Policy Briefings

Health and social care policy is changing quickly. Below are useful policy briefings that support the importance of food in health and social care settings.

The Hospital Food Standards Panel was set up by Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter and was led by Dianne Jeffrey from Age UK. Food for Life Strategy & Policy Director, Joanna Lewis, was a member. 

The Panel was responsible for examining existing food standards and advising on how they should be applied and monitored. The report looks at standards relating to patient nutrition and hydration, healthier eating across hospitals and sustainable food and catering services. NHS adoption of the recommended standards has been required through the NHS Standard Contract, meaning that hospitals have a legal duty to comply with the recommendations.

The Care Act 2014
The Care Act 2014 establishes the legislative ground on which social care will develop in coming years. It introduces new obligations on local authorities and enshrines a statutory principle of individual wellbeing. It also provides a mechanism – the Better Care Fund – by which the Government can mandate the sharing of NHS funding with local authorities.

The NHS Five Year Forward View
The Forward View sets out a vision of how the health service needs to evolve to meet new challenges, arguing for a more engaged relationship with patients, carers and citizens to promote wellbeing and prevent ill-health.

The Care Act 2014
The Care Act 2014 establishes the legislative ground on which social care will develop in coming years. It introduces new obligations on local authorities and enshrines a statutory principle of individual wellbeing. It also provides a mechanism – the Better Care Fund – by which the Government can mandate the sharing of NHS funding with local authorities.

CQUIN 2017-2019 briefing for hospital food
NHS England released CQUIN guidance for 2017-2019 in November 2016 with supporting documents below. This briefing provides an update for those already familiar with CQUINs, particularly in relation to hospital food.