Local NHS Trust appeals for ‘low carbon’ suppliers

One of the signatories of a new government catering procurement initiative has launched a prior information notice for the supply of ‘low carbon’ catering solutions.

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust has kicked off a period of market consultation ahead of the tender being published, giving potential suppliers the opportunity to influence the procurement specification and ensure that the Trust is aware of the range of options available to meet its needs.

As revealed by Catering Insight here earlier this year, the Trust was one of 30 public and private organisations to pledge a more sustainable approach to sourcing equipment and services as part of a £1bn programme spearheaded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

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The Trust is now inviting suppliers from all parts of the catering supply chain to respond to a call for ‘innovative, people-centered, low carbon catering solutions’.

It intends to hold a ‘market information and consultation day’ on January 15 where it will discuss the outcomes that it is looking to achieve for a new catering contract to be in place by April 2014.

“The purpose of the market sounding is to inform the wider supply chain of our requirements and seek feedback from all parts of the supply chain on the solutions that are, or could be, available given the right market conditions,” said John Cartwright, director estates and facilities at the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust.

The 450 bed acute Trust incorporates both community and hospital services. Since the previous contract was agreed in 1999, much has changed in terms of health care provision, patient, visitor and staff expectations and the Trust’s environmental and carbon reduction requirements.

Patient mealtimes and nutrition are now seen as an integral part of patient care, while new and emerging catering service models and innovative technologies have the potential to offer benefits in terms of patient outcomes, efficiency, quality, sustainability and carbon reduction.

The Trust says that the consultation period presents an opportunity to fundamentally re-think its catering requirements and explore alternative delivery models.

Suppliers are invited to register their interest in the tender and/or the supplier information day by emailing here.

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