Lister catering services gain Soil Association Food for Life Bronze certification

The Trust’s catering team at the Lister hospital in Stevenage has been judged as have reached the required standards to gain a bronze Food for Life Catering Mark scheme from the Soil Association.  As such, the Lister is now one of just 55 hospitals across the country to be certified in this way.

A plaque marking the achievement was presented to the catering team at an event held on Wednesday, 22 February 2017 at the Lister.

Lister Soil Association Food for Life Bronze certification

Above: Furthest left is Katrina Kollegaeva, the Soil Association’s Food for Life Catering Mark development manager for London and the South East. Furthest right is Graham Walker, the Trust’s head of catering.

The Trust’s chief executive, Nick Carver, said:

“As one of their regular customers, I have seen the improvements that the catering team has put in place to improve both the quality and range of meals and drinks available to our staff, patients and visitors.  Being awarded a bronze Food for Life Catering Mark is a testament to the team’s hard work and sets them up to go for Silver and then Gold in future.”

Katrina Kollegaeva, the Soil Association’s Food for Life Catering Mark development manager for London and the South East, commented:

“I was really delighted that Graham Walker and his catering team at the Lister have achieved a bronze Food for Life Catering Mark.

“It has been amazing to witness the hard work and dedication of the team using the Catering Mark framework to drive the aspirations for food quality – for example the team’s Leek-ometer is a fun, but effective tool for achieving higher standards, such as use of organic produce and ethical purchasing.

“We all know that good nutrition is a key factor to aid patient healing and recovery and there is an ever growing need for caterers to have details of its food provenance and traceability for their customers, whoever they may be.

“The quality of food served to visitors, staff and patients can reflect both positively and negatively on a NHS trust, so meeting the requirements of the Soil Association’s Food For Life Bronze Award is an essential tool for the caterer in achieving this objective.”

Finally head of catering, Graham Walker, said:

“The catering team at the Lister has worked really hard to gain the Bronze award, which is a great achievement of which we are all really proud.  Our next challenge is to go for the Silver award and then on to Gold.  It will be challenging, but we are determined to get there!”