Project PEDHSC27

Food With Care: Developing a food strategy for the Cambridge Children's Hospital

A collaborative project to develop and deliver a food strategy for the new Cambridge Children’s hospital.


ARC East of England is working with in partnership with the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH) and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust to develop and deliver a food strategy for the new world-leading children’s hospital in Cambridge.  The Cambridge Children’s Hospital will provide a whole new way of caring for children and young people aged 0-19 across the East of England.  With integrated mental and physical health care, and an embedded research institute, the hospital will be equipped to better serve the 1.5 million children living in the east of England. Integrating a ‘Food with Care’ strategy is a key pillar of the plans to provide ground-breaking services for children and their families in the region. 

Project activity 

The Food with Care project was launched with a co-organised conference in January 2022.

On 21 January 2022, the 'Food, with Care' online conference brought together researchers, health professionals, designers, young people, parents and carers. They participated in a virtual day of discussion and debate about how food can support children and young people's physical and mental health in hospital and within their communities, in the east of England. Learn more about the event here.

Members of Cambridge Children's Network shared their experiences, thoughts and ideas for a short film, which was premiered at the 'Food, with Care' conference. See video below:

Remote video URL

Who is involved 

  • Cathy Walsh (Cambridge Children's Clinical Mental Health Lead) from Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Elena Neri and Claire Thompson at the University of Hertfordshire.