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ISS Healthcare first contract caterer to be awarded Food for Life Catering Mark

ISS Healthcare first contract caterer to be awarded the Food for Life Catering Mark
ISS Facility Services Healthcare catering service at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust has achieved the Soil Association’s Food for Life Bronze Standard Award. This marks the first time a contract caterer has achieved this important accreditation in the NHS.

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 the Trust 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, 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.”

ISS Healthcare’s sister business, ISS Education holds a number of Food for Life accreditations, including two Gold standards awards for the London Boroughs of Merton and Richmond-Upon-Thames.

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.

Rob Sexton, Chief Executive of Soil Association Certification commented, ”This is a fantastic achievement. At a time of increasing awareness of the valuable role nutritious, fresh food can play in improving hospital care, ISS and Rotherham are showing just what can be done to make this a reality. 

“The new Hospital Food CQUIN [Commission for Quality & Innovation] provides the opportunity for hospitals to take steps towards serving better food. I hope to see other NHS Trusts and their caterers follow ISS’s and Rotherham’s lead: into a new future for hospital food which delivers multiple benefits for patients, staff and visitors,

Louise Barnett, interim Chief Executive of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, concluded: “We place great importance on nutrition and we’re extremely proud to be the first NHS organisation to achieve this accolade.

“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!”

For more information please contact:
Craig Smith Head of Corporate Affairs and Communications, ISS FS Healthcare, Education, Authorities and Defence
e-mail:
craig.smith@uk.issworld.com
Tel: 0845 057 6565