The National Association of Care Catering (NACC) is this year celebrating its 25th anniversary with an extra-special gathering of care caterers at the annual National Training & Development Forum.
All the past national chairs of the NACC will be present at the event, to be held on 19-21 September at the Hilton hotel, Blackpool, where they will reminisce and honour the NACC's achievements over the past quarter-century.
The NACC (originally named the Advisory Body for Social Services Catering) was launched at a seminar in March 1987, following an initial meeting of 12 authorities in December 1985 to discuss the role of the caterer in social services.
It has since has evolved into a nationally recognised authority and influencer of government policy, with hundreds of members.
In addition to anniversary celebrations, the forum will once again be an essential training and development event for caterers in the care sector through a mix of speakers, workshops, and networking opportunities.
New elements for 2012 include the care catering culinary demonstration theatre, which will feature a demonstration by the 2012 NACC Care Cook of the Year, Ellie Cook; a networking brunch with a motivational speaker presenting a masterclass in "the massive goal principle"; a focused supplier exhibition and parallel training workshops.
Among the confirmed are Dianne Jeffrey, chairman, Age UK; Gary Elton-Shewan, founder, the Learning Labyrinth; Rachael Masters, team lead dietitian, focus on undernutrition, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust; and David Hyner FPSA, Stretch Development.
The forum will also once again host the NACC Awards 2012 dinner, the annual celebration of excellence within the care catering industry.
NACC chair Karen Oliver said: "Over the past quarter of a century the association and its members have worked tirelessly to continually improve standards in care catering and protect the vulnerable people entrusted to our care.
"Together we have overcome huge obstacles, succeeded in highlighting fundamental issues, promoted excellence, and become the leader, authority and benchmark for best practice across the sector. From humble beginnings back in 1987, our incredible evolution and ground-breaking achievements are certainly a cause for celebration and festivity.
"Of course, the challenges and issues facing the care catering sector continue to exist, and the forum will, as always, provide delegates with the battle-armour they need to continue to succeed and improve."
Topics for debate will include:
â- Ideas for how to achieve positive outcomes in dementia care
â- How catering and care staff can be instrumental in tackling undernutrition within the workplace
â- NANA - an interactive toolkit that enables the collection of dietary information and then compares it against physical activity, mood and cognitive function
â- A masterclass on the MASSIVE goal principle - helping delegates to think and behave like a top achiever
â- Developing people with passion - how to put together a well balanced team
â- Dignity and nutrition in care
By Janie Manzoori-Stamford
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