Merseyside and North Wales Branch News

From Carol Delves

In June, the Branch held its first Microsoft Teams meeting since lockdown began, and it proved very successful. Twelve members joined the meeting, a mixture of Full, Honorary, Associate and Patrons.

Carol Delves, Forum Secretary, updated everyone regarding the postponement of the HCA Forum from April 2020 to April 2021.

Despite the pandemic, life in the industry has continued and members discussed what had been happening in their sectors.

  • Amanda Cartmill, Head of Facilities at Mid Cheshire Hospitals Foundation Trust, has a Project Wingman running at Leighton Hospital, where airline cabin crew are providing a coffee lounge service to frontline staff, and more information about this can be found on page 25.
  • There has been an increased use of PPE within the catering facilities and outlets at Betsi Cadwallader University Health Board, and a field hospital was created at Bangor Hospital (although it has not been in use).
  • Craig Barnett has moved to C&C Engineering in Chester as Managing Director and the company has been busy supporting the NHS and care sector throughout COVID-19.
  • Neil Johnson has returned to work following self-isolation and furlough; although the service department at Caterware has remained fully operational supporting the NHS and care sector.
  • M&J Seafoods is running at 10 per cent of pre-COVID rates, with 110 of their vehicles being used for Defra deliveries.
  • NHS Supply Chain Food has facilitated free stock from suppliers to the NHS during the pandemic.
  • Juiceworks is currently running at 48 per cent because of loss of business within the airline industry and some NHS hospitals.
  • Finally, many staff at Bidfood were furloughed on a rota system. However, the company joined forces with Brakes to provide the Defra shielding packs.

It was agreed to hold Branch meetings over the next few months via Microsoft Teams and meetings have been arranged for July, 12 August and 16 September, all at 2pm.

David James

It is with regret that we must announce the sad news that David James, Life Member, passed away on 23 June 2020. Dave had served 30 years in NHS Catering; on his retirement he was Catering Manager at Clatterbridge Hospital on the Wirral.

Dave was actively involved with the HCA and attended regular Branch meetings. He was also involved in organising the Branch’s first National Conference in Chester in 1992.

Owing to ill health over the past few years, Dave had not been involved with the Branch but did manage to meet up for a get-together with fellow retired members once a year or so.

The Merseyside and North Wales Branch send their condolences to his family.

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