Expert hospital food panel

The expert hospital food panel promotes good foodservice throughout the NHS and puts forward recommendations to continue improving these services as well as providing support to hospital caterers, dietitians and nurses.



The Independent review of NHS hospital food recommended an expert hospital food panel be created. The panel includes hospital caterers, dietitians, sustainability and staff health and well-being leads, and nurses which oversee hospital performance and progress against the recommendations proposed by the Independent review of NHS hospital food.

The expert hospital food panel is accountable to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and it will publish a post-implementation review in due course.

The panel works with all organisations concerned with food services in the NHS and builds relationships between NHS Teams, FM contractors and major food suppliers. This enables the recommendations put forward by the Independent review of NHS hospital food to work at an appropriate pace.

They continue to work with healthcare professionals and specialist groups, which include:

  • Patient Association
  • Public Health England
  • NHS Supply Chain
  • Hospital Catering Association
  • Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • British Specialist Nutrition Association
  • British Dietetic Association
  • Care Quality Commission
  • Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
  • Waste and Resources Action Programme
  • British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
  • Malnutrition Task Force
  • NHS Suppliers
  • Business Services Association
  • Soil Association

Expert Hospital Food Panel – Your opportunity to get involved

We are looking for a group of dynamic individuals with a real passion for food to support the delivery of excellent patient care.

There are nine places on the panel which include the roles of:

  • Chef x2
  • Catering manager x2
  • Clinician x2
  • Nurse x2
  • Dietary expert x1

The opportunity is open to staff at all levels and the project will run for three years and the panel will comprise an equal mix of catering and clinical colleagues to ensure all processes are thought through from purchase to plate.

Entry requirements

The successful candidates will be from a hospital catering or clinical background with a passion for making sure food served to patients, staff and visitors is nutritious, safe and presented in an appetising way.

You must have excellent communication skills and a good understanding of healthcare catering, nutrition and hydration as well as the determination and passion to drive forward the future of healthcare catering.

How to Apply

You will need a letter from your line manager / trust giving their support commitment and a covering letter (no more than one side of A4) outlining why you feel you should be chosen for the panel and what attributes you can bring to the project. Please share any projects or initiatives that you have led or played a significant part in, which will help us understand your desire to influence improvement.

Expressions of interest should be sent to marked clearly for the attention of Emma Brookes & Phil Shelley. These should be received no later than 5pm on Friday 26 March 2021.

More information

Panel members will be required to dedicate four days per month to the project which will include meetings, visits, papers and workshops and will need to be flexible and adapt to fast moving and changing priorities and deadlines. The project will run for three years and is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the shaping of healthcare food services for the 21 century.

While this is a voluntary commitment, to ensure you have the dedicated time and space to fully commit to the project, your trust / employer will be reimbursed for your time commitment to the project and travel expenses, where required, will also be paid by us.