NACC forum programme released

The National Association of Care Catering has published the provisional programme for its Training and Development Forum, which will be held in October.

The policy director at the National Care Forum and Baroness Barker are among those who will be delivering keynote presentations at the National Association of Care Catering's (NACC) Training and Development Forum.

The NACC's forum will this year run from 5th to 7th October and will be held at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham, with a theme of 'the kitchen is at the heart of the care home'. The body, which champions and supports care caterers across the country, has released its provisional programme for the event.

Keynote presentations will be given from Baroness Barker, member of the House of Lords, who is NACC patron and who will update attendees on the ongoing work to champion the sector, and Liz Jones, policy director at the National Care Forum, who will examine the social care policy landscape.

Amanda Marques, director at Cohesion Recruitment, will explore how to deliver bespoke attraction, engagement, selection and assessment solutions for care providers, while Kath Dalmeny, chief executive of Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming, will give an overview of the partner working of all public sector caterers. 

The fifth will be from Brian Daniels, of Pluto Play Productions, who will deliver a play based on the struggles of the Findlay family in accessing health and social care. During the forum, there will also be talks on reducing food waste and dysphagia comfort food.

Elsewhere, there will be educational and interactive workshops on managing mental health, allergen management, social media for care caterers and how to navigate the latest Care Quality Commission legislation, as well as cookery demonstrations from chefs including Aaron Watson, who was the NACC's Care Chef of the Year 2021. 

There will also be meet-the-buyer appointments, networking lunches, the presentation of the NACC Awards 2022, a gala dinner, the NACC AGM and more. On Friday morning, shortly before the forum comes to a close, the Friday Morning Kitchen will be held, the NACC's version of Ready Steady Cook meets Saturday Morning Kitchen, which will this year focus on plant-based and gluten-free recipes.

For more details, see the NACC's programme, which is subject to change, here or visit the website at

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