Food Hygiene and Safety

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Food Hygiene and Safety

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Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 introduced Fundamental Standards below which care should not fall. One of the Fundamental Standards is Regulation 14: Meeting nutritional and hydration needs.

The aim of this Fundamental Standard is to ensure that service users are provided with adequate nutrition and hydration to ‘sustain life and good health’ whilst diminishing the risks of malnutrition and dehydration during the time they are receiving care and treatment by the provider.

Upon admission, service users must have their nutritional needs assessed and the provider will have to ensure those are met, including any prescribed nutritional supplements and/or parenteral nutrition. It is important that when providing food and drink, providers respect people’s choices and take their religious and cultural backgrounds into account.

In the event of a breach or a part breach of this regulation by failing to meet the requirements which results in avoidable harm to a service user using the service or being exposed to a significant risk of harm, then the CQC can prosecute without any first warning notice.

For further information, it is recommended that you look at the CQC’s guidance, available at: http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/regulation-14-meeting-nutritional-and-hydration-needs#guidance

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