Embrace the Future - 26 & 27 October 2021

Monday 25 October 2021


Registration Opens

16.00 - 18.00

RETURNING FOR 2021 - Meet the buyer sessions, Main entrance ACC

Delegates arriving on Monday will be invited to join the exhibitors in one-to-one Meet the Buyer sessions between 4pm and 6pm on Wednesday afternoon. A maximum of 6 appointments with key suppliers to hospital catering will be set during these times.

19.30 Informal Dinner at Revolucion de Cuba on the Albert Dock. The dinner venue is within walking distance of ACC, delegates should be outside the ACC entrance or Jurys Inn for 19.00 hours; dress code is casual.

Tuesday 26 October 2021

08.00 Registration opens in the Galleria at the ACC Liverpool
09.00 Exhibition Opens - Exhibition Hall ACC
11.00 - 11.30 Opening of the 2021 Forum

Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Anna Rothery will formerly welcome delegates to Liverpool

Carol Delves FMT 2020 Secretary will set the scene for the coming two days of Forum sessions before handing over to Chris Lay, Forum Facilitator for 2021.

11.30 - 12.00 Keynote Address

The Rt Hon Lord Hunt of Kings Heath PC OBE, Hospital Caterers Association President

Lord Hunt will set out his vision of the future for hospital caterers, taking into account the Hospital Food Review and how this might impact on Association members.

12.00 - 12.45

Food Safety

Following the outbreak of listeria in 2019, hear first hand from Sandra Higgins from Aintree Hospital, one of the affected sites, on how the situation unfolded and how caterers reacted to the crisis to make sure measures are now in place to prevent further incidents.

Professor David Foskett and Dr Rachel Edwards will discuss the general principles of food hygiene as it is managed within the food industry, focussing on how food safety is controlled at all levels of the supply chain, by drawing on their combined experience of food manufacturing.

12.45 - 14.15 Lunch and exhibition viewing
14.15 - 14.45

The Vision of HCA

Craig Smith Chairman of HCA

One year in from taking the HCA Chair, what is Craig's vision of the Association and how can members play their part in making this a reality?

14.45 - 15.15

Governance, Future proofing the Association

Following Craig's session, he will go on to chair a discussion with HCA Vice Presidents Alison McCree and Mark Hayman on the suggested changes to the Association's constitution, how to drive membership and encourage new NHS Food Management Teams and Supervisory level to become full or guest members, future-proofing the association in the coming years.

15.15 - 16.00 Afternoon tea and exhibition viewing
16.00 - 16.30 The Future Packaging

Professor Alaster Yoxall, Sheffield Hallam University

For the last 10 years, Alaster has been looking at the issues of the mechanics of consumer packaging and working with suppliers to develop easier-to-open packaging for older and less able patients with suitable products rolled out across hospital sites. Hear from Alaster on the latest developments in packaging and what the future is likely to bring and how you as Food Managers within the NHS can drive this initiative forard
16.30 - 17.15 Motivational Session

Leading in a new landscape, Drew Povey, former headteacher featured on Channel 4s Educating Manchester

After coming to public prominence following the Channel 4 programme, Educating Manchester, where he was head teacher at Harrop Fold School, Drew has since formed a company specialising as a leadership coach and leadership development specialist.  His purpose is to develop people and inspire excellence, supporting leaders to achieve their short and long term goals and in doing so be the best leaders that they can be.

18.45 VIP Drinks Reception and Branch Officers, dress code is black tie/evening dress
19.00 Drinks reception
19.45 Presidents Dinner including the HCA Awards and Charity Cheque Presentation to Dementia UK

Wednesday 27 October 2021

08.00 Registration opens
08.30 Exhibition opens
09.15 - 10.00 AGM (members only)

HCA Full, Honorary and Life Members only may attend this session

10.00 - 10.30 Coffee Break and exhibition viewing

Forum day 2 opens

Chris Lay, Facilitator

10.40 - 11.15

Hospital Food Review

Phil Shelley, Project Lead

Announced by the Government in 2019, the Hospital Food Review is being led by Phil Shelley with support from food industry stalwart, Prue Leith.  With nutrition and food safety at the core of everything hospital caterers do, the review seeks to establish new national quality standards for the food served within the NHS and is expected to consider all aspects of delivering a quality dining experience to patients and staff, including a full review of the external supply chain and audit processes. The initial investigations are being conducted until mid-February 2020 with initial findings likely to be announced before Forum - hear from Phil first hand on the implications for you as a hospital caterer.

11.15 - 11.45

Food Poverty - the role of the NHS

Glynne Roberts, Programme Director (Well North Wales)

The Food Poverty Alliance aims to raise awareness of the issues surrounding food poverty and the impact on individuals, families, children and communities and the organisations that serve them. Hear from Glynne on the work of the alliance including improving coordination and navigation of the local welfare safety net, supporting services that provide financial crisis support and advice, developing and implementing a food poverty action plan where needed, ensuring all residents have physical access to good food and supporting and enhancing meals on wheels provision

11.45 - 12.15

Safety and efficiency of volume-based feeding in critically ill, mechanically ventilated patients

Sue Brierley Hobson, Head of Service and Professional Lead for Dietetics, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Critically ill patients commonly meet no more that 60% of prescribed nutrition as feeding is stopped when they have multiple procedures. Sue's team at BCUHB undertook a before and after study of a programme of volume-based feeding compared to rate-based feeding to evaluate the safety, efficacy and clinical outcomes for these patients; Sue's presentation will give an overview of the research and outline the findings for caterers.

12.15 - 13.00

Sustainability no Beef

Matthew Shribman, Cambridge University

Cambridge University replaced meat options with plant-based with the specific aim of decreasing its environmental impact. Hear from Matthew on the scheme, the ease of implementation and the outcomes.

13.00 - 14.15 Lunch and exhibition viewing, presentation of stand prizes
14.15 - 15.00

I'm a HCA member get me out of here!

Andy Holcroft, Bug Farm Foods

Andy will discuss the science and environmental benefits of insect protein and how insect-based food and ingredients can be used to create exciting, tasty and sustainable food.  Samples will be available - will you be brave enough to give them a try?!

15.00 - 15.30 Allergen Update

Caroline Benjamin, Food Allergy Training Consultancy

Hear the latest on allergen legislation from FATC, which also promotes best practice and can assist in the implementation of policies and procedures which result in allergy affected diners being offered a safe and positive dining experience.

15.30 - 16.15

Caring for those living with dementia

Interview with Angela Rippon MBE

Broadcaster and journalist, Angela Rippon will draw on her experiences caring for her mother Edna who was diagnosed with dementia in 2004 in this interview session, led by Chris Lay. Angela was a BBC newsreader for five years and has worked in news and current affairs for over 40 years. Angela is the co-chair of the Dementia Friendly Communities Champion Group as part of the Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia. She was awarded a CBE for her work on dementia.

16.15 - 16.30 Official forum close and branch handover
19.00 Branch dinner drinks reception - Lower Galleria

Branch Dinner - theme of the night is 'A night at the Races',  The dress code is cocktail dress and headwear (optional) for the ladies and for the gentlemen lounge suit or dress trousers and shirt and jacket (no tie required). There will be a prize for the best dressed male and female.


NB: All timings and session content subject to change.