Rachael Masters, centre with FoU Team
Congratulations to Rachael Masters, Team Lead Dietitian for the
Focus on Undernutrition Service, who has been named as a finalist
in the NHS Leadership Recognition Awards 2012.
Rachael has been selected as one of three finalists for the
Inspirational Leadership Award out of over 200 entries.
The NHS Award for Inspiration recognises a person who has a
reputation as a highly inspiring role model. Someone who has had a
huge influence making new things happen which have significantly
benefitted patients and front line staff. And someone who has shown
courageous leadership and commitment to creating an environment
where ideas can thrive.
Rachael was nominated by her colleague Catherine McShane who
said: "Rachael has worked tirelessly for the past 13 years to
ensure that every adult in County Durham and Darlington is screened
and treated for undernutrition.
"Rachael's work has become an inspiration for others to follow.
Her straightforward and highly effective methods provide the tools
to empower private and public sector organisations across the UK to
rise to the challenge and tackle undernutrition in their care
"Not one to sit back, Rachael continues to push the boundaries,
challenging herself and colleagues alike to seek new ways to ensure
that undernutrition is rapidly identified and treated in every care
On finding out she had been shortlisted as a finalist, Rachael
said: "I feel very honoured to be shortlisted for the NHS
Inspirational Leadership Award for the work I have achieved with
the Focus on Undernutrition (FoU) service. If someone had told me
12 years ago that the pilot project I commenced as a blank piece of
paper would have evolved to the service we deliver today as a team
I would never have believed them.
"I had a vision for FoU but the service is now exceeding those
expectations and to meet challenges and changes in the NHS we will
be working hard as a team to keep with the times. I love my job and
it has been extremely rewarding, although not without constant
challenges and barriers. But I am very passionate about tackling
undernutrition in the community and that "passion" has overcome
many of the barriers we have faced over the years.
"However, I would not be here today if it was not for the
constant support of key people who have encouraged me and been our
champions for evolving FoU but most importantly the dedication and
support of all the staff in the FoU team."
Focus on Undernutrition (FoU) was founded by Rachael in 2000,
growing into a nationally recognised, thought leading service which
fulfils NICE and CQC standards and champions the use of food first
to address undernutrition.
Sue Jacques, Chief Executive of the Trust said: "Rachael is
truly inspirational in implementing national nutritional policies
at a local and regional level demonstrating an unparalleled
commitment to improving patient care through strong clinical
leadership and multidisciplinary working."
The results will be announced at a ceremony being held in London
on 10th December.
For more information on the Focus on Undernutrition service
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the awards visit: http://www.nhsleadershipawards.nhs.uk
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Patient, Cardiology Department, Bishop Auckland Hospital