West of Scotland Branch News

From Robert McLaughlin

The Branch held its hugely successful annual Study Day, entitled Food Still Matters, and Burns Supper at the Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld, on Friday 24 February, although the weather stopped any plans for the golf competition because Storm Doris decided to join the event too, dropping in rather a lot of snow.

We were delighted that National Chairman, Phil Shelley, and Vice-President, Mike Hall, were able to join events, along with other Chairs of Associations, with myself often saying that we had more Chairs there than the local furniture warehouse!

More than 120 delegates attended the day, which included a large exhibition, and Mike Hall chaired the day, with presentations on:

  • Improving Nutritional Care: Denise Deas and Elizabeth Waterhouse, Project Dietitians, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde.
  • Healthcare Retail Standards: John Drummond, NHS Health Scotland.
  • An Alternative Service Model to Provide EFM: Alison McCree, Director of Facilities, County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Dementia Friends: an interactive presentation delivered by Anne McWhinnie.
  • HCA Progress so far: Phil Shelley, National Chair.

Our Burns Supper, and dancing, followed in the evening and everyone was given a ‘favour’, which included the handmade scottish delicacy, Tablet. The hotel showed us the most amazing service during the meal.

We also had a joint meeting with the East of Scotland Branch at ScotHot, held at the Scottish Exhibition Centre, where many trades showcased new equipment and foods.

The Branch is looking forward to going over the pond to Belfast and being learned and developed at our own national event.