Exploring the new healthcommissioning landscapeAmanda DonnellyCommissioning Manager (North of England)Food for Life Partnership
This presentation will cover…• What the FFLP programme is all about• Who is involved and how the programmeworks• The importance of evaluation• How we are working to develop theprogramme further• Our learning around the newcommissioning landscape for a complexfood programme
The Food for Life Partnership……is a complex communityinitiative with multipleoutcomes that uses foodto engage young peopleand their families, and nudgethem towards thebehaviours that matterfor public health, sustainabilityand education.
How does it work?An holistic approach to food• Great school food:– Provide fresh, well-sourced and nutritious meals– Minimum 75% unprocessed and all meat from assuredfarms– Improve overall lunchtime experience• Education– Practical cooking and growing– Farm visits– Pupil voice• Extending reach– Engaging parents– Sharing with the local community
The Food for Life Partnership• Big Lottery funded for 5 years• A further 12 months of Big Lotteryfunding demonstratingrecognition of a successfulprogramme• Transition to CCGs, Health andWell Being Boards, Public Healthinto Local Authorities –a changinglandscape• A difficult time for 3rdsectorprogrammes to establishcontinuation
The Food for Life Partnershiphttp://www.foodforlife.org.uk/Whygetinvolved/Ourim
Food for Life Catering Mark• Rigorous, independent catering industry standard• A step by step award scheme that provides aframework to source good quality food:• Freshly prepared, using seasonal, local andorganic ingredients where possible• Free from undesirable additives and GMingredients• Meat produced to British welfare and qualityrequirements• Accredited meals served in 5,146 schoolsthrough the UK• 700,418 Catering Mark school meals per day
FFLP schools…4,525 enrolled in England686schools144schools19schools
The importance of evaluating impact• 3-year programme evaluation by the University of the West ofEngland (UWE) and Cardiff University• Supporting studies by New Economics Foundation (NEF),National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) andCentre for Research in Education and the Environment (CREE)
The impactof parents report eating morevegetables as a result of the Foodfor Life Partnership programme.45%Free school meal take-upincreased by an average of13%points inFood for Life Partnership Schoolstwiceas many primary schoolsreceived an Outstanding Ofstedrating after working with theFood for Life Partnership.The number of childreneating five or more portionsof fruit and veg increased by28%in Food for Life PartnershipPrimary SchoolsFor every £1 invested in Food forLife menus, the social, economicand environmental return oninvestment for the local authorityis£3
Fruit and vegFruit and veg intakeAn increase in the number of primaryschool-age children reporting eating:• 5 pieces of fruit and veg a day wentup 5% points to 21%• 4 pieces of fruit and veg a day wentup 12% points to 49%Significant positive associations betweenpupil participation in cooking, growing,farm visits and these reported increases.
School Meals & SROI• NEF: for every £1 invested inFFLP menus, there is a returnof over £3 in value to thelocal economy and society.• Most of this value lies in localeconomic opportunitiesaround supplying local,seasonal food, and resultingemployment.
Greater than the sum of its parts“Analyses of student characteristics showstatistically significant associations betweenhealthy eating and FFLP related behaviours –such as participation in cooking and growingat school or at home; participation in farmand sustainable food learning; and attitudesto school food.”- Orme et al, 2011, p.107
Our awards2012 Health Promotion and CommunityWellbeing Award2011 BBC Food & FarmingDerek Cooper Award
What the schools say“Being part of the Food for Life Partnership isthe best initiative that we as a school haveundertaken in the last 10 years. It isn’t aboutticking boxes, it’s about hands on experiencesfor the children which will stay with them forlife.“It gives the children skills which havedisappeared over the last generation andprepares them for their future.”- Penny Wetton, HeadteacherHelpringham Primary, Lincolnshire
Transition to the new landscape• Work closely with several Public Healthteams across England• A bespoke approach in each area• Expanding to other settings such as EarlyYears• Evaluation is key to understanding theoutcomes• Develop the national FFLP programme• Continue to learn and develop the approachthrough consultation and feedback fromcommissioners
Commissioned local FFLP programmesFFLP projects have beencommissioned in 9 local areasacross England since the startof 2012Lincolnshire, Calderdale,Devon, B&NES, Warwickshire,Kirklees, Cornwall, Derbyshire,Cambridgeshire
Why FFLP is commissioned“I have commissioned FFLP because I see them asan integral part of the overarching preventionstrategy which underpins our life course approachto childhood obesity in Lincolnshire.“They deliver an excellent programme thatschools love and that is backed by a soundevidence base. They have also proven to beexcellent partnership workers here inLincolnshire.”- Lynne McNiven, Assistant Directorof Public Health, NHS Lincolnshire
Thank you!Amanda DonnellyFood for Life Partnershipadonnelly@soilassociation.org