Bedfordshire dietitans Cathy Forbes and Leanne Fishwick win the Chief Health Professions Officer’s award for leadership for their Food First project
The Food First project aims to manage malnutrition in the community and includes an award scheme for care homes to encourage them to screen regularly for malnutrition and to encourage residents to eat real food rather than oral supplements.
The Food First team has spanned both health and social care by working with care home staff, community nurses, GPs and hospital doctors to develop resources and training to meet the needs of patients and staff. Social care staff have been trained to identify people at risk and 95% of care homes said their practice had changed since working with the team.
The judges were hugely impressed with Cathy’s and Leanne’s approach to leadership which inspired others within and outside the health world. They understood the shifting political landscape and developed strong clinical and strategic leadership to introduce a change which has the potential to vastly improve the lives of older people.