Hospitals & care settings

Find out more about the New Hospital CQUIN

It is widely recognised that good hospital food is an integral part of good patient care; known to improve patient outcomes and public health, delivering multiple benefits for hospitals and their patients. The Catering Mark supports hospitals to take steps to improve the food they serve to patients, staff and visitors - providing an independent endorsement that food is fresh, trustworthy and nutritious.

Hospital Food Standards Panel’s recent report recognises the important role the Catering Mark is playing in verifying compliance with the Government Buying Standards and rewarding excellence in hospital food. This has also been highlighted by NHS England's 2014/15 guidance for commissioners, which now includes a new hospital food goal (the Hospital Food CQUIN Exemplar), and cites the Catering Mark as a way to raise food standards.

A further endorsement from Government's Plan for Public Procurement - which states that Catering Mark holders will score good or excellent against the Plan's recommendations - is yet another signal that things are moving in the right direction for hospital food. Read more

NHS Trusts and their caterers are proving that it is possible to serve good food, at cost, and seeing the multiple benefits this provides to patients, staff and visitors, to the local economy, and to hospital budgets. Over 30,000 meals are served to Catering Mark Standards in hospitals and care settings every day.

“Our Silver Catering Mark provides reassurance to patients that meals are of the highest quality and provenance.” Simon Wood, North Bristol NHS Trust

"Patient satisfaction jumped to 92 per cent just two months after the new menus were introduced". Andreas Wingert, Circle, Hinchingbrooke Hospital

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