Care caterers across the UK are being encouraged to take part in a world record attempt as part of Nutrition and Hydration Week.

The organisers of the week – the Hospital Caterers Association and the National Association of Care Catering – have set themselves the challenge of trying to create a new official world record for the most cream teas served in five or more countries for the same event on the same day and already have the support of colleagues across the globe.

The record attempt will take place on Wednesday 16th March and all you need to do is provide afternoon tea to as many people as possible – this must be a cream tea that provides a drink, preferably hot, a scone, jam and cream. The current world record for an afternoon tea is 569 served in one place and only 667 across a multi-site. You can find out more information on how to apply at tea/

The event is one of five focus days taking place during the awareness week, which runs from March 14-20. Monday focuses on Big Breakfast, Tuesday – suppertime, Wednesday – Global Tea party, Thursday – Thirsty Thursday and Friday is either Fishy or Fruity or both.

The aim is to create a global movement that will reinforce and focus, energy, activity and engagement on nutrition and hydration as an important part of quality care, experience and safety improvement in health and social care settings.

Derek Johnson, Nutrition and Hydration Week lead, said: “We can’t thank everyone enough for engaging with Nutrition and Hydration Week. It is beginning to make a difference in how food and drink are viewed in health and care settings across the UK and beyond. It provides everyone with the opportunity to shout about the great work they deliver every day and is proving actions do speak louder than words.”

Here’s what happened during Nutrition & Hydration Week 2015:

• Hundreds of hospitals took part

• Thousands of care homes held events and activities

• 32 nations pledged their support

• 1,119 Twitter followers

• @NHWeek tweets reached 4,450,311

• Those with the #NHWeek reached 6,187,735

• The Thunderclap to start the week was seen on 218,000 social media accounts

• During the week the NH Week website was visited 9,278 times from people in 49 countries around the world.

• The @WeNurses NHWeek Twitter chat had 4,908,217 impressions in one hour

This year, the organisers will be putting together a series of blogs, including some from key national leaders, but they would also really like to hear from you. The blogs will all start with ‘I love Nutrition and Hydration Week because………’ and will be a maximum of 200 characters. Please send your blogs to or and the best blogs will be posted throughout the week. Various free downloads are available to help your promote Nutrition and Hydration Week at: