There are a lot of myths around local procurement because of misunderstandings and confusion regarding what we actually want the outcome to be. Hopefully, these pages will go a long way to assist you in achieving that. You will see a tab which is available to you – the local suppliers, to help you to contact branches and local members within the HCA to offer your produce/goods to hospital caterers. It will also explain how you will need to be compliant in certain areas ie SALSA/STS/BRS, which are all accreditations, which are acceptable for supply into the NHS and are recognised bodies throughout the food industry. These can be gained at different stages and is not as complex area to achieve these for local suppliers and should not be an area which puts you off supplying us.
This page also builds upon the work done in conjunction with James Martin and the work he has done to improve hospital food. Please find the link to James’s website, which the Hospital Caterers Association is supporting and is being reciprocated by James Martin, which should encourage more people to get involved in local procurement.
As caterers, you will see case studies of how, why and how simple it is to procure local produce from local suppliers. Again, myths have arisen and we need to break those myths down; your pages will allow you to do this. This is your website, not only for hospital caterers and members of the HCA but you as suppliers; please use it and leave comments. Assist us in building this for the future. Let us use that vision which we all want to achieve which is good, wholesome food which is the centre of the recovery plan.
Together we can be part of this; we are part of the community and we must rise to this challenge and deliver for the benefit of all, not only now but in the future.
I would like to thank all HCA members for their contributions, especially John Hughes, Mike Pearson, William McCartney and Derek Stevens who have all contributed to make this work. However, this is just the beginning – not the end and I would like all the members to submit case studies and best practice of how they have achieved local procurement. We must also remember that local procurement is not just about buying locally, but buying seasonally as well. We must encourage this.