Northern Ireland Branch News

From Deborah McNeill

Northern Ireland Branch Members

On 22 May the Branch met at Holywell Hospital where Dr Naomi Baldwin presented the Northern Trust’s journey through the implementation of Mealtime Matters. This concept puts mealtimes as a focus of the ward, with every ward having an identified mealtime co-ordinator, and where nursing and service staff have identified tasks before, during and after the meal service. This is all designed to improve mealtimes for patients. This very informative and honest account was of great interest to members as we all start to roll out Mealtime Matters in our own Trusts.

Naomi’s presentation was followed by a Branch meeting, where current issues such as nutritional standards and associated training, bedside ordering and the work being undertaken by the newly formed catering management group were discussed.

On 19 June a small but perfectly formed group of Branch members travelled to Dublin to see the staff catering facilities at Microsoft, Ireland. We were inspired by the standard and range of catering available.

After the visit we met CMAI (Catering Management Association Ireland) members for lunch; it was a great opportunity to catch up and to compare current catering challenges. This annual trip is proving very beneficial to both associations, learning from each other.

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