Virtual Series

The HEFMA Virtual Series

Our exciting new digital webinar series.
Each event will be a fast-paced 90-minute power session tackling a single topic. 

Our programme includes:

  • JUN - Hospital Food Review in association with the Hospital Caterers Association
  • JUL - Sustainability
  • JUL - Construction & Compliance
  • SEP - Digitisation
  • OCT - Workforce


Exciting new Virtual Series for 2021

HEFMA is introducing a new series of digital seminars to run throughout 2021.

Five events are planned in the series, which will focus on the key workstreams identified in the Strategy to 2025: Workforce, Digitisation, Compliance and Sustainability.

An additional seminar, to discuss the Independent Review of NHS Hospital Food, will kick-start the series on June 16, from 12.30 - 14.00.

In conjunction with the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA), this seminar will focus on the actions required as Trusts prepare to make progress on the implementation of the recommendations of the review. Although the review focuses on services in NHS England, this event will have relevance for delegates from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.  

Host, Brian Robb, Chair of the HCA, will introduce the keynote address from the Review’s Chair, Phil Shelley. Molly Shaher, National Chair of the Professional Association for Catering Education (PACE) will lead a session on training/education. A further detailed session focusing on food waste will be led by WRAP's Eleanor Morris.

This event is sponsored by Meiko UK. Managing Director, Paul Anderson will also address the virtual audience, discussing how to design waste out of the hospital kitchen.

You can read more about our first session below, and details about future seminars in the series will be available shortly.

Bookings now open, please use the form below to book your place for any of these events.

Speaker & Sponsorship Opportunities

We have a limited number of sponsorship opportunities for companies wanting to engage with our delegates, including a coveted speaking opportunity.

For details of how your company can be involved, please call Louise Fuller on 01474 520240 or email [email protected]


Our First Session - The Hospital Food Review - 16 Jun 2021

We kick off our Virtual Series with the NHS Hospital Food Review seminar.

This 90-minute session is presented with the Hospital Caterers Association and chaired by HCA Chair, Brian Robb, who will first introduce an update from the HFR Chair, Phil Shelley and will then focus in on two key areas of the Review; training & development and food waste.

This session is free of charge to HEFMA & HCA members - book your place at the bottom of this page.


Our speakers:

Phil ShelleyPhil Shelley
Chair - Hospital Food Review Reference Group

Hospital Food Review

There is a distinct buzz and excitement as we are moving into the actions phase of the Hospital Food Review 2020.
This seminar will give us the opportunity to share the membership of the Expert Group, the progress with our Exemplar Trusts and the aims of the NHS Chef of the Year Competition. The session will update and pinpoint key areas we all need to work on.

Moll Shaher

Molly Shaher
Chair – PACE (The Professional Association for Catering Education)

Training & Development as part of the Hospital Food Review

This session will tackle training needs, the benefit training and development has for you, your team and your service. Molly will look at how training brings benefits both professionally and personally - guiding career paths for your future needs.


Eleanor MorrisEleanor Morris
Special Advisor Hospitality and Food Service - WRAP

Feeding people not bins; how Guardians of Grub can protect profit and the planet

An executive overview of WRAP’s Guardians of Grub resources, which help you to track and reduce food that ends up in the bin. By focusing on preventing food from becoming waste, the tools are designed to engage teams to work together and find solutions. This campaign focuses on consistent measurement and progress for financial and carbon savings with the potential to deliver behaviour change across the public sector.

Paul Anderson
Managing Director - Meiko UK

Designing waste out of the commercial kitchen environment

An exclusive, pre launch, look at a unique industry report by Footprint Intelligence and Meiko, addressing the growing issue of food waste and what steps a commercial kitchen can take to deal with it. A link will be provided during the webinar to download a free copy of the report.

Jun 16, 2021 TWITTER
HEFMAUK 1405193928509435915 HEFMA 16:Jun:2021 16:01:54 The latest update from NHSE&I - E&F Joint Webinar with Knowlex tomorrow - June 17 on Infection Prevention and Control and the challenges faced by E&F teams; new webinar on Power Purchase Agreements
Jun 16, 2021 TWITTER
HEFMAUK 1405148698619822087 HEFMA 16:Jun:2021 13:02:10 Excellent Virtual Seminar on Hospital Food #NHSFoodReview2020, thank you to all of our speakers, Phil Shelley, Molly Shaher, Eleanor Morris, Paul Anderson @hcashells @WRAP_UK @PACEUK @MEIKOUK Missed the seminar? It will be reviewed in HEFMA Pulse and Hospital Food + Service
Jun 16, 2021 TWITTER
HEFMAUK 1405147963727519748 HEFMA 16:Jun:2021 12:59:15 Members of the Expert Panel to drive forward the recommendations of the NHS Hospital Food Review #NHSFoodReview2020 announced