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Council's Work to Combat Malnutrition Praised

Sue Hawkins

11:16am 29th July 2014

A care worker in Dorset has been recognised for her part in combatting malnutrition.

Sue Hawkins, Care Catering Services Manager at Dorset County Council was named in 'The Care Integration 50 Awards'. It was set up to praise people who had worked to remove organisational barriers to create a new care system. Sue had worked with to develop strong links with other authorities, and create a universal screening tool to quickly spot and act on malnutrition in the community.

The awards are given by the Local Government Chronicle and Health Service Journal. The judging panel looked for how innovative their approach to health and social care had been, and whether services had been improved for people who rely on them.

Catherine Driscoll, director for adult and community services at Dorset County Council, said: "Malnutrition in older people is a much more a common problem than many realise, and with our aging population, will only continue unless we take action.

"Nutrition is important at all stages in life and it is everybody's responsibility, from neighbours, councils and the NHS, to recognise the problem and look at simple steps that can help."

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