Media Release: Nutrition champions weigh in to help care homes

SCOTLAND’S care regulator, the Care Commission, is spreading the ‘Jamie Oliver effect’ into care homes with a group of ‘Nutrition Champions’.

The Promoting Nutrition in Care Homes for Older People programme was set up to provide an educational programme to help staff improve nutritional care for residents.

More than 50 Nutrition Champions have now completed the programme with 86 per cent of those rating it as very good or excellent.

The programme, led by the Care Commission’s nurse consultant for care homes for older people, Susan Polding-Clyde, involved a multi-disciplinary steering group with representatives from dieticians in NHS Scotland, Glasgow Caledonian University and Edinburgh’s Queen Margaret University and Scottish Government.

Susan said: “Making sure older people have nutritious food and drinks is fundamental to good care.”

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