This month Ruth discusses the Hospital Food Standard – BDA Nutrition and Hydration Digest.
For the full article please see below:To visit the article online in the Cost Sector Catering magazine click here.
BDA Nutrition & Hydration Digest is a Hospital Food Standard
The British Dietetic Association published its BDA Nutrition & Hydration Digest: Improving Outcomes through Food and Beverage Services in 2012. Its impact as an informative practical resource for helping hospital caterers and dietitians plan their menus was felt quickly throughout the industry, and it became one of the five new key Hospital Food Standards for England in 2014.
As a member of the BDA Food Services Specialist Group behind reviewing and rewriting the original document, and formerly as a clinical dietitian, I know first hand how important it is to patients that they have a choice of nutritious, tasty, appetising food and drink – and that meals fulfil their religious, cultural or dietary needs. It can play a big part in their recovery and feeling of well-being. As a dietitian I am also delighted the BDA Nutrition & Hydration Digest is now part of the government’s wide-ranging measures designed to provide healthier eating, and sustainable food and catering services across NHS Hospitals in England.
At Anglia Crown, we know full well that it’s one thing to come up with new strategies on paper, but quite another to implement them effectively in the real world. That’s why we offer support to those providing food and drink to patients so they can meet this new standard. We can advise how to use the ‘day parts approach’ and provide detailed recipe analysis that shows the nutritional content of our dishes at a glance. We’re on hand for menu capacity analysis and menu reviews, and can also offer dishes that meet diet coding recommendations and specific therapeutic, cultural, or personalised diets.
It’s great to see the BDA Nutrition & Hydration Digest helping to give patients choice and nutritionally balanced meals, and playing its part in the wider strategies to improve their nutritional outcomes.
Ruth Smith, is a Registered Dietitian for Anglia Crown and web communications officer for the Food Services Specialist Group of the British Dietetic Association (BDA)