Delivered wholesaler Brakes this week assured caterers it was ready to help them meet the new NHS food standards.
Consolidating the five existing quality standards ensures consistency and is easy to follow, says Brakes head of nutrition Eileen Steinbock, who was involved with the working groups which put the new standards together.
She said: “While it may provide some existing challenges for caterers, great tasting, appetising food is an essential element of patient recovery, as well as ensuring staff and visitor wellbeing…The standards are based on guidance that we have helped to develop, so we are in a great position to help hospital caterers meet any new challenges that arise as they adjust to the new standards.”
She added that Brakes had already worked with hospitals in Scotland and Wales to help them to meet similar standards, so understood the issues that were likely to come up.
Brakes has also recently launched a new guide for hospital caterers that tackles the complex areas of patients and visitor feeding. The Brakes NHS Food Guide is designed to support NHS caterers in acute hospitals, community hospital, day centres and speciaist hospitals and units.
It is available to download at www.brake.co.uk/hospitals