NACC supports care caterers in challenging times

NACC supports care caterers in challenging times

As care caterers continue to be challenged by political and economic instability, the National Association of Care Catering (NACC) Training & Development Forum – which returns to the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham, on 9th-11th October 2019 – is more relevant and essential than ever.

With a clear objective to inform, update, support and inspire care catering professionals, the interactive event offers new perspectives, ideas and solutions on the latest innovations, challenges and guidelines to boost a business’ catering provision.

Delegates will benefit from a diverse programme featuring a mix of relevant and uplifting speakers, training workshops, live culinary demonstrations, one-to-one supplier meetings and supplier exhibition.

The expert keynote speakers set to inform and inspire include Mike Padgham, owner of Saint Cecilia’s Services Ltd and Chair of the Independent Care Group, Vic Rayner, executive director of the National Care Forum and Caroline Bovey, Chair of the British Dietetic Association. The hot topics up for discussion include meeting increasing nutritional needs and managing dietary requirements on decreasing budgets, future proofing care against a backdrop of changing communities and expectations, social care updates, and the impact the ongoing uncertainty in UK politics could have on the care sector.

Delegates have a choice of four practical, interactive workshops, where they will gain essential guidance and insight to enhance their catering provision. These will be run by Amanda Woodvine, Chief Executive, Vegetarian for Life; Rachael Masters, Senior Specialist Dietician, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust; Naomi Campbell RGN, Independent Hydration Nurse Consultant, Hydration Care Consultancy Ltd; and Jane Murphy, Professor, Bournemouth University.

Additionally, a series of culinary demonstrations will inspire delegates with new recipes and techniques tailored for the needs of those in care settings.

A highlight of the NACC Training & Development Forum, The NACC Awards 2019 winners will be announced and celebrated at a glittering gala dinner on the evening of Thursday 10th October.
The coveted awards that recognise dedication, innovation, excellence and outstanding contributions in care catering include: Care Establishment of the Year; Meals on Wheels Award; Catering Team of the Year; Catering Manager of the Year; Our Care Catering Hero; Region of the Year; Pam Rhodes Outstanding Achievement Award; and National Chairman’s Award.

Neel Radia, National Chair of the NACC, said: “The National Association of Care Catering Training & Development Forum has never been so relevant or essential. As the UK’s older population continues to grow, putting greater demand on the care sector, care caterers continue to be challenged by economic and political instability. Our forum offers vital support to care catering professionals. It gives them the opportunity to come together in the spirit of learning new skills, ideas and perspectives to take back to their workplace, and to engage with like-minded colleagues to share experiences and best practice.

“Our exciting and packed forum programme has been carefully designed to help navigate the varied challenges of catering for the elderly, vulnerable and young in care environments. From dementia and end of life care through to ongoing legislative changes, such as allergen awareness and the new International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI), delegates will benefit from knowledge, guidance, support and camaraderie that will help them prepare for and embrace these changes.”

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