A toolkit to support the development of a hospital food and drink strategy

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Great Britain. Department of Health
Department of Health
Date of publication
1 March 2015
Health Services
Social welfare
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The Department of Health has created this toolkit, in conjunction with the Hospital Food Standards Panel, to support NHS hospitals in the development of a food and drink strategy, one of the requirements identified in the NHS Standard Contract.

The toolkit includes the relevant food standards identified as a requirement in the NHS Standard Contract.

For patient catering:

  • 10 Key Characteristics of Good Nutritional Care, NHS England.
  • Nutrition and Hydration Digest, the British Dietetic Association.
  • Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool or equivalent, BAPEN.

For staff and visitor catering (and applied as appropriate to patient catering):

  • Healthier and More Sustainable Catering – Nutrition Principles, Public Health England.

For all catering:

  • Government Buying Standards for Food and Catering Services, Defra.