The Oxford Branch is currently thriving, with online meetings attracting large audiences, helping with the level of discussion we can have. We were delighted to welcome Neely Mozawala, the founder of #nohungrystaff to our joint meeting with the London & South East Branch, who outlined her campaign to ensure that NHS staff can get nutritious and affordable food at any time of the day.
The debate was lively and we were grateful to Tim Radcliffe, Facilities Manager at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, who gave a caterers’ viewpoint, describing how his new food court at the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital could provide one solution. The investment in the ‘unmanned retail’ units clearly offset the additional labour costs that would be required for a full-blown ‘manned’ service.
To complement the discussion, we also had short presentations from ‘Yum Chop’, an African-inspired meal selection, and Selecta, who have installed a ‘Smart Fridge’ at the Lister Hospital, Stevenage.
Supporting the London & South East Branch
From Mabel Blades
At the Forum in Liverpool, I spoke with Janice Gillan, National Secretary, who expressed concerns that the London and South East Branch was not meeting. I had previously attended a meeting with Craig Smith to assist them and was sorry to learn things were not going forward.
So, as always, I jumped in feet first and said ‘don’t worry I will help organise meetings’, with which information was sent out to members of the London and South East Branch inviting them to the next meeting of the Oxford Branch on 27 April. The meeting, which was about 24-hour catering for staff, was well attended, including many from the London and South East Branch plus National Officers. During the meeting we also discussed membership applications for not only our own Branch but for the London and South East Branch as well, of which the latter would not have been ratified if we had not provided this meeting support.
Both the Oxford and Wessex Branches will continue to offer the London and Southeast Branch their support as we search for volunteers to get the Branch back up and running. Therefore, if there is anyone who would like to take on the London and South East Branch Treasurer’s role please get in touch with Anne Kiragu at Great Ormond Street Hospital (email@example.com) or the HCA’s Finance Director, Caroline Darvill. They would also like to find a new Secretary because the present postholder, Colin Clarke, has sadly had to resign.