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?

Positive News in Health and Social care

There is a general lack of positive publicity for care homes. Care homes are also pretty poor at proactively promoting themselves and being positive about their achievements. This might be part of our British self-deprecating, stoic charm but its having an impact on the workforce.

The negativity has an impact on how staff and managers feel about their jobs. Care is not viewed as a vocation in the same way as nursing. Findings reported in the Burstow report “A vision for care fit for the twenty-first century…” revealed that some experts consulted during the Commission felt there was a degree of ‘shame’ attached to the role of care workers.

There are some wonderful exponents doing amazing work to showcase the talent and good quality, innovative care being delivered everyday. Caretalk, NHS Change Day, School for Health Care Radicals, Dementia UK, Tommy on Tour to name a few.

There is room for all of us to do so much more to share good news!

If you have care good news to share do let us know via facebook, twitter or email. We would be pleased to include you in our free newsletter!

Narrow Focus on Standards Endangers the Care Certificate

Narrow Focus on Standards Endangers the Care Certificate

As the official April launch of the Care Certificate draws near, at JoCo we are feeling prepared to deliver quality training mapped to the 15 care certificate standards.

By this we mean we have designed and updated our induction courses to reflect the 15 standards and mapped the content in our workbooks. This means that any care workers completing our training will have clear evidence on having been trained but also of understanding their role and responsibilities. All included are workbooks, CPD journal materials.

We have taken care to ensure that learning is not narrowly focussed on the standards because quality care is about SO much more! A few examples of what our training covers:

These examples really could go on…

On the face of it, guidance and toolkits might appear to suggest that a line manager’s chat/professional discussion with an employees can be sufficient to determine competence.

Do not be fooled!

It simply won’t be enough to determine competence in those first 12 weeks of employment. Lord Willis who chaired the “Shape of Caring Review” said in the Nursing Times recently, “I envisage every care worker in the future having their own ‘app’ onto which goes all their competencies which will be signed off by a person with a badge and a number”.I think before we even get to there, (let’s tackle the reality of technology in social care another day – hey?) let’s just make sure there is robust framework and training providers to support managers and ‘badged professionals’ to build a confident, skilled and empowered workforce. It is the only way to safeguard our future workforce.

We are welcoming ideas, thoughts and comments on how you plan to deliver the Care Certificate and are on hand to give advice and support. Post your questions on Twitter, Facebook or email us on for support and info.

Dementia IS a Women’s Issue

When I read a piece by Philly Hare (JRF 2014) where she wrote, “…when I get old I’ll be more likely than my brother to have dementia…or to care for someone who does”, it certainly struck a chord with me.

Whether you consider yourself an active feminist or not it’s time to recognise that Dementia disproportionately affects women. More women have the condition, more women are family carers for someone with dementia and more women are delivering services as professionals in health and social care.

It is encouraging to see an increase in research investigating this issue and informing the best ways to support women affected by dementia. Whatever the research and statistics tell us I believe the solutions will boil down to women’s solidarity.

This International Women’s Day (Sunday 8th March) I hope we are all inspired to place dementia on our women’s solidarity priority list with the same amount of passion we have had for gender achievement for centuries.

Women need to meet the dementia challenge with a unity of interest, care, compassion and sympathy.

Women need to act with unanimity of attitude, purpose and action to support women as women.

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Newsletter – February 2015

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