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Meet the Team

The passion of the Focus on Undernutrition team for tackling undernutrition is endless, constantly thinking of new innovations to improve the service. It is this passion which results in people seeking Focus on Undernutritionís advice locally and nationally.

The Focus Team



Rachael Masters, Team Lead Dietitian

Rachael Masters

Rachael is the team lead dietitian for Focus on Undernutrition and established the service in 2000. With a dietetic career spanning 16 years Rachael has specialised in nutritional screening and the nutritional needs of the elderly, receiving many awards for her work including the Elizabeth Washington Award by the British Dietetic Association, the Inspirational Improvement Award for Service Quality for Focus on Undernutrition, and most recently in August 2011 winning the Nutrition Resource of the year award for the development of the 'MUST' alternative measure. This is a tape measure which determines a client's height whilst sitting and also changes in body weight in clients who cannot be weighed. Rachael was also awarded Community Health Professional of the year August 2011. Rachael has also represented dietitians nationally in the development of national training and guidelines.

Catherine McShane, Specialist Dietitian

Catherine McShane<

Catherine is a specialist dietitian for Focus on Undernutrition and joined the team in 2008. With a dietetic career spanning 14 years Catherine has specialised in care of the elderly. Catherine works along side the community health care staff in the County, providing training and support to identify and treat undernutrition in the community. Catherine also delivers training to care home cooks and managers regarding menu planning and special diets via catering courses that are run through our local colleges. Catherine is involved in the development of new resources and guidelines and has been involved in developing media items on behalf of the FoU team. Catherine continues to hold a small clinical caseload.

Laura Gardner, Specialist Dietitian

Laura Gardner

Laura is a specialist dietitian for Focus on Undernutrition and joined the team in March 2011. Laura works along side community health care staff in the county, providing training and support identify and treat undernutrition in the community. Laura also delivers training to care home cooks and managers regarding menu planning and special diets via catering courses that are run through our local colleges. Laura is involved in the development of resources and guidelines and has been involved in developing media items on behalf of the FoU team. Previous to joining the team Laura worked in both the acute hospital and community setting for 5 years covering a range of clinical specialties and still continues to hold a small clinical caseload.

Sharron McAlorum, Assistant Practitioner

Sharron McAlorum

Sharron is an assistant practitioner for Focus on Undernutrition and joined the team in 2004. Sharron works along side the care homes in the Darlington and Durham Dales areas, providing training to identify and treat undernutrition in the care home. Sharron also offers continued support for all care home staff. Sharron is an enthusiastic and motivated member of the team promoting the prevention of undernutrition using a food first approach. Sharron carries a small clinical caseload working with patients in care home. Previous to joining the team Sharron worked for many years as a care assistant delivering care to older people living in care homes and the community.

Jo-Anne Campbell Allan, Dietetic Support Worker

Jo-Anne Campbell Allan

Jo-Anne is a dietetic support worker for Focus on Undernutrition and joined the team in January 2009. Jo-Anne works along side the care homes in the Sedgefield and East Durham areas providing training to identify and treat undernutrition in the care home. Jo-Anne offers continued support for all care home staff. Jo-Anne is an enthusiastic and motivated member of the team promoting the prevention of undernutrition using a food first approach. Before joining the team Jo-Anne worked as a tutor delivering N.V.Q. Catering courses and community learning programmes for a local further education college. Jo-Anne has spent over twenty years working in catering for the care home sector.

Jayne Cook, Dietetic Support Worker

Jayne Cook

Jayne joined the team in January 2009. Jayne works alongside the care homes in Derwentside, Chester-le-Street and North Durham areas providing training to identify and treat undernutrition within the care homes. Jayne offers continued support for all care home staff. Jayne is an enthusiastic and motivated member of the team promoting the prevention of undernutrition using a food first approach. Previous to joining the team Jayne worked as a mental health tutor delivering Level 1 & 2 N.V.Q. in Hospitality and Catering also supporting service users within the community setting. Jayne has gained experience over the last twenty years working as a chef in various catering sectors, including care homes.

Lynne Watkinson, Dietetic Support Worker

Lynne Watkinson

Lynne joined the team in March 2011, having worked within the Nutrition & Dietetic service for over 4 years. Her role within the FoU team is to manage the day to day organisation of the office and to support the team in their individual roles. Lynne has over 30 years experience in an office environment having worked her way up from office junior to personal assistant to managing director within the private sector before moving to work within the NHS to join the Nutrition and Dietetic service. Lynne is enthusiastic and motivated to assist the team in their goal to promote the prevention of undernutrition using a food first approach.