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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF ... an NACC National Executive Committee Member

Published: 2nd June 2020

As Head of Nutrition and Hydration for a group of care homes, my day is varied. A typical day will be to start with emails and making a to do list which may or may not be easy to stick to!!!

I attend a number of Microsoft teams calls through the week too – some scheduled meetings and some support calls to sites. Half of my work links to quality development which could mean writing policies and procedures or helping input into a training programme and the other half of my work is responsive to need.

At the moment I have been concentrating on safety and IDDSI, ensuring sites can cater well for choices and needs. I have also been looking at how weight and wellbeing are affected by those in isolation in their rooms, a measure taken when a site is affected by COVID-19.

Needs at the moment include doing deep dive checks on sites where there is an unusual weight loss pattern, supporting a new Chefs induction or carrying out support visits and audits. At the moment these are remote and I, like many of us have needed to adapt to this. Having meetings face to face on Microsoft teams has been brilliant and in many ways more productive.

I work within the quality team of specialists, striving to provide safe systems of practice across sites so that each and every residents needs are listened to and responded to and we go the extra mile to ensure they are provided with a great dining experience with a great range of food and drink to make each day special.

I am so lucky to link in to other catering and health professionals such as Chefs, Speech and Language Therapists and Dieticians as well as linked organisation such as the NACC, Love British Food, Bournemouth University and other working multidisciplinary groups to be able to simply share good practice across all sites.

I am very fortunate and humbled by the great people around me.

Sophie Murray, Head of Nutrition and Hydration, Sunrise Senior Living

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