18 March 2014
Gold award is a first for hospital food
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) is the first NHS
trust to achieve the Soil Association's Gold Food for Life Catering
Mark for serving fresh, healthy meals - made with local, seasonal
and organic ingredients.
This is a fantastic achievement which will provide staff,
patients and visitors at City Hospital and Queens Medical Centre
with a guarantee that the food they are eating is prepared with
The Food for Life Catering Mark recognises food providers who
prepare meals which meet high standards of traceability, freshness
and provenance. The Gold Catering Mark means that at least 15% of
total ingredient spend is on organic ingredients, and that menus
make use of ingredients produced locally and in the UK.
77% of NUH's raw ingredient spend is now on local ingredients.
Meat, fresh produce, bakery products and milk are all sourced
locally, ensuring security for local suppliers and helping the
local economy. Switching to local suppliers has been cost neutral
and allowed the Trust to invest £2m per year in local sustainable
Sourcing organic and free range produce also provides
environmental benefits and ensures the highest possible standards
of animal welfare.
Although there have been cost implications of these changes, the
team have worked hard to mitigate these increases. For example; the
cost increases of using organic milk have been offset by a new
system to reduce food waste.
This means that NUH is able to supply
patients, staff and visitors with high quality meals at an
ingredient cost price of £4.53 per patient per day - this includes
breakfast, lunch, supper snacks and seven beverages each day. NUH
operates below the national average for patient day
NUH Chief Executive Peter Homa said: "Becoming the first trust
in the country to achieve this prestigious award is an outstanding
achievement and testament to the hard work and commitment of our
catering team. We are committed to sourcing ingredients locally to
ensure we get value for money and the freshest seasonal produce for
our patients, visitors and staff. Good nutrition and hydration is
an important part of our patients' recovery and as such remains a
priority for us at NUH."
One relative emailed NUH to say: "Just thought I
would share with you my father in law's comments about the food he
had whilst an inpatient. He was very impressed with the food and
thoroughly enjoyed it, especially the leek soup. He thought your
steak and kidney pie was very tasty. He likes good honest home
cooked food so he was very impressed. Well done."
Click here for more information about the Food for
Life Catering Mark.