Hospitals & care settings
Find out more about the New Hospital CQUIN
It is widely recognised that the service of good hospital food is an integral part of good patient care; a better diet is known to improve patient outcomes and public health, delivering multiple benefits for hospitals and their patients.
The Catering Mark is an independently audited framework for hospitals to take steps to improve the food they serve to patients, staff and visitors. The Bronze, Silver and Gold awards provide an independent endorsement that food is fresh, trustworthy and traceable, and free from harmful additives and trans fats.
Over 19,000 meals are served to Catering Mark Standards in hospitals and care settings every day.
The importance of providing good, nutritious hospital food for patients has been highlighted by NHS England's 2014/15 key guidance for commissioners and care providers. The guidance now includes a new hospital food goal (the Hospital Food CQUIN Exemplar), and cites the Catering Mark as a way to raise food standards.
“Our Silver Catering Mark provides reassurance to patients that meals are of the highest quality and provenance.” Simon Wood, North Bristol NHS Trust