About The forum

The Merseyside and North Wales Branch of the Hospital Catering Association are hosting the Leadership and Development Forum 2016, to be held at the BT Conference Centre in Liverpool, on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 April.

The Forum theme for 2016 is 'With a little help from my friends', and achievement through collaborative working 'with our friends', is what the 2016 Leadership and Development Forum is all about.

These friends are patients, fellow caterers/the HCA Membership, clinicians, dietitians, suppliers, the Government and other national organisations/associations...

In other words - You!

‘Food is the best form of medicine’ is the HCA's strapline. Good nutritious food aids the healing process and recovery. It therefore follows that hospital catering matters not only to our patients, but to the nurses and doctors and hospital staff, and to our patients' carers, relatives, families and visitors, and of course Trust CEOs/Directors of Nursing.

As endorsed by the Food Standards regulations across the 4 Nations, it is crucial that hospitals and healthcare establishments provide good quality, high standard, nutritious and appealing food. Therefore we must, as an Association and our individual Members, set a clear example by providing good nutritious food for patients - 'eating for good health', with healthier menus for visitors and staff - 'healthy eating'.

Equally, as the nation’s leading healthcare catering organisation it is imperative that we set the standard for the future, while working as part of a larger team within the NHS. Importantly, this means working collaboratively with our patients, our peers, our partners, industry experts, like minded associations and the various governments.

Despite the falling budgets and the NHS task of achieving a £30 billion efficiency and efficacy saving by 2020, [which may well change, post election] 'Food is still the best form of medicine'. So the HCA's 2016 L&D Forum will address the operational and financial major issues, developments and concerns for feeding patients in the future. Naturally, 'with a little help' from 'our' friends, empowering us to plan ahead together, with a collective confidence that will make a difference.

The Programme

With a little help from my friends

Collaborative working is essential for catering within the NHS to meet the needs and requirements of its customers. So the Leadership and Development Forum Programme for 2016 focuses on achievement through collaborative working – 'With a little help from my friends'.

Say for example you need an answer to a question on a work practice, working out what 'it' means to you in your daily life can be difficult, so you set about finding out the answer. But there's masses of material and practices available 'out there', all offering different choices, challenges and outcomes. So it's easy to get overwhelmed or make the wrong decision.

But not so, 'With a little help from my friends'. Through working with our friends - an immediate pool of experts and professionals who have already 'been there, done that and worn the T shirt' - we slice through the noise, and develop the best solutions, together, for the benefit of all.

We will be promoting the values of an interdependent working relationship, portraying the benefits of collaborative working, where everything is improved/ better/ richer by working with other people, or being supported by other people, who are all needed to deliver 'the job or service' with care and compassion' - ie - 'with a little help from my friends'.

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NominaTed Charities

We have two nominated Charities, one from each of the regions in Branch

Forum Challenge

The Forum Challenge to 'all of our friends', is a Sponsored Cycle Ride, from hospital to hospital, covering Scotland, England and Wales. This is not a direct route, as our aim is to visit as many hospitals as possible during our Challenge. Proceeds from the Charity Cycle Ride and the Charity Raffle at the President's Dinner will be split between the two Charities.

For details of how you can get involved download the Cycle Ride Challenge Sponsor Pack.

And we look forward to welcoming all our Friends to Liverpool, next year.