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From Robert McLaughlin

Branch membersOur annual Training & Development Day at Seamill Hydro Hotel on 8 February was our most successful, with more than 100 delegates attending. This year, we opened to our care home colleagues who thoroughly enjoyed the programme and theme for the day – ‘Sea the Future’.

The view from Seamill Hydro (pictured) shows the Island of Arran, which, unfortunately, not many saw due to Storm Erik joining us (two years ago it was Storm Doris who decided to drop snow onto our chosen venue).

The Study Day was chaired by our own National Chair, Stewart McKenzie, with sessions on:

  • NHS Scotland – Catering for the Future, by Derek Cullen, NHS Scotland National Program Director Catering
  • International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative, by Helen Blackwell, Catering Strategy Dietitian
  • Motivational Speaker, by John Owens, a double stroke survivor
  • Allergen Awareness, by Jacqui McPeake, from Jacs Allergen Management
  • A Patient’s Journey, by Christine Somerville, Senior Charge Nurse, and
  • Michael’s Story: Lessons from a preventable electrical incident, by Louise Taggart, Workplace Safety Speaker.

The day also included an exhibition, with more than 31 suppliers promoting their goods and services, followed by the annual Burns Supper, which was very well attended. The Burns Supper was conducted by Master of Ceremonies Roger Kellow, with the following speakers:

  • Grace by Gary Nicholl
  • Haggis Ceremony with Piper – Bryce McCulloch, with an Address from Billy Cunningham
  • Toast to the Lassies by David Grundy
  • Reply to the Toast to the Lassies by Tracy Moynihan, and
  • Vote of Thanks by Robert McLaughlin.

Margaret Valenti, a new Committee Member, said, “As a new and ‘wet behind the ears’ member of the committee, I really enjoyed helping out with the Study Day. I have attended this annual event for many years but had no idea about all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. The success of this event every year is down to the dedication and commitment of our Branch committee. It was a great experience for me and a pleasure to be involved.”

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