In our recent Staff Health and Wellbeing Survey, 44% of staff reported that they were overweight, and 67% of staff did not achieve their 5+ a day.
At Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust we are dedicated to providing healthier food options for our staff and, in line with the National Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) guidance for hospital food and NHS England guidance for NHS Trusts, we have made considerable efforts over the past 18 months to promote healthy eating.
March 2017 saw the beginning of the process. The first wave of improvements included the banning of price promotions on sugary drinks and foods high in fat, sugar or salt. Correspondingly, the removal of advertisements for sugary drinks and foods high in fat, sugar or salt was combined with the elimination of such products from checkout areas. To help with this, it was ensured that healthy options would be available at any point, including for those staff working night shifts.
For 2018, RD&E will be going the extra mile to ensure that, by March, 70% of drink lines stocked will be sugar free (fewer than 5 grams of sugar per 100ml). This takes into account energy drinks, fruit juices (with added sugar content of over 5g) and milk based drinks (with sugar content of over 10grams per 100ml).
60% of confectionery will not exceed 250 kcal and at least 60% of pre-packed sandwiches and other savoury pre-packed meals shall contain no more than 400kcal (1680 kJ) per serving, whilst not exceeding 5.0g saturated fat per 100g.
In addition to the CQUIN targets, the Trust has also signed up to the NHS England pledge to reduce the total volume of monthly sugar-sweetened beverage sales at all outlets. The stated aim is to reach the target of these items accounting for 10% or less of total volume of drinks sales per month.
We hope that these changes will continue to support our staff, along with our patients and visitors, in making healthier choices when purchasing items at our outlets.