Northern Ireland Branch News

From Deborah McNeill

Award presentationOn 23 October, the Northern Ireland Branch visited Bailies Coffee, Belfast. Bailies currently supplies several Trusts within Northern Ireland and Members were interested to see the roast house, tasting room and training room, where many of our staff have recently, and successfully, attended barista training. A Branch meeting followed, accompanied by lots of delicious coffee.

On 6 November, Branch Members headed to Stephen’s Catering showroom where, along with a display of the latest hot and cold display equipment, we were impressed when Mukesh Joshi demonstrated the iChef 24 hour meal solution and the Scraegg machine, which makes delicious and fluffy scrambled eggs in seconds. We were even won over by chocolate scrambled egg – if it’s chocolate we’ll eat it.

The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) has presented Tony O’Hara, Branch Chair, with a national Giving Voice Award, which was presented by Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex (pictured).

The judges were impressed with the inspirational leadership Tony has demonstrated in creating a multi-disciplinary project that improved mealtimes for those with dysphagia after people had expressed dissatisfaction with pre-prepared modified texture food and drinks brought into the Trust. Tony and his team worked with speech and language therapists, catering managers and dieticians to develop a menu plan focussed on fresh, healthy, IDDSI compliant and enjoyable food and drink for people with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties. The judges commended Tony for producing a tangible and sustainable model, which will impact greatly on the quality of people’s lives.

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