Pilot week for the VODG food and drink audit

Do you know whether the people you support eat a healthy diet? Do they drink enough?

This week (21 to 25 May) a group of VODG members and some of the people they support will be piloting an audit tool designed to measure the nutritional value of people’s food and drink. Participants will record everything a person eats and drinks on any one weekday.

The data will be analysed by Professor Chris Hatton and colleagues at the University of Lancaster. Each organisation will receive overall feedback on people’s nutritional intake compared with national recommendations on eating healthily and achieving a balanced diet.

Find out more here.

NAS: Autistic people and inpatient mental health hospitals

Autism is not a mental health condition, but many autistic people develop separate mental health problems. Often this can stem from a lack of appropriate support, which means that autistic people can develop more significant needs.

The NAS have developed information for families on what to do if their autistic family member is at risk or has been admitted to or discharged from a mental health hospital. 

Access the information here.