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The Hospital Food Review – What is happening following the publication of the report

It is now some time since the Hospital Food Review was published, with its eight recommendations to improve staff and patient health and wellbeing through hospital food. The following outlines the progress that has been made since then.

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Following Government guidance and for your safety we have postponed the HCA Forum 2020 due to be held on April 2nd & 3rd. The forum will now be held on the 30th & 31st March 2022. More information will follow when available.

2022 HCA Forum Management Team

Current advice from the government can be viewed - Corona Virus Update

If you have an questions or concerns then please contact the event organisers on 0845 108 5504 or email HCAForum@dewberryredpoint.co.uk

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Northern Ireland Branch have lost two esteemed member

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The long-awaited team building day on the Forth was enjoyed by Branch members on 10 September 2021.

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Throughout the year the Oxford Branch has had regular virtual meetings, which have been well attende…

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"I was offered very little suitable food over the next few days and discharged myself shortly after."

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County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust have devised a short DVD regarding the ‘Perfect Meal’ encouraging patients to eat well to help the pathway to recovery.


Nutrition & Hydration 24/7, 365

365/24/7Raising awareness on Nutrition & Hydration within a Healthcare setting is an important part of the quality of care for our patient, so as caterers, being fully involved in the planning and production of healthy, nutritious and balanced meals is vital.

The working relationships that we are building on, with Clinical teams, Dietitians, Speech & Language colleagues and Suppliers is giving opportunity to make a “real difference” to our patients every day of the year.

The Nutrition and Hydration 24/7, 365 Campaign shows that amazing work is going on throughout the NHS across the 4 Nations which enables us to build on a solid foundation.

“Good nutrition and hydration is at the heart of every HCA member and we will continue to do our best to provide it to patients, every day, week and month of the year, every year.”

Brian Robb, Chairman


Patients are our priority.

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Nutritious, wholesome food.

Hospital food is an essential part of patient care. Good food can encourage patients to eat well, giving them the nutrients they need to recover from surgery or illness.

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The HCA hosted a webinar on 16 June, in association with Hefma, featuring an update about the Hospital Food Review from Phil Shelly, training opportunities via PACE, the latest campaign to tackle waste from wrap, and how to reduce waste in your kitchen via Meiko Green Waste Solutions. HCA members can access the full webinar by clicking the button below (you will need to be logged in to view the video).

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During these challenging times for hospital caterers right now and with the current demand on our services, combined with the effects of the pandemic, this may present increased risks to food safety, particularly as the outbreak progresses.

STS Food Safety have put together some useful tips to help you make sure that we can continue to protect our vulnerable customers from Listeriosis during this time. To download a copy just click on the button below.


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