration for patients
For our patients, malnutrition and dehydration are a significant risk, and both contribute to significant harm. Making sure our patients get the nutrients they need from their diet supports and speeds up recovery.
Healthier eating for all
In addition, national obesity rates continue to rise and we are passionate about promoting healthy lifestyles amongst our staff and visitors.
Sustainable food and catering services
Our inpatient catering services and catering outlets aim to offer healthy food in a context of informed choice, while maintaining awareness of sustainability and environmental issues.
Dysphagia is a term used to describe swallowing disorders that may occur in the oral and/or pharyngeal stages of eating and drinking. These can arise from a wide range of neurological, structural, psychological and organic conditions including the dementias.
People with mental health and those with learning difficulties are more at risk of experiencing swallowing problems and choking.