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The National Association of Care Catering (NACC) unites, supports and represents everyone working in and associated with catering in the UK care sector. It is recognised as a respected source of information and opinion for the dynamic and growing area of care catering.

For more than 30 years, the NACC has been committed to raising standards of care catering and championing the positive impact nutrition, hydration and mealtimes have on the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of the elderly and vulnerable in care settings.

Its diverse membership, which spans chefs and catering managers to care home owners and suppliers to the sector, has a significant influence on the provision of catering in the care sector in residential settings and in the community.

Catering for the vulnerable and elderly is challenging and demands specialist skills and knowledge. As people age their dietary and dining needs change and become more complex. Food intolerances, reduced appetites, dysphagia and dementia, for example, must be recognised and safely catered to remove the risk of malnutrition- and dehydration-related illnesses and provide a positive mealtime experience.

The NACC believes that everyone has a right to receive good food and drink that reflects their individual nutritional, cultural, physical and emotional needs. Through its inclusive programme of regional and national events, training, campaigning, research and guidance documents it provides valuable support, information and advice to care caterers to help them achieve this. It also offers a valuable platform for like-minded professionals to connect and share ideas and best practice.

The NACC provides a strong voice for the sector and works hard to raise the profile of care catering as a rewarding and dynamic career choice and attract new talent and ensure excellence for future generations.

The main aims and objectives of the NACC are:

To promote and enrich the standard of catering, nutrition and hydration within the care sector.

To provide a forum for debate among individuals, companies and organisations of all kinds involved in catering for the care sector.

To facilitate the exchange of information, experience and expertise.

To promote the development of professional standards among those involved in catering for the care sector.

To commission research into matters relating to catering for the care sector.

To publish guidelines, policy papers and authoritative statements on all aspects of catering for the care sector.