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Hospital Caterers Association annual forum gets underway in Scotland

17th Apr 2024 - 07:00
Hospital Caterers Association annual forum gets underway in Scotland
In the shadow of the snow-capped Cairngorm Mountains in Scotland 170 delegates are today (April 17th) starting the 2024 Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) Leadership and Development Forum at the MacDonald Aviemore Resort. It is nicknamed the 'Forum in the Glen'.

On the conference agenda Professor David Foskett will address the issue of 'Catering versus Hospitality' and how NHS teams can help their staff better understand their value to the healthcare system.

Also with welfare in mind, Dr Hans Hartung, a consultant in respiratory medicine and staff wellbeing and the support clinical lead at NHS Ayrshire & Arran Trust, will lead a session looking at physical and emotional and mental health.

And Angela Tregear, a professor of marketing at the University of Edinburgh Business School, will be explaining what the largest contributing areas are to a catering provider's carbon footprint and ideas on how to reduce those contributions, while Tim Radcliffe, Net Zero Programme Manager, NHS England will update delegates on the work that NHS England as been doing to reduce the carbon footprint of the NHS catering service.

Delegates will also get the chance to take part in some practical sessions called The Good, the Bad, The Ugly Workshops, one focusing on how best to support each other in teams to improve service quality and efficiency in terms of staff wellbeing, while the other will encourage discussion of how best to embrace sustainability and reduce food waste.

HCA Chair Brian Robb will address delegates as he prepares to stand down after his term of office, helping them understand the changes to the organisation he has worked to bring about.

The events of the day are being coordinated by forum facilitator Rachel McTavish, a long-time TV presenter. Running alongside the conference and workshop sessions is an exhibition featuring stand from 70 of the leading suppliers of food, drink, equipment and software to the healthcare sector.

Written by
David Foad