Shortlist Success for NUH Catering at National Awards

Innovations in patient food at Nottingham’s hospitals have been recognised with four nominations at a national catering awards ceremony.

The annual Cost Sector Catering Awards will see over 700 industry delegates join together to celebrate the amazing people that work in foodservice, and offer the chance for those working in catering to be acknowledged for their hard work.

In recognition of their exceptional dedication to improving food services for patients, catering teams at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) have been shortlisted for four Awards at this year’s ceremony: the (1) Public Sector Award, (2) Healthcare Award, (3) Innovation Award, and (4) Marketing Award.

Nominated for the Public Sector Award is Nicola Strawther, Chief Dietetic and Catering Technician. The Award celebrates those individuals who have a significant positive influence on the catering services in their sector.

Nicola said: “It’s fantastic to make the shortlist for the Cost Sector Catering Awards. It’s such a prestigious event, so to be shortlisted alongside such a high accolade of industry professionals from the catering industry is an honour.

“I’m overwhelmed to be shortlisted as an individual and I’m really looking forward to the Awards. I’m so pleased that we’ve been able to raise the profile of hospital food and the hugely important role that nutrition and hydration plays in a patient’s recovery.

“To be shortlisted in four categories is an amazing achievement for the team and having the NUH Memory menu recognised is brilliant. These awards acknowledge the work that goes on by the whole team, and especially the patients and public’s voice in the Memory Menu.

“This year is my 20th year in the NHS and I’m hugely missing my work whilst I’m off having chemotherapy, so on a very personal note just being shortlisted in these awards is a huge boost to my positive wellbeing at the moment. I’m proud to be a part of the team and the service we provide at NUH.”

NUH’s Memory Menu was shortlisted for the Marketing Award, and was developed by engaging with those who use the hospital’s catering services most. Devised by a team of caterers, clinicians, dieticians and patient representatives – also known as ‘the Power of 4’ – it aims to keep patients well-nourished throughout their recovery by offering tempting meal choices, and was praised in the Trust’s recent Care Quality Commission inspection report as ‘outstanding’ practice.

 It was devised by a team made up of caterers, clinicians, dieticians and patient representatives – also known as ‘the Power of 4’ – with the aim of keeping patients well-nourished through their recovery by offering tempting meal choices.

Ann-Marie Riley, Deputy Chief Nurse, said: “I am so proud of NUH’s catering teams for their nominations at the Cost Sector Catering Awards. They work proactively with clinical teams, patients and the public to ensure that our patients receive appetising, tasty and nutritious meals and these nominations are testament to that collaborative approach.”

The winners will be revealed on April 25 at the Hilton London Metropole.