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Good food in the NHS: acting today for a sustainable tomorrow

Susannah McWilliam: 'A day for action' was the strapline for NHS Sustainability Day, celebrated last week across the UK. Getting your own house in order by doing one thing differently was the call from the founder, Trevor Payne, Director of Estates and Facilities at Barts Health NHS Trust, at an NHS Sustainability Day event in Barts. While the day itself saw an impressive 75% of all NHS trusts taking part, from planting trees, to offering seasonal menus, to reducing energy use, Trevor called for the change to be mainstreamed into everyday practice.

03 April 2014 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 0

Catering for schools in Plymouth

Brad Pearce: At the Education Catering Service in Plymouth, we provide our high quality, locally sourced, fresh and seasonal school food to the majority of primary and special schools across Plymouth, as well as individual contracts with newly converted primary and secondary academies. In 2005, when I came into post, the team immediately started work on reviewing all our school kitchens: were they fit for purpose? And - even more importantly - was the food we were sourcing and putting on our menus fit for purpose?

19 February 2013 | 8 Comments | Recommended by 5

Good hospital food doesn't sell papers, it saves lives

Amy Leech: In the last 10 years, no fewer than 20 initiatives have been put in place to improve hospital food. And yet, the bad news stories are still rolling in. Last week's was another to add to the long list of headlines. Of course, good news rarely turns heads, or newspaper pages for that matter. The Soil Association welcomes the Government's renewed efforts to improve hospital food. But it's not just policy changes that will improve hospital food's bad image or the food that ends up on patient's plates. Change begins in the kitchens and wards that care for patients - with the people in hospitals around the country who are serving thousands of meals three times a day.

23 November 2012 | 71 Comments | Recommended by 17

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