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  • Hospital Caterers Association –
    Our 6 Cs

    HCA LogoThe HCA are leading the way by having our own commitments aligned to the 6Cs, which is an initiative led by Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for NHS England.

    To view our commitment and cascaded them down to all your teams click here.

  • lunch! 2014lunch! 2014

    lunch! is the UK’s multi-award-winning trade show for the food-to-go sector. Returning to the Business Design Centre, London on 23-24 September, lunch! 2014 will feature over 280 exhibitors showcasing thousands of innovative food, drink, packaging and equipment products.

    Having won 3 prestigious ‘Best Trade Show’ awards in the last 4 years, lunch! is a firm industry favourite. Just one visit will give you the ideas, inspiration and products to expand your offering and delight your customers every day.

    lunch! is free to attend for all hospitality trade professionals. For more information and to register for your free trade ticket visit

  • All Wales Framework Task Group

    The Chair of the All Wales Framework Task Group, Judith John, explains where they are up to and that they are currently entering Phase 3 of the work plan. More…

  • Download the latest updates to the DH Premises Assurance Model (PAM) document

    This includes updated metrics and new expanded Self-Assessment Questions. Click here

  • Catering guidance that offers practical advice on how to make catering affordable, healthier and more sustainable

    1414May I introduce the 14:14 campaign on behalf of Barts Health NHS Trust and The Hospital Caterers Association. The campaign aims to encourage NHS Trusts across England to provide 14 square metres of land by 2014 in which fresh produce can be grown and developed. More…

  • Catering guidance that offers practical advice on how to make catering affordable, healthier and more sustainable

    Public Health England LogoPublic Health England, have issued the following guidance for caterers, which as your chair, I would highly recommend it is not only read, but also utilised. More…


    The Bill will have its second reading on 8th November 2013. More…

  • HCA Training and Development Bursary 2013

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

  • Preventing Waste in the Healthcare sector

    WRAP logoWRAP and HCA are pleased to announce that we have completed Webcasts that you should use with your teams as a training tool and to generate ideas/debate on how you can reduce WASTE. Click here to view the screencasts

  • Celebrity Chef Rosemary Shrager will headline the National Association of Care Catering Training & Development Forum 2014

    NACCThe National Association of Care Catering (NACC) Training & Development Forum 2014 – the only dedicated learning event for care caterers in the UK – will educate, motivate and inspire delegates from the care catering sector from 1-3 October 2014. More...

  • Chairman’s Blog

    HCA National Chair, Andy Jones, gets the word out on the latest developments, initiatives and thinking in hospital catering, service and delivery. More...

  • How red meat fits in your Menu and improves diet quality

    Click here for the latest details of how red meat fits in your Menu and improves diet quality.

  • Nutrition and Hydration Week logoNutrition and Hyration Week 2015
    16-22 March 2015

    Click here to view the latest Newsletter and Activity Planner for 2015 Nutrition and Hydration Week 2015.

  • Food Matters Conference

    18-20 November 2014 at ExCeL, London

    Food Matters Live is a new annual event exploring one of the most important challenges of our time: the relationship between food, health and nutrition. More…

  • DysphagiaHCA launch new Guide to Crohn’s Disease including Menu Ideas in partnership with ForCrohns

    Download a copy of the guide

  • HCA Support WRAP

    Wrap logoThe HCA are pleased to announce that they have recently signed up to support WRAP and the key principles to WRAP's HaFSA. The full details of what WRAP is about can be found by clicking on the following link, More…

  • Special Discounted Subscription offer for HCA Members


  • PLACE update

    Following on from the request for feedback on your recent PLACE experiences, we collated them all and submitted them to the Department of Health whom at this point still have responsibility for PLACE. – NOTE – NHS England will take the responsibility of PLACE from this point. More…

Press Releases

  • HCA Media Statement re: DEFRA Plan for Public Procurement: Food and Catering Services

    Central Government will commit to buying locally-sourced food through a new food and drink buying standard, which will aim to cut waste, according to newly-appointed Environment Secretary Liz Truss. More…

  • Food Counts

    New Allergen Toolkit for Healthcare Catering Launched

    The Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) and The Association of UK Dietitians (BDA), through its Food Counts! specialist group, have worked together to produce and launch a new toolkit that addresses food allergies/intolerances within healthcare catering settings. More…

  • HCA Letter to The Editor of The Caterer and Hotelkeeper, in response to 'No to Malnutrition Britain' – Neel Radia, Chair National Association Care Caterers' feature

    The Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) totally supports the view expressed by Neel Radia, Chair of the National Association of Care Caterers. More…

  • HCA response to NHS Confederation's warning that patients 'could be forced to pay bed and board' without investment and reforms

    NHS patients could be forced to pay for their bed and board in hospital within five years unless there is a cash injection into health services after the next election, according to NHS Confederation’s chief executive, Rob Webster. More…

  • forCrohns

    forCrohns charity & Hospital Caterers’ Association launch dietary guidance and menu ideas to improve hospital food for Crohn’s patients to mark World IBD Day

    London 19th May 2014: To coincide with World Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Day on 19th May, the charity “forCrohns”, in conjunction with the Hospital Caterer’s Association (HCA), is proud to announce a new initiative that will lead to a revolution in the provision of better quality and more suitable food for Crohn’s Disease patients whilst in hospital. More…

  • CESA honours HCA Chair with order of merit

    Andy Jones, National Chairman of the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) has been awarded a Foodservice Order of Merit Award from the Catering Equipment Suppliers Association (CESA). More…

  • HCA response to new evaluation of significant nutritional differences between organic and non-organic food

    In the largest study of its kind, an international team of experts led by Newcastle University, UK has proved that organic crops and crop-based foods are up to 60 per cent higher in a number of key antioxidants than conventionally-grown crops. More…

  • Bad hospital food is not just a problem for patients – it affects NHS staff too

    The Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) supports the views posted on the Guardian's Healthcare Professional Network by Dr Na'eem Ahmed, clinical fellow to Prof Sir Bruce Keogh at NHS England, on how, as the purveyor of health and wellbeing, the NHS does not do well at promoting a healthy diet and lifestyle among its staff. More…

  • The Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) lends support to the Scottish Good Food Challenge

    Andy Jones, National Chairman of the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) endorses the Scottish Good Food Challenge competition which allows hospital catering teams across Scotland to show showcase their skills and passion. More…

  • London Hospital Chefs take Silver & Best In Class at Salon Culinaire 2014

    Salon Culinaire logoTwo chefs from The London Clinic have taken Silver Best in Class, the top Award in the Hospital Chefs Team Class of the UK’s largest internationally respected cookery competition, the 2014 Le Salon Culinaire International de Londres on Thursday 1 May. More…

  • GRAM logo
    Foodservice Industry is Greener According to Respondents of The Gram Green Paper

    After a two-year wait, The Stage, quite literally was set at Hotelympia on Tuesday 29th May for the launch of the fourth Green Paper, commissioned by energy efficient refrigeration supplier, Gram. More…

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