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Fluids and Nutrition - for Health and Social Care

Sanctuary Training

Fluids and Nutrition - for Health and Social Care



Having a sufficient amount of fluids and good nutrition is crucial for maintaining health. If you’re involved in the care of vulnerable adults, you should be able to recognise when a person is not eating or drinking properly. In this six module course, you’ll develop an understanding of the importance of proper fluids and nutrition.


This course is aimed at:

  • New members of staff in Healthcare Support Worker roles
  • New members of staff in Adult Social Care Worker roles 
  • Any staff members who provide direct care to patients or individuals needing support

This course will also be useful for:

  • Staff moving into new roles within their organisation
  • Refreshing the knowledge of any member of staff


Using practice-based scenarios, video elements and engaging questions, this Fluids and Nutrition course brings the subject to life. You’ll cover topics including the importance of food safety, signs and symptoms of poor nutrition and hydration and how to support individuals to gain access to fluids, food and nutrition in accordance with their plan of care.

The knowledge element of standard 8 of the Care Certificate is covered in this course. 

You will automatically get a course certificate on course completion – with your name, the CPD hours, the date and learning objectives.


Once you’ve completed this course, you’ll have a knowledge of:

  • Why you should wash your hands before preparing food 
  • What might make food unpalatable or dangerous to eat
  • How to ensure that food is safe to eat
  • The importance of food and hydration in maintaining health
  • What makes a healthy diet
  • What role fluids play in the body and how to encourage good hydration
  • How to recognise when someone is not well nourished or dehydrated
  • What to do in cases of severe dehydration
  • The reasons why a person might be poorly nourished or hydrated
  • What you should do when supporting individuals to have access to fluids and food

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