The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with its catering contractor ISS Healthcare has achieved the Soil Association’s Food for Life Bronze Standard Award for catering services at Rotherham Hospital.
This marks the first time a catering contractor within the NHS has achieved this important accreditation.
The Soil Association’s Food for Life Catering Mark is an independent endorsement that the caterer is taking steps to improve their food, using fresh ingredients which are free from harmful additives, and better for animal welfare.
To achieve the Bronze Standard, ISS Healthcare demonstrated the use of seasonal menus, with 75% of dishes freshly prepared. Meals incorporate non-GM ingredients to include meat from farms which satisfy UK welfare standards. In addition to stringent food standards, comprehensive training is provided for all catering staff.
Speaking of the award, Simon Cox, Managing Director of ISS Healthcare, which oversees the Trust’s catering services, said: “This has taken a lot of hard work by so many people, but I am proud that we were the first contract caterer to demonstrate the commitment needed to achieve this award. At Rotherham we will now be looking to progress to the Silver standard, whilst it is our aim to have more awards in our other NHS kitchens.”
Martin Beaumont, Contract Catering Manager for ISS at Rotherham Hospital said, “As you can imagine I am proud as punch. Our entire team, including our customers at Rotherham Hospital, have been superb.”
John Cartwright, Director of Estates & Facilities at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, added: “To be the first NHS organisation to achieve the Bronze standard is such a great achievement and we’re really proud of reaching this.
“Our Catering and Estates and Facilities teams continually work hard to ensure we provide the best possible standards for our patients, visitors and staff. Well done to all involved!”