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Diet and Nutrition Including Constipation

Subject category: General Health and Social Care

Course overview

This course has been developed for all learners who support individuals with their nutritional and dietary needs. Learners will develop their knowledge and skills in fluid and nutritional requirements and after attending this course they will be able to demonstrate an understanding of good nutritional requirements to support individuals to eat and drink well. Learners will look at the signs and symptoms of dehydration and malnutrition, and discuss how this can be prevented and managed.
This course is delivered using a range of methods and resources including:
Case studies, group discussions, small group activities, the Eat Well Plate and DVD clips.
This course has been developed and mapped to:
NICE Guidelines for Nutrition
And the following QCF unit:
Support Individuals to Eat and Drink

Course content

Balanced diet
The eat well plate
The journey of food  
Medical conditions that could affect nutrition input and wellbeing
Nutritional assessment and support
Alternative feeding
Dietary history
Biochemical results
Malnutrition – sign and symptoms
Prevention of malnutrition
Assisting individuals to eat and drink
Constipation – causes, prevention and management

Learning outcomes

Define the term balanced diet and describe what a balanced diet contains 
Recognise and explain the concept of the eat well plate 
Describe the journey of food  
List medical conditions that could affect nutrition input and wellbeing 
List nutritional assessment tools and explain how to undertake nutritional assessment
State alternative feeding routes
Explain the importance of nutrition and hydration
Describe the signs and symptoms of malnutrition and dehydration  
Give examples of how to prevent malnutrition 
Explain the documentation involved in relation to fluid and nutritional needs
Give ideas about how to effectively assist individuals to eat and drink
Describe ways in which they can help prevent and manage constipation 


3 hours

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