Fluids & Nutrition in Care Training


This online Fluids and Nutrition in Care Training course covers the content of standard 8 of the Care Certificate. The course provides the user with an understanding of the importance of a balanced and nutritious diet for the elderly in a care setting.

The CPD Accredited eLearning course can be completed in as little as 25 minutes and provides the user with a printable certificate upon completion of the end-of-training test.

Learning Outcomes

In this course you will learn:

  • What we class as ‘good nutrition’.
  • Signs that someone is not receiving the nutrients they need.
  • Food safety risks and how to prevent them.
  • Types of contamination and their effects on vulnerable people.
  • Ways in which you can provide and support access to fluids, foods and nutrients.

Course Contents

This course consists of three sections.

Section 1: nutrition and hydration

Section 1 of this course outlines basic nutrition and hydration requirements, the importance of each for healthy minds and bodies, and what this means for people who may not be able to access the sources of their fluids and nutrients without your help.

Section 2: food safety

As it is your responsibility to ensure that any food or drinks you provide to your patients is safe and free from contamination, the second section of this course details the four types of hazard that can contaminate food—physical, chemical, bacterial, and allergenic—and how you can work to prevent such contamination.

Section 3: promoting adequate nutrition and hydration

Section three covers how to complete an assessment of a patient’s nutrition and hydration and record it accurately in their care plan. The care plan should also include whether the person has any allergies, and what support they need in preparing and consuming food and drink.

About the Course


Everyone who receives care support has different needs, and some may have less independence regarding their food and fluid intake than others. As a carer, it is your responsibility to ensure that the people you support are getting everything they need for a balanced and healthy diet.

This course will explain the nutritional intake required for optimal health, as well as how to assess whether patients are receiving everything they need and record this in their care plan. Food safety is an important part of providing nutritional care, so you will also learn about allergies and contamination, and how to reduce any risk of harm from the food and drink you may handle or supply.

Standard 8 of the care certificate—Fluids & Nutrition—requires staff to:

  • Understand principles or hydration, food safety and nutrition.
  • Help individuals to have access to fluids which sits in line with their care plan.
  • Help individuals to have access to food and nutrition in line with their care plan.

This course works alongside the 14 other awareness courses that make up the care certificate standards.

Offering practice-based information and advice, this course acts as a precursor to the practical training required to obtain the care certificate.

Available in 31 languages, the course takes around 25 minutes to complete.


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