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Congratulations Carol Birch and SCL catering team who have scooped top awards!

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The Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) held their prestigious annual awards at the President's Dinner, part of the 2023 National Leadership and Development Forum on Thursday 20 April. The HCA recognises the hard work and commitment of hospital caterers across the UK.


Congratulations to Stuart Wray, head of catering at DMH and the SCL catering team who scooped the Catering Team of the Year Award 2023!


The catering team at DMH is led by Stuart, whom with the support of his highly effective and competent team constantly deliver year on year improvements. It's a high performing team committed to producing and serving safe, appetising, nourishing, and well-balanced meals and beverages, to our patients, staff and visitors.


In recognition of the standards of service, the catering department was named as one of the original 15 exemplar sites across England in 2021 as part of the NHS Food review. The catering service has made a significant contribution to the new food standards and have shared templates and matrices to other NHS organisations to help them undertake a gap analysis against the standards, which was well received by the service.


Carol Birch, associate director of facilities was awarded the Wilma Wilkie Outstanding Service Award 2023, sponsored by HCA. Carol's career has spanned over four decades. She joined the NHS in 1983 as an assistant cook. During her career, Carol has gained extensive experience of managing not only NHS catering services but the whole range of estates and facilities services. Carol's relevant and present-day knowledge and experience gained from working within the NHS along with her passion, integrity, personal commitment and tenacity is of great benefit to the ongoing success of the services she leads, the HCA and the wider NHS.


Huge congratulations to our SCL catering team and to Carol Birch on this fantastic achievement!

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