Embrace the Future - 30 & 31 March 2022

Tuesday 29 March 2022

15.30 - 17.00

RETURNING FOR 2022 - Meet the buyer sessions, Main entrance ACC

Delegates arriving on Tuesday are asked to attend Meet the Buyer sessions with exhibitors to find out more about the new products and services on offer this year.  A schedule of 6 x10 minute mini-meetings will be arranged.

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.

Wednesday 30 March 2022

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 2022 Forum

Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Mary Rasmussen 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 2022.
11.30 - 12.00

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

12.00 - 12.30

The vision of the HCA, Brian Robb Chairman of HCA

12.30 - 14.00 Lunch and exhibition viewing
14.00 - 15.00

Hospital Food Review

Phil Shelley, Senior Operational & Policy Manager, NHSE&I; Alexandra Hammond, Head of Sustainable Procurement and Supply Chain, NHS E&I; Helena Diffey, Senior Policy Advisor - Public Sector Food Procurement, DEFRA

Phil will update us on the progress of the Hospital Food Review including the consultation on Food Standards and Strategy.

Helena Diffey will update us on the Government Buying Standards for Food and Catering Services and what it may mean to hospital caterers.

Alexandra Hammond will share the net zero supplier roadmap and discuss how the NHS in England is working with devolved nations to align net zero and sustainability and share good practice.

There will then be a led debate on the integration of the National Food Strategy and future procurement strategies.

15.00 - 16.00 Afternoon tea and exhibition viewing
16.00 - 16.30

Impact of food waste on the environment - Andy Twells, WRAP

The way food waste is disposed of is the single thing that caterers can do to quickly reduce their carbon footprint.  Andy will talk about this, reducing production and plate waste and how the 'Guardians of Grub' campaign can support hospital caterers.  He will also talk about techniques for ensuring that the whole ingredient is used.

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.

17.15 Day one closes
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

Thursday 31 March 2022

08.00 Registration opens
09.00-10.00 Exhibition opens

Forum day 2 opens

Chris Lay, Facilitator

10.10 - 10.40

Turning around a struggling service - Tim Radcliffe, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

The East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust was a struggling service when Tim Radcliffe took it over in 2015.  A radical and progressive five year plan, that included increasing plant-based options on the menu and sourcing more locally, was developed that has culminated in the team winning multiple awards including the 2021 Public Sector Catering Hospital Caterer award and the inaugural NHS Chef of the Year.  Tim will share his journey and what he has learnt along the way.

10.40 - 11.15

NHS Supply Chain Chefs Academy (including plant based development)

Nick Vadis, Culinary Director Compass Group UK and Vice President of the Craft Guild of Chefs

The Academy has been set up to give support to chefs throughout the NHS.  Led by Nick Vadis the academy has already started to have a major impact, including the creation of a number of specialist recipe books.  Nick will tell us about the academy and the plans for the future.

11.15 - 12.30

Healthy planet and a healthy population -  how hospital caterers can help achieve these objectives

Panel: Simon Billing - Eating Better; Kristin Bash, Faculty of Public Health and Sarah Ouanhnon - NHS Greener Team

The panel will look at the role that hospital catering needs to play as the government pushes the country towards a net zero outcome over the next two to three decades and what associated benefits it may bring.  Sarah will look at what strategies the NHS greener team are implementing to support trusts to achieve these aims.

Simon will advise on how serving plant-based food can significantly contribute towards net zero and improve social value.  Lastly Kristin will tell us tell us about the co-benefits of sustainable diets from a population health/public health perspective.

The panel will be joined by Nick Vadis and Tim Radcliffe for the Q&A

12.30 - 13.45 Lunch and exhibition viewing, presentation of stand prizes
13.45 - 14.45

Natasha's Law - Nadim Ednan-Laperouse OBE and Tanya Ednan-Laperouse OBE

Nadim and Tanya tragically lost their daughter, Natasha, following an allergic reaction to eating sesame seeds baked into the dough of a baguette.  Following her death, they set up NARF with a clear vision to help and cure people with allergies. Tanya and Nadim will talk to us about the work of NARF funding and supporting pioneering allergy research and the role that the hospital food sector needs to play.

Followed by a panel discussion with Caroline Benjamin, Food Allergy Aware and Nicola Strawther, Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust.

14.45 - 15.45

Sourcing local and supporting British Farming - Stuart Roberts, NFU

Stuart Roberts is Deputy President at the NFU.  By their own admission the NFU have not spent enough time talking directly to hospital caterers and indeed the wider public sector.  

Stuart will tell us about the work of British farmers, how they can and want to support hospital caterers and ask the question of the forum delegates - "What do you need from food producers and how can we work better together?"

15.45 - 16.30

Caring for those living with dementia - Interview with Angela Rippon CBE

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.

16.30 - 16.45 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.