Natasha’s Law and Food Safety – Are you up to date?

Natasha’s Law and Food Safety – Are you up to date?

Hi, I’m Wayne Saunders, your registered Food Safety Trainer, Nottingham born and bred!

My catering knowledge, experience and training has been achieved over 35 years working within companies such as ASDA, Morrisons, Boots PLC and ISS Food Hygiene. For several years I have set up and run my own fast-food takeaway, which naturally led me into passing on my knowledge and experience through teaching and training others, including within the Health & Social care sector. I have a passion to teach and a passion to train. My moto is: ‘I learned it the hard way – don’t take it to the grave’. Every day is a new day and on each and every course delivery I am proud to achieve a friendly & professional service. My sessions are about breaking it down for others, making it clear, understandable, interesting, and fun! If you can’t read it, I will teach it – if you don’t understand it, I will describe it!

I’m registered with Highfields Governing Body as a trainer to deliver accredited Food Safety courses in Catering, Manufacturing and Retail. My objective is always to give everybody present the full and fair opportunity to achieve, and most importantly PASS!!

What can I do for you? – Natasha’s Law

It is recommended that food safety training and certificates should be updated every 3 years. Are you up to date?

Don’t get caught out. When it comes to Food Safety, the law is changing all the time. Natasha’s Law, implemented in October 2021, is the most recent example of that and will have a major impact on the way your food needs to be labelled. I can provide you with up-to-date information about changes in the law, so you know exactly what you need to do. I can help with the completion of Safer Food Better Business packs, and most importantly assist with working towards achieving your Level 2 Food Safety Certificate in Catering.

I also provide site visits recommending best practice, paperwork documentation, improvements & consultations. Training, due diligence and knowledge increases scores on the doors, overall Food Safety and legal compliance.

Ignorance is no defence in the eyes of the law, due diligence and training is. Register your interest for online dates or face-to-face bookings HERE.

What to buy for Christmas?

What to buy for Christmas?

When we are providing training in residential and nursing homes around this time of year, we see people starting to think about arrangements for Christmas. One of the questions we are often asked is “what do you buy for someone living in care?” – there is a limit to the number of toiletries or chocolates that anyone can make use of!

We know that the power of music is one of the most important and lasting impacts on someone. Particularly for people with dementia it may be difficult to read a book, to follow the plot of a film or remember what’s happening in a TV series. But the gift of music can be truly life enhancing, especially when it is personalized to the individual and contains those specific pieces of music that are most significant. We know that music can calm and soothe, can aid relaxation and sleep, can invigorate and motivate, and can help re-connect people with memories of the past.

Our “Soundtrack to My Life” book helps people to identify the pieces of music that can be used to improve the quality of life through music. It can be a great activity for families to take part in together, remembering the most important songs and the events and times they represent.

Once the selection is complete the songs can be compiled onto a CD, MP3 player of tablet that the person can have with them and use at their leisure. A perfect and lasting gift.

Our “Soundtrack to My Life” books are available from the JoCo shop or by following this hyperlink.


Music Is Most Certainly Medicine

Music Is Most Certainly Medicine

If we need proof of the power of music, it comes in a study of 7,000 patients whose data was analysed by researchers at Brunel University and Queen Mary University in London. They found that listening to music before, during and after surgical procedures proved beneficial to patients, reducing anxiety and pain, increasing satisfaction rates and lowering the need for pain medication.

The findings of the research (published in The Lancet in August 2015) took data from 72 trails and compared the impact of music with “standard” care or other non-drug interventions (e.g. relaxation and massage) amongst adult patients undergoing any surgical procedure.

It may come as no surprise to many of you that patients who selected their own music reported even better outcomes with greater reduction in pain and use of medication.

Lead author Dr. Catherine Meads from Brunel University stated “More than 51 million operations are performed every year in the USA and around 4.6 million in England. Music is a non-invasive, safe, cheap intervention that should be available to everyone undergoing surgery. Patients should be allowed to choose the type of music they would like to hear to maximize the benefit to their wellbeing.”

Imagine the benefits if all patients had access to our “Music is Medicine” book to help them select the music they wanted with them not only during surgery but throughout the whole of their recovery period?