The Government has hired the Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith to carry out a ‘root and branch’ review of hospital food.
The review will include looking at how food can help aid faster recovery, taking into account the unique needs of vulnerable groups, new systems to monitor food safety and quality more transparently, including looking at how NHS boards are held to account and also look at how to increase the number of hospitals with their own kitchens and who have their own chefs.
Chair of the Hospital Food Review, Phil Shelley, will meet with catering managers at trusts across the country, looking at best practice from those leading the way in food quality and innovation.
Leith has previously spoken out on the need for hospitals to provide healthy options that aid recovery and for meals to be tailored to the individual needs of the patient.
The review follows the deaths of 6 people linked to an outbreak of listeria in contaminated food earlier this year. It aims to improve public confidence in hospital food by setting out clear ambitions for delivering high-quality food to patients and the public.