A Care UK nutrition and hydration expert has won a national award that recognises and celebrates excellence, innovation and education in the field of care catering.
James Clear, Care UK’s hotel services manager, was named Catering Manager of the Year at the annual National Association of Care Catering (NACC) award.
James, who lives in Ipswich, said: “I was amazed when my name was announced and very honoured. I see this award as an acknowledgement of our team’s hard work, enthusiasm and skill.
“Care UK has done a great deal to raise catering standards and increase the public’s awareness of the importance of hydration and nutritional balance for older people through its seminars, campaigns and books.”
James, who advises Care UK’s homes across the south of England, including East Anglia and Essex, was praised by judges for his leadership. They described him as an invaluable source of inspiration who constantly ensures that vulnerable and older people have an exceptional catering experience.
James, who has more than 20 years’ experience with his own catering company and as a head chef in pubs and hotels in Suffolk, added: “Care catering is the most rewarding sector of catering I have worked in. Residents are at the heart of all we do. We work with them, their families, their GPs and our own medical teams to ensure they have the food and drink they love in a way that supports their health and wellbeing.”
Care UK has also produced a guide, Eating as we age, explaining how to create nutritious meals that are easy to eat as well as being attractive. You can download it from the Care UK website or you can pick up a copy from your nearest Care UK home.