It is the responsibility of all staff to ensure that best use is made of NHS resources and that expenditure would meet the standards expected under public scrutiny.

This Policy sets out the provision of catering arrangements and procedures for the Trust and should be read in conjunction with the Trust’s Scheme of Delegation and the Standing Financial Instructions Policies.

The aim of this policy is to provide a safe, cost effective provision of catering service to ASPH within the financial boundaries.



The Trust will aim to ensure a fair, consistent and economic approach to the provision of catering is maintained throughout ASPH.

NHS funds must not be used for the provision of catering that does not fall within the remit of this Policy.

This Policy applies to any provision of catering provided by the Trust in any of its premises. If individual staff are offered the provision of catering by other organisations they must first check with their line manager if it is appropriate to accept it in accordance with the Trust’s Gifts and Hospitality Policy.

Catering Services will recharge all Directorates/ Departments for all the provisions of catering.

Only the onsite Trust catering contractor is permitted to supply catering to ASPH in its grounds or buildings. This is because foods purchased from outside caterers may not be from a recognised approved NHS supplier or audited by the Trust to ensure the correct food safety practices are in place.

Policy is applicable to all Trust staff.


Policy Details

Download: PDF version
Compiled by: William Britton, Head of Facilities Support Services
Ratified by: Safety and Risk Committee
Date Ratified: June 2020
Date Issued: June 2020
Review Date: June 2023
Target Audience: All Staff
Contact name: William Britton, Head of Facilities Support Services


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