News & Awards

Welcome to our news and awards page. The Food First Team has received many local and national awards for our outstanding work which aims to highlight nutrition as a priority.

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Congratulation to Carrington House, Ashton Lodge, Rowles House, Mitre House Capwell Grange, Milliner House Capwell, Rosalyn House, Rosslyn Court, Shenleybury House, Orchid Lawns, Danecroft and Burlington Hall who have recently successfully obtained or maintained their Food First Award.

The team were honoured to have been asked to present at BDA Vision 2017, an event that showcases the best innovation and practice across the dietetic profession. The team presented on the value of working in partnership with care homes to provide a unique and sustainable approach to malnutrition.

The Food First Team were asked to present at Food Matters Live (November 2016) to share how the project’s training and education programme to front line staff in older people care homes has improved the quality of nutrition and hydration provision.


Health Service Journal (HSJ): Value in Healthcare Award (2016) 

The team was shortlisted for the Value and Improvement in Medicines Management category at national Health Science Journal ‘Value in Healthcare’ Awards.

Advancing Healthcare Awards: Improving Quality, Measuring and Demonstrating Impact (2016)

Finalist for this award for the work the Food First Project does in terms of demonstrating our impact and measuring outcomes.

South Essex Partnership Trust: In Tune Award (November 2016) 

Multiple members of the team were have been awarded this due to their achievements and provision of excellent customer service on a daily basis.

Health Education East of England: Outstanding Collaborative Leadership of the Year Award (2015)

The Food First Team was a finalist for this award for their collaborative work with older people care homes.

Advancing Healthcare Award: Outstanding Achievement by an AHP (2015)

An Assistant Dietetic Practitioner with the Food First Team was a finalist for this award for her work on ‘Spice for Life’ cookery class pilot. These cookery classes were designed to teach older men basic cookery skills as well as lots of laughter and fun.

PresQipp1PrescQIPP:  Nutrition Innovation Award (October 2013)

The project won the award for their innovative approach to supporting primary care with the appropriate prescribing of oral nutritional supplements.


Advancing Healthcare Awards: Rising Star (April 2013) 

A member of the Food First Team won this award for her outstanding work on the project and passion for raising the profile of Dietetics.


Advancing Healthcare Awards: Outstanding Achievement by an AHP (April 2013) Advancing Healthcare_2013

The award was given to two members of the Food First Team recognising and encouraging their contribution to improving patient outcomes by providing high quality, creative care which enhances the life of the patient.

Health Enterprise East:  Innovation Award (October 2012) 

The Food First team won an innovation award in the category therapeutic disease management. The resource that won first place was ‘Are you getting enough: Hydration Swapper’.

Health Service Journal: Patient Safety Award (July 2012) 

Patient_Safety_Award2012This award recognises trusts that deliver a high standard of education and training to improve patient safety. The Food First Project was picked from over 500 entries. The project won for its simple but effective approach to the growing problem of malnutrition within the older people population.




Advancing Healthcare Awards: Leadership Award (April 2012)

Leadership&Advancing1 Healthcare Award2012Leadership&Advancing Healthcare Award2012This award recognises and rewards projects and professionals that lead innovative healthcare practice, that make a real difference to patients’ lives. The Food First Project won for its ability to deliver the project on a variety of levels to meet NHS agendas around financial cost savings, inappropriate prescribing and patient safety.


Bedfordshire Community Health Services: Effective Team Award (March 2011)

Food First awarded the ‘Effective Team Award.’This award recognises the efforts and enthusiasm of teams that help to improve patient outcomes, experiences and provides a positive impact on patient care.




Regional Trial 
In March 2014/15 the Food First Project was awarded funding from NHS England to conduct a regional evaluation of their training and education programme. Care homes in Bedfordshire were compared with those in the East of England who had not received any input for the Food First Team. The results of the trial are currently being written up however abstracts from some of the seminars delivered to care homes are currently published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics (reference).

The initial findings of this study showed that there were 50% less usage of oral nutritional supplements in Bedfordshire compared to the East of England. The numbers of service users at medium and high risk of malnutrition are similar across Bedfordshire and East of England. This indicates that reduced usage of oral nutritional supplements across Bedfordshire has not negatively impacted on resident’s malnutrition risk and provides a cost saving to the NHS.