Members Network Newsletter – 28th April 2019

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Food Standards Agency – 8th May 2019

The next Food Standards Agency (FSA) Board meeting is an extraordinary Board meeting on allergens and will take place from 11:00 – 12:00 hours on Wednesday 8 May 2019, in the Robert Runcie Room, Basement, Church House, Deans Yard, Westminster, London SW1P 3NZ. To register your interest in attending, please visit registration.livegroup.co.uk/fsaboardmeetings/. If you cannot attend the meeting in person, you can view the live broadcast via our website at www.food.gov.uk. The agenda with papers will be on our website in due course.

To download the papers, or to find out how to view the Board meeting after it has taken place, visit www.food.gov.uk/about-us/our-board


The Board welcomes questions on the discussions held at each Board meeting.  All questions should be relevant to the agenda and concern issues that fall within the competence of the FSA. Questions can be submitted on the Monday morning before the Board meeting  (6 May) until noon the day before (7 May). All questions received for the FSA will be read out at the start of the meeting. As appropriate, they will be answered by the Board and Executive as part of the relevant discussions, or by correspondence and published on our website within 14 working days. Please submit your questions to board.sec@food.gov.uk.

The Universal Cookery and Food Festival – 25th June

A cookery and food festival for professional chefs/cooks on behalf of the Craft Guild of Chefs which is a perfect event for  members to attend. The Universal Cookery and Food Festival is a unique, annual event which travels the country and appears at a different iconic food location each year, historically we have been to such venues as Laverstoke Park Farm, River Cottage and Padstow.

The aim of the event is to bring together chefs/cooks with growers, farmers, fishermen, foragers, producers, doctors, scientists et al to promote education around food and a better appreciation of the role we all play in it. We attempt to do this in a very informal, relaxed, outdoor and fun environment.

We also like to tackle industry topics and issues on our main stage panel debates, historically we have discussed and debated obesity, mental health, sustainable fishing, organic vs conventional and many more. This year our main stage topics include Crowd Funding, Brexit, Mum’s in the Kitchen, From the Land, Plastic Population and Local Heroes. Other attractions on the day include farm tours, foraging tours, clay pigeon shooting, a game stage and  learning about fermented foods. We then round off the day with a BBQ, live band and some beer!

The event happens on the 25th June at Farrington Oils rapeseed oil farm in Northamptonshire. We have offer for members  to book tickets at the reduced early bird rate of £99+VAT (which usually finishes at the end of March) by using the code HCA99 when they book.

Poster for recruitment members

Our National Chair is going to promote the HCA at events he attending by issuing a promotional flyer. You may wish to utilise this at local events and it can be downloaded here.

HCA attends crucial Parliamentary debate.

A debate was held recently (5th March 2019) in Westminster Hall amongst MPs considering the effect of leaving the EU without a deal on public sector catering. The MP for Washington and Sunderland West, Mrs Sharon Hodgson moved the debate and representatives from the Hospital Caterers Association were present to listen. The transcript can be downloaded here.

Members Queries

Visit to a Cook Freeze unit

Sam Girling is looking to visit an acute which provides cooked freeze for around 600 patients with restaurant facilities. Sam and her colleague are looking to see if anyone would be willing to host a visit and happy to travel. Interetsed, please contact Sam at sam.girling@suffolkch.nhs.uk – Tel: 01473-278973 – Mobile: 07984602447.

Remainder Diary Dates

Coming Soon

New qualification for Chefs in Health & Social Care

The new qualification designed, with and for the HCA members, really needs your participation. (download flyer here).

The new IDDSI framework comes into place in April and this is the only qualification that supports the framework, so we need to connect all of the potential chef learners from care organisations to suitable training providers (in a convenient location and at a reasonable cost!).

Please complete the details on this page and will be in touch very soon: www.cthawards.com/qualifications/culinary-programmes/cth-ioh-level-2-specialist-award-chefs-health-social-care

Any queries, contact Steve Beckworth at steve.beckworth@cthawards.com or Tel: +44 (0)20 7258 9850


Entrants are once again invited to participate in the Hospital Caterers Association - Wessex Branch Annual Salon Culinaire Event. This is your opportunity to showcase the wealth of skills and talent within Healthcare today. Whether you refresh old skills, not often used in your day to day work life or learn a new skill, attend and have a go! The Branch look forward to receiving your entry. You can download information on the event and any queries please contact Dave at dave.rogers1@nhs.net


Good Practice Guide to Ward Level Service

Reminder that Good Practice Guide to ward level service was updated, and an invaluable document to promote the importance of food service. Click here to download the order form.

Training & Bursary Award

You may be looking at your PDP / professional courses that you would really like to attend. We have a wonderful opportunity for Full members to undertake Personal Development Opportunities funded by the Training & Bursary Award – application forms available on members section of the website.

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