The DMAT Story
2010 – Clinical experience of nutritional care in dementia
My interest in nutrition and dementia started when I was working and gaining experience as a dietitian for the NHS. The hardest part of my job was finding ways to help people living with dementia to eat enough food to maintain their nutritional status.
2014 – Presentations and feedback
The work in my locality on the DMAT attracted wider attention and I presented the DMAT at Nutrition and Hydration Week (NHW), the international nutrition campaign organised by NHS England. You can still watch a recording of the DMAT webinar on the NHW website here. Just follow the link from ‘Can a simple tool be used to identify and treat behavioural feeding difficulties in people with dementia?’
Following the NHW event I was invited to present the DMAT at the Caroline Walker Trusts (CWT) 25th Anniversary lecture. You can obtain a copy of the presentation from the CWT website here. Discussions with the CWT board after the presentation led to me being invited to become a trustee of the CWT, a position I am honoured to continue to hold.