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  • 2014 L&D Forum

    BOOK NOW and get ready for the Belfast experience

    The 2017 National Leadership and Development Forum will be taking place at the Europa Hotel Belfast on 6 and 7 April. Offering a fantastic line up of Speakers, a packed Exhibition along with great entertainment, you will be amazed at what Belfast has to offer at the iconic Europa Hotel and Titanic Belfast, where the President’s dinner will take place. More…

  • 'Feeding Mishaps - Hospital Chef' - HCA spoof training video

    Hospital Food gets some negative headlines but the perception is improving as we work to demonstrate the reality of rising food standards with many good examples of how we're improving the quality of the food in hospitals.

    This humorous video started the HCA 2016 L&D Forum Session on: 'Complaints or compliments - which are more important to the Caterer?', to demonstrate what can go wrong - and so highlighting issues of where there's been a poor (or perhaps indeed, a resultant great), patient experience. More…

  • Nutrition and Hydration Week 2017Nutrition and Hydration Week 2017


    Can I remind you to check the website, for updates, but above all send in any information including what you’re planning and when etc. (To me at so we can include in these future newsletters.

    Look out for some exciting news on NHS CHANGE day as NHWeek have a special event taking place, we urge all HCA members to take part and make a lasting change.

    Once again thank you for the hard work and support for the week, 2017's intends to be by far the best we have ever done and the imagination used shows the HCA at its best delivering EXCELLENCE and Good Practice.

    Click here to view the latest edition of the Nutrition and Hydration Week 2017 newsletter.

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    Free Allergen HACCP Toolkit

    Allergen management has just got more staff friendly with the launch of 'The Hazards of Allergens', a Comic and free to download resource information tool, produced by members of the Allergen Accreditation Scheme.

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  • 2014 L&D Forum


    ‘Seize the Moment - Deliver the Future’ is the theme for the Hospital Caterers Association 2017 Leadership & Development Forum, and it is very timely. The biggest challenge for the NHS is to deliver the changes needed to achieve the efficiency and productivity improvements required by 2020. And this means we have to transform our health and social care system to make sure we can continue to deliver world class services.

    So we are not 'standing still'. The HCA 2017 Leadership & Development Forum will set out and explore the 'case for change' through our expert Speakers who will suggest how we can achieve a single service with a 4 Nations' delivery vision, by describing the approach taken to integrated care in Northern Ireland, looking at specific changes to Northern Ireland's health system. For the full Forum Programme, please click here.

  • West of Scotland Branch Annual Training and Development Event
    Friday 24 February 2017

    Themed ‘Food Still Matters’ the West of Scotland Annual Training and Development Event will take place at the Westwood Hotel Glasgow. For further information and to book you place at this exciting event which is supported by a trade exhibition CLICK HERE.

  • London and South East Branch Study Day
    Wednesday 11 January 2017

    ‘Shaping Catering for Tomorrow’ is the theme for the London and South Each Branch Study Day. Taking place at the Institute of Child Health in London, the day will include a great line up of speakers, suppliers exhibition, lunch and refreshment. Free to both Members and prospective Members of the London and South East Branch, we look forward to welcoming you all. For further information CLICK HERE.

  • Putting the patient first. HCA and BDA join forces

    The Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) and British Dietetic Association (BDA) have launched a memorandum of understanding to foster closer working practises between the two organisations. The memorandum, signed by current HCA Chair Phil Shelley, and current BDA Chief Executive Andy Burman, sets out an agreed formal framework between the parties. More…

  • Special Discounted Subscription offer for HCA Members


Press Releases

  • HCA responds to NHS England’s proposed action to cut sales of sugary drinks on NHS premises

    HCA LogoHospital caterers are the frontline of delivering NHS wellbeing campaigns including the proposed NHS sugar tax and CQUIN. The HCA believes that excellent health and nutrition is an integral part of patient’s recovery and staff wellbeing. More…

  • Hospital Catering Association (HCA) honours industry in National Awards, and announces inaugural winner of 6C’s award

    HCA LogoOn Thursday 14th April 2016, the Hospital Caterers Association announced the winners of its national awards to over 300 industry guests at their annual Leadership and Development forum. More…

  • Chris Lay retires from Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) hot cookery competition

    HCA LogoOn March 3rd at the biennial Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) hot cookery competition, Chris Lay Facilities Manager of St Ann’s Hospital Dorset Healthcare, retired from his role as competition organiser. More…

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