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Food production and service in UK hospitals

Food production and service in UK hospitals Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to apply value stream mapping holistically to hospital food production/service systems focused on high-quality food. Design/methodology/approach – Multiple embedded case study of three (two private-sector and one public-sector) hospitals in the UK. Findings – The results indicated various issues affecting hospital food production including: the menu and nutritional considerations; food procurement; food production; foodservice; patient perceptions/expectations. Research limitations/implications – Value stream mapping is a new approach for food production systems in UK hospitals whether private or public hospitals. Practical implications – The paper identifies opportunities for enhancing hospital food production systems. Originality/value – The paper provides a theoretical basis for process enhancement of hospital food production and the provision of high-quality hospital food. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0952-6862
DOI
10.1108/IJHCQA-07-2013-0092
pmid
26308401
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to apply value stream mapping holistically to hospital food production/service systems focused on high-quality food. Design/methodology/approach – Multiple embedded case study of three (two private-sector and one public-sector) hospitals in the UK. Findings – The results indicated various issues affecting hospital food production including: the menu and nutritional considerations; food procurement; food production; foodservice; patient perceptions/expectations. Research limitations/implications – Value stream mapping is a new approach for food production systems in UK hospitals whether private or public hospitals. Practical implications – The paper identifies opportunities for enhancing hospital food production systems. Originality/value – The paper provides a theoretical basis for process enhancement of hospital food production and the provision of high-quality hospital food.

Journal

International Journal of Health Care Quality AssuranceEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 9, 2015

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