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  • HCA Supports the Emergency Appeal for NEPAL with Action Against Hunger

    I’m getting in touch about an emergency appeal to raise money to help those who are suffering as a result of the devastating earthquake in Nepal. One of our members, The Countess of Chester Hospital, is launching a fundraising initiative to raise money for Action Against Hunger, a humanitarian agency currently working in Nepal. More…

  • Foodmatters

    Leadership & Development Forum 2015 Chair, Stephen Jardine, adds his 'food for thought', with his take on the HCA National event in Glasgow. Forum Secretary Janice Gillan says, "We were delighted to have Stephen Chair the event as he came with a wealth of knowledge of the wider catering industry and chaired the event impeccably, interacting with the Speakers and keeping the Programme on time. Furthermore, as a Journalist, he is now more aware of the challenges faced in our industry and I am in no doubt will serve to promote the Association and its desire to progress the ‘Last 9 yards’. More…

  • Nutrition and Hydration Week logoThe Nutrition and Hydration Week 2015 Chef Event

    Click here to watch the amazing Nutrition and Hydration Week 2015 apprentices take on the Chef Event Challenge.

    Thank you to Caroline Lecko, Mark Taylor for making this happen, Judges Louise Wagstaff, Phil Rimmer and Peter Tiley.

  • Malnutrition Task Force

    To keep up to date with the latest developments taking place to combat malnutrition by the Malnutrition Tack Force click here.

  • HCA Training and Development Bursary 2013

    For further information and to download an application form please visit the Welcome page in the Members Login.

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    HCA National Leadership & Development Forum 2015

    Click here to view and purchase photographs from the HCA National Leadership & Development Forum 2015.

  • Hotelympia 2016Hotelympia logo

    Hot Cookery Competition – Hospital Chefs' Team Event. Click here for more info.

  • 10 Key Characteristics (Videos)

    A series of short videos to highlight the things we must do to ensure good nutrition and hydration in hospitals and the wider community have been produced.

    View the main video for the 10 Key Characteristics here.

    You can also access five shorter clips which just cover two parts of the 10 Key Characteristics here, these shorter videos are really useful for training purposes.

    I would urge you all to start to use them in your training and wider awareness of your teams, as the 10 Key Characteristics is key part of the service we provide. They are also a key recommendation in the Hospital Food Plan.

  • Food Matters Live

    Food Matters Live Monthly Newsletter

    Click here to view the February edition of the Food Matters Live monthly newsletter.

  • Special Discounted Subscription offer for HCA Members

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Press Releases

  • HCA Support of MPs' Criticism of the Sale of Fast Food in NHS Hospitals

    HCA LogoMPs have called on the NHS to play its part in the fight against obesity by banning fast-food outlets from hospitals. Parliament’s Health Select Committee calls for the ban as part of a raft of measures to tackle the growing number of Britons who are becoming dangerously overweight. More…

  • Nutrition and Hydration Week logoNutrition & Hydration Week launch highlights phenomenal global support

    Nutrition & Hydration Week 2015 officially launched with an event that brought together lead figures in health and social care catering from the UK and overseas. More…

  • Nutrition & Hydration Week 2014 scoops Health & Vitality Honours Award

    Health & Vitality Awards 2015Nutrition & Hydration Week 2014 has won the Public Sector category of the Health & Vitality Honours 2015 Awards. Footprint Health & Vitality Honours is a platform for businesses to showcase best practice and help create a greater transparency on the social sustainability issue of health and nutrition throughout the foodservice supply chain. More…

  • Food matters - The Hospital Caterers Association reveals the REAL COSTS for food in the NHS

    HCA LogoWe're on the final countdown to 'Foodmatters', the HCA's National Leadership & Development Forum 2015, taking place in Glasgow next week. It's a two-day Forum where we are supported by a line up of expert Speakers to more than whet the appetite! More…

  • The Health and Social Care sector celebrates the launch of its first ever professional qualification in catering

    HCA LogoProfessional training for catering in the health and social care sector has taken a gargantuan step forward with the launch of the NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery in Health and Social Care Catering. The very first professional qualification for the sector, the ground-breaking course will pilot in May 2015 at Barnet and Southgate College in North London. More…

  • HCA response to University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust's Burger King removal

    HCA LogoSouthampton General Hospital has announced that it will not be renewing its concession for Burger King at the hospital, which runs out in 2016. Burger King does not, according to the hospital’s management, fit into a modern ‘healthcare environment’. More…

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