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Defra calls for two research proposals in public sector buying standards; schools and hospitals

Defra are requesting research proposals for two projects around Government Buying Standards for Food and Catering (GBS). The GBS covers sustainable sourcing, nutrition and efficiency in catering operations, including waste and energy efficiency.  The outsourced projects, to cover GBS in schools and hospitals, will pilot studies identifying challenges, barriers and opportunities that exist in introducing GBS, with on-going reporting to Defra.

GOVERNMENT BUYING STANDARDS FOR FOOD AND CATERING – HOSPITAL PROJECT (FFG 1130)

Research aims and objectives – To pilot the introduction of Government Buying Standards into hospitals in England.

Detailed requirements – A pilot study to be completed if possible within the 2011-12 financial year.  A small number (2-4) of hospitals/Hospital Trusts will be selected and agree to participate. The contractor will work with each hospital to introduce the Government Buying Standards for Food and Catering Services into their catering and hospitality provision, including all aspects of the GBS apart from those that are exceeded by existing law relating to provision of hospital food.

GOVERNMENT BUYING STANDARDS FOR FOOD AND CATERING – SCHOOLS PROJECT (FFG1131)

Research aims and objectives – To pilot the introduction of Government Buying Standards into schools in England.

Detailed requirements - A pilot study to be completed if possible within the 2011-12 financial year.  A small number (6-8) of schools will be selected  and agree to participate. The contractor will work with each school to introduce the Government Buying Standards for Food and Catering Services into their catering and hospitality provision, including all aspects of the GBS apart from those that are exceeded by existing law relating to provision of school food.

Deadline for applications is on 2nd December 2011.

Further details of both research projects can be found here

Defra are requesting research proposals for two projects around Government Buying Standards for Food and Catering (GBS). The GBS covers sustainable sourcing, nutrition and efficiency in catering operations, including waste and energy efficiency.  The outsourced projects, to cover GBS in schools and hospitals, will pilot studies identifying challenges, barriers and opportunities that exist in introducing GBS, with on-going reporting to Defra.

GOVERNMENT BUYING STANDARDS FOR FOOD AND CATERING – HOSPITAL PROJECT (FFG 1130)

Research aims and objectives – To pilot the introduction of Government Buying Standards into hospitals in England.

Detailed requirements – A pilot study to be completed if possible within the 2011-12 financial year.  A small number (2-4) of hospitals/Hospital Trusts will be selected and agree to participate. The contractor will work with each hospital to introduce the Government Buying Standards for Food and Catering Services into their catering and hospitality provision, including all aspects of the GBS apart from those that are exceeded by existing law relating to provision of hospital food.

GOVERNMENT BUYING STANDARDS FOR FOOD AND CATERING – SCHOOLS PROJECT (FFG1131)

Research aims and objectives – To pilot the introduction of Government Buying Standards into schools in England.

Detailed requirements - A pilot study to be completed if possible within the 2011-12 financial year.  A small number (6-8) of schools will be selected  and agree to participate. The contractor will work with each school to introduce the Government Buying Standards for Food and Catering Services into their catering and hospitality provision, including all aspects of the GBS apart from those that are exceeded by existing law relating to provision of school food.

Deadline for applications is on 2nd December 2011.

Further details of both research projects can be found here

 

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