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East Anglia Branch News

From Stewart Nimmo

On Wednesday 26th September 2018 members of the HCA East Anglia Branch met at Colchester Hospital to go on the tour of Colchester’s hospital kitchen and production areas. Hosted by Fiona Sparrow, Facilities Manager and Nancy James Catering Manager, Colchester Hospital, members were warmly welcomed to the hospital with a cup of coffee and friendly smile.

The branch meeting was opened by Kevin Cowley – Branch chairman, addressing the 14 members who had travelled from across the East Anglia to attend the meeting. Kevin was pleased to report that following our RFW workshop in May and Newmarket Nights event in August the HCA East Anglia branch has seen a rise in membership. It was noted that attendance at todays meeting had been impacted by the BDA conference being held in London the following day.

Once introductions were completed Nancy James organised coats and hats for use in visiting the catering areas and our members were allocated into groups of four ready to tour the area with minimum disruption to the on going service.

Following the insightful tour of the kitchen we gathered in the lecture theatre where Fiona Sparrow delivered her presentation on Colchester's meal ordering system and meal service system. Members also heard about the local meal planning cycles and were briefed regarding Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE) audits that take place annually. This was followed by a Q & A session which promoted much discussion on a number of topics.

The final presentation of the morning came from Victoria Ruggles McCain's Regional Account Executive. Victoria discussed McCain's involvement in supplying nutritional potato based products to hospitals across the UK and the benefits of home comforts in hospital to assist patient health and recovery.

At midday delegates enjoyed a delicious lunch supplied by Anglia Crown and a sample of oven coated chips supplied by McCain.

After lunch where everyone had opportunity to catch up with one another, it was back to business with discussions of the new IDDSI descriptors and plans for our proposed workshop which is planned to be held January 2019.

A number of topics for the next meeting, which will be held at Norfolk and Norwich Hospital on 26th November 2018, were agreed and will be placed on the agenda.

Kevin closed the meeting by giving thanks to Fiona, Nancy and their team for hosting the days events, Victoria Ruggles for McCain's presentation and all the HCA members for attending and supporting the event. HCA members are invited to join us at Norfolk and Norwich Hospital for our next Branch meeting on 26th November 2018 from 10am to 1pm. Look forward to seeing you there.

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