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Focus Achievements

Focus on Undernutrition is an award winning service. The team has received ten national and local awards for the unique service delivery and resources.


2011:Chairman Quality Award

Awarded by County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust in recognition of the inspiration work of the Focus on Undernutrition Service.

2011: Chairman Quality Award


2011: Public Health & Prevention Award

Awarded by County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust for the Focus on Undernutrition service provided to elderly care homes in County Durham and Darlington, through the evaluation of the service on health outcomes, quality improvements and service user feedback, and the partnership working required to deliver the service.

2011: Public Health & Prevention Award


2011: Nutrition Resource Of The Year

Awarded by CN (Clinical Nutrition magazine) for the development of the ‘MUST’ alternative measurement tape. Over 200,000 tapes have been requested by healthcare professionals since it’s launch in 2010. This award was voted on by readers of the CN magazine.

2011: Nutrition Resource Of The Year


2011: Community Nutritional Prof Of The Year

Awarded by CN (Clinical Nutrition magazine) to Rachael Masters (Team lead dietitian) for her work in establishing and leading the Focus on Undernutrition service. This award was voted on by readers of the CN magazine.

2011: Community Nutritional Prof Of The Year


2010 Service Quality Award

Awarded by County Durham and Darlington Community Health Services to the Focus on Undernutrition service delivered to the community hospitals in County Durham. It was a jointly awarded with the community hospital staff, due to the strong partnership working. This work was also recognised as a national example by the High Impact Actions (Institute of Innovation and Improvement) and the Royal College of Nursing’s Nutrition Now campaign.


2010: Attendance at the Queen’s Garden Party

For recognition of the work by Rachael Masters (Team Lead Dietitian) for the Focus on Undernutrition service.

2010: Attendance at the Queen’s Garden Party


2010: Highly commended for the Dame Barbara Clayton award for Innovation and Excellence in Dietetic Practice

Awarded by the British Dietetic Association for the development of the ‘MUST’ alternative measurement tape. Over 200,000 tapes have been requested by healthcare professionals since it’s launch in 2010.


2010: Innovative Technology or Device Bright Ideas in Health Awards

Awarded by NHS Innovations North for the development of the ‘MUST’ alternative measurement tape. Over 200,000 tapes have been requested by healthcare professionals since it’s launch in 2010.


2009: Most Inspirational Improvement Award

Awarded by County Durham and Darlington Community Health Services for the development of the ‘MUST’ alternative measurement tape. Over 200,000 tapes have been requested by healthcare professionals since it’s launch in 2010.


2003 Elizabeth Washington award

Awarded by the British Dietetic Association for the initial pilot project undertaken in care homes to evaluate the most effective mode of facilitation for implementing the MAG nutritional screening tool and nutritional guidelines. It evaluated the differences between distance learning, in-house training and no facilitation. This pilot became the foundation work for the future of the Focus on Food/Focus on Undernutrition service.