Patients receiving care at two of Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s mental health hospitals in Derby are also receiving the best hospital food in the country, according to national statistics published today (29 August 2014).
Wards based at the Trust’s Radbourne Unit and Kingsway Site both received top scores of 100% for the quality of food they serve to both their patients and staff. Derbyshire Healthcare also received high scores for food choice: 89.67% at the Kingsway Site and 89.52% at the Radbourne Unit.
The results follow an assessment earlier this year by a panel of patient representatives from mental health support group Derbyshire Voice, who judged the quality and choice of all meals served by the Trust. A patient representative who was part of the scoring panel said: “The food in this hospital deserves three Michelin stars, it is better than some pubs and restaurants!”
This is the first time that there has been a national comparison of all NHS service providers’ ranked by food quality and choice publicly available. This follows a forthcoming new clause in all hospital Trust contracts to provide high quality food announced by Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt today. These new guidelines mean that all hospitals in the UK are now legally required to ensure all patients have protected mealtimes and all hospital canteens must comply with recommendations on salt, fat and sugar.
This week, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s hospitals have also been ranked amongst the cleanest in the country. NHS England published a patient led assessment of the care environment (PLACE) report of all hospitals in the country as part of an annual assessment which looks at several measures, such as the condition, appearance and maintenance of hospital buildings. Overall the Trust was rated 98.75% by patient representatives, significantly exceeding the national average of 97.25%.
Liz Bates, Deputy Head of Estates & Facilities for Derbyshire Healthcare, said: “I am extremely proud of the Trust’s catering team and the scores they have received in national ratings. The catering department at Kingsway provides patients with a variety of healthy menus, including different menus for different age groups. All the food is sourced in a sustainable way and freshly cooked on site. The quality of the meals we serve to both our patients and staff is of the highest importance to us.
“Despite our outstanding results, we are not sitting back on our laurels and have been proactively working alongside patients by offering food tasting sessions as part of our commitment to continually improve food standards. Tasting sessions are something that the government is now recommending through its new hospital food standard guidelines, released on Friday.”