Trent Branch News

From Allan Gimson

A very Happy New Year to you all.

We had to cancel our original arrangement to hold our AGM at Nottingham City Hospital in November owing to a late clash with an onsite meeting for staff that they all had to attend. Fortunately, we were able to rearrange our meeting to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital on 6 December.

Officers reported on another successful year for the Branch. We had managed to sponsor two Members to attend the 2017 Forum in Belfast, and Branch funds remain strong, so we are looking to do this again for this year’s Forum at Celtic Manor.

Our Secretary, Debbie Clarke, stood down and she was thanked by all the Members for her dedicated service. Our new Secretary is Helen Westwood, who works in Sheffield Teaching Hospitals as a Catering Manager. Our other Branch officers are unchanged.

Joanne Ward, from Bidfood, demonstrated a range of 100-calorie snack foods that they are stocking for school meals, and which will also support the NHS CQUIN. There was our usual quality tasting session, with the general consensus being that they were more than acceptable for retail sales.

We concluded our meeting by drawing a raffle. This was an idea to raise money for Branch funds, and proved very successful.

Following the meeting, we adjourned to the Garrison Hotel, where we regrouped for a Christmas Meal. The venue was in the old Guardhouse of Hillsborough Barracks and the meal was very good. The prison cells are still there and form a feature in the bar. As usual, the caterers played a game of ‘Spot the Supplier’ to try to guess which foodservice supplier they used.

Trent Branch, together with our colleagues in the West Midlands and Oxford Branches, make up the committee for the HCA Tri-Branch Leadership and Development Forum 2018, and we look forward to welcoming you at the Celtic Manor from 11–13 April. Don’t miss it.

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Branch Members at AGM
Branch Officers 2018 (l–r): Nicola Strawther, Vice Chair; Lynn Johnson, Branch Treasurer; Liz Hawkshaw, Branch Chair; Allan Gimson, Council Representative and Helen Westwood, Branch Secretary.

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