The Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) has unveiled the winners of its 2020 annual awards ceremony, with Taunton & Somerset NHS facilities manager Phil Shelley receiving the coveted Wilma Wilkie Outstanding Service Award.
The awards were due to be announced at the HCA Forum, which was postponed as a result of the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
However, the HCA felt it was important to recognise the outstanding commitment and dedication shown by those working in healthcare catering and patient service by announcing the winners in lieu of the ceremony.
Craig Smith, chair of the HCA, commented: “In these unprecedented circumstances, I’m constantly amazed by the dedication and resilience of our members in continuing to step up to the task at hand and go above and beyond.
“These awards are a celebration of the excellence and innovation we see daily, and it is our hope that they provide a morale boost at this challenging time.”
Nicola Strawther, chief dietetic technician at Nottingham University Hospital NHS trust, which won the Efficiency and Improvement Award, said: “We were delighted to receive the fantastic news that we won. I want to thank the HCA for choosing our project as the winner, it was a huge team effort and we will ensure the team are recognised for the hard work involved.”
With over 300 million meals served every year and around £500m spent on food annually by around 300 NHS Trusts across approximately 1,200 hospitals, the NHS is the UK catering industry’s largest provider of meals.
FULL WINNERS LIST
Caterer of the Year 2020
Winner: Tony O’Hara, senior manager patient experience, South Eastern (Northern Ireland Branch)
Finalists: Chris Neale & Nicola Strawther, Nottingham University Hospital NHS trust (Trent Branch)
Caterer Service of the Year 2020
Winner: Catering Team – NHS Ayrshire & Arran (West of Scotland Branch)
Finalists: Catering Services at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (Trent Branch), Catering Team, Acute Catering, South Eastern Trust (Northern Ireland Branch)
Efficiency & Improvement Award
Winner: Chris Neale & Nicola Strawther, Nottingham University Hospital NHS trust (Trent Branch)
Finalists: Joe Gilbey, retail lead, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (West of Scotland Branch) Catering Strategy Team, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (West of Scotland Branch)
Special Contribution Award
Winner: Paul Kavanagh
National – Rising Star Award
Winner: Wendy Bone, deputy catering manager, NHS Ayrshire & Arran (West of Scotland Branch)
National – Leadership & Excellence Award
Winner: Karen McLaughlin, deputy community services manager, Northern Health & Social Care NHS Trust (Northern Ireland Branch)
Finalist: Chris Neale, Nottingham University Hospital NHS trust (Trent Branch)
Winner: South West Branch
Finalists: Northern Ireland, Trent, Wales, West of Scotland
Wilma Wilkie Outstanding Service Award 2020
Winner: Phil Shelley, South West Branch