This month Ruth looks ahead to the BDA Food Services Specialist Group Study Day.
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Ready for the BDA Food Services Specialist Group Study Day
On 12 November, I’ll be heading to London, alongside many fellow Registered Dietitians, to attend the British Dietetic Association Food Services Specialist Group Study Day. The Food Services Specialist Group (FSSG) raises awareness of the vital role played by food and beverage services for patients in all public sectors, particularly health and social care, and highlights the importance of meeting their nutritional needs.
This study day is part of the FSSG’s regular programme of cross-professional learning events that promote sharing good practice and learning new ways of working. This one is particularly relevant for nutritionists and dietitians working in industry, and NHS Dietitians, as it gives them a greater understanding of what’s involved in nutritional analysis and food labelling. We will hear about various analysis methods and discuss how the information provided can be used, including helping dietitians to ensure their Trust complies with the new Hospital Food Standards.
Other areas we’ll be exploring include how the public and people with dietary related health conditions use food labels, and the challenges health professionals face when managing patients’ with complex dietary needs. The end result is that we’re better equipped to help catering and nursing colleagues understand food, and its importance to patients. I firmly believe we must continue to work together to set standards and ensure we all contribute fully to providing high-quality food services consistently across all healthcare settings.
At Anglia Crown, we spend a lot of time ensuring our nutritional software programs and analysis methods are up to date, and maintain our large ingredient portfolio database to ensure the nutritional and allergen information we provide meets current EU legislation. This study day is a great chance to discuss what we’re doing, offer colleagues valuable insight into the challenges and legal requirements we all must meet, and demonstrate the importance of continuing to share good practice.