British Dietetic Association (BDA) (photo: Compass Group (UK & Ireland))
British Dietetic Association (BDA)
26.06.2018, 10:53

Ibex Honour for Medirest's Helen Ream

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Medirest dietitian, Helen Ream, has been awarded the Ibex Honour from the British Dietetic Association (BDA), for her contribution to the second edition of its ‘Nutrition and Hydration’ Digest. at a ceremony held on 19th June in Birmingham to celebrate the achievements of some of the UK’s most accomplished food and nutrition professionals.


Five years after the BDA launched its successful Digest, Helen led the update and review of the comprehensive document, which replaces the original as one of the five key papers forming national hospital food standards in England.


Launched in 2017, key changes to the Digest include updated recommendations such as information about the latest Hospital Food Standards and the introduction of a new chapter about Health and Wellbeing for staff and visitors in the NHS.


Sian O’Shea, Chairman of the BDA commented: “Helen leading on the updates to the Digest was a hugely important piece of work that sets the standards for, and informs the industry. We are very grateful to her for her valuable contribution and for imparting her knowledge and expertise in this area.”


Helen Ream, Medirest Dietitian, commented: “It’s been an honour to lead such an important piece of work. To receive this award is testament to the efforts the working group put in. The fact that I was nominated by my profession’s peers makes this award very special.”


Helen has been a Dietitian for 25 years and until 2014, had roles within the NHS. She joined Medirest, Compass Group UK & Ireland’s healthcare division, in 2015 and during this time, she has worked with its Care Home teams to support and enhance nutritional care for residents in this setting.


In addition to receiving this prestigious award, Helen and fellow Medirest Dietitians, Maxine Cartz and Lisa Baker, were all named on the BDA’s Roll of Honour. The list recognises and rewards its members who have contributed significantly to a defined piece of work in the past 12 months.








“Continued confidence, but the start of a shift away from a growth at any price, and perhaps a period of consolidation.”

This was how BIFM’s Senior International Business Development Manager Neil Everitt characterised the mood of the moment from the results of this year’s Middle East Business Confidence Monitor, published today.

He continued:

“The dynamic nature of the FM market in the region will see opportunities continue to emerge with the most successful organisations delivering FM solutions by adopting new technologies and investing in developing skilled teams.”

Now in its fourth year, this research collaboration between the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM), and FM EXPO examines the GCC’s facilities management (FM) industry from the perspective of the people who work in it.

The responses offer a snapshot of the GCC facilities management market’s confidence and concerns; bringing us insight on how things stand today as well as a glimpse at the industry’s prospects for the next 12 months.

As the FM industry continues to mature and develop in the region, it is interesting to see the consistency of the responses across the years and to spot the trends that are starting to influence the work of the sector in this region.

What’s new for 2018 is a hint of uncertainty. By no means a dramatic shift, but undoubtedly a new wait and see approach influencing how some see the industry’s prospects. 

Portfolio Director for FM EXPO, Nathan Waugh, comments:

“Looking at the report findings, there is no better time that now for FM professionals to explore advances across their global market. The local FM community is showing confidence as it anticipates positive changes on the horizon - being equipped with fresh insight into wider industry trends, challenges and solutions will enable all stakeholders to fully embrace upcoming opportunities in the region.”

By acquiring the right skills and knowledge now, a mature market for FM can position itself to support the built environment as it faces pressure to perform better, use less energy and be more sustainable can be a powerful force for economic and social good. 

As we are seeing in more mature markets today, where emerging technologies become a greater part of how this is achieved, effective skilled-up FM has a real opportunity to support the business challenges of the future.

To view the full report click here

To know more are FM EXPO click here


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