Christie staff have got firmly behind Nutrition and Hydration week to ensure our patients receive the best care possible.

Nutrition and Hydration week occurred across the world during the week beginning Monday 16th March 2015.

Nutrition is important for cancer patients to help them cope with the side effects from their treatment, aid recovery, fight infection and enhance their quality of life.

The Christie organised a packed week of activities to raise awareness for both staff and patients on the importance of this issue.

On Monday 16th March our executive team, members of staff and Christie volunteers assisted with afternoon tea offering drinks and cakes to patients on the wards. The aim was to promote the importance of snacking between meals and hydrationfor our patients.

On Tuesday 17th March we ran a 'have I got allergy news for you?' quiz for clinical staff. This was to promote the new EU legislation relating to people with food allergies. Ward staff received stars for answering questions correctly on the quiz.

On Wednesday 18th March we ran a 'I'm a ward nurse get me out of here' quiz. This was to promote the special diet menu for inpatients. The ward staff got points for trying the texture of modified meals and trying the fortified soups and custards.

On Thursday 19th March we ran a '8 out of ten snacks' and 'play your supplements right'. This was to promote the inpatient nutritional care plan, such as offering snacks between meals. The ward staff had to guess the calorie content of snacks and supplements and got stars for their correct answers.

At the end of the week there will be a ward which wins 'Nutrition Champions'.

Loraine Gillespie, nutrition and dietetics manager at The Christie, said: "Our work to promote Nutrition and Hydration week to staff and patients has created a real buzz around the hospital. Staff have really enjoyed the teaching sessions which have helped them enhance their nutritional knowledge and provide the best possible care for our patients."

Other activities throughout the week included displays promoting how we achieve the '10 Key Characteristics of Good Nutritional Care' such as our policies on nutritional screening, our individualised nutritional care plans and our commitment to protected meal times. There was also a display on food allergens, highlighting the work carried out at The Christie to keep our patients safe with food allergies.

Nutrition and Hydration week is the collaboration between the Hospital Caterers Association, National Association of Care Catering and Patient Safety Domain NHS England. The aim of Nutrition and Hydration week is to promote nutrition and hydration as an important part of quality patient care, experience and safety improvement.