The National Association of Care Catering (NACC) is set to return to the Hilton Hotel, Blackpool for this year's training and development forum.
Entitled Shaping the Future of Care Catering and taking place on 11 to 13 September, the annual event aims to inform, inspire and support delegates working in the UK care catering sector.
The programme will include high-profile expert speakers, workshops, practical demonstrations and networking sessions.
Among the speakers confirmed for the forum is Sue Hawkins, care catering services manager, Dorset County Council; Sue Sharp, head of commercial services and business development, Coeliac UK; Ilona Haslewood, programme manager (policy and research), Joseph Rowntree Foundation; and Steve Head, speaker, trainer, coach and author of ‘How to Avoid a Near Life Experience'.
Delegates will also be given the chance to keep abreast of Government guidelines relating to care catering, to share new ideas and approaches, and to share best practice examples with peers in similar circumstances.
Key topics to be addressed and debated include:
- An introduction to deaf awareness and good communication
- Implementing the Malnutrition Task Force Guidelines
- Gluten-free food: preparing and delivering safe choices
- What helps to improve quality of life for older people with high support needs?
The NACC Awards, which recognises excellence, innovation and the care sector's unsung heroes will take place on 12 September 2013.
Karen Oliver, NACC chair, commented: "As the population continues to live longer and the number of older people continues to grow apace, caring for our aging population remains high on the agenda.
"Nutrition and hydration is a fundamental part of care provision. It is therefore essential that everyone associated with feeding those entrusted to their care - either directly or indirectly - fully understands what is required in terms of nutrition, hydration, and of course presentation and service, and has the right tools to put this in practice.
"The NACC Training & Development Forum is committed to ensuring that all care caterers receive the most up-to-date information and guidance to give them the knowledge and confidence to deliver the very best to the most vulnerable in our society. The spirit of sharing that the forum facilitates allows delegates to explore new ideas and perspectives and learn from each other's experiences.
"As well as tackling the crucial and often serious issues associated with care catering, the event also gives delegates the opportunity to reflect on the great job that they are already doing and celebrate with their peers at the NACC Awards dinner. There really are some fantastic examples of best practice, innovation and excellence out there and I very much look forward to rewarding our unsung heroes."
For further information and to register for the NACC Training & Development Forum 2013 visit www.mcculloughmoore.co.uk/nacc.