Today the membership of the HCA approved the adoption of Company Byelaws to replace their previous constitution of 74 years “it’s a Historic Day”.

Brian RobbThe HCA set out in 2018 to look at all risks that could affect their association, this was at the Suggestion of their President Lord Hunt. Brian Robb National Chair says, “I was part of a delegation that met with our President at the House of Lords where over supper we discussed risk. I was only an Exec member at the time, never did I think I would be the one leading that change”.

Since becoming National Chair in April 2021 Brian Robb has led the association through a myriad of change supported closely by his National Officers & Executive team with guidance form the HCA Vice Presidents. He says, “It was clear from the outset that this could only be achieved by partnership working, so we set out our plan to ensure engagement at every step with our membership”. That planning led to the adoption and the lodging of the HCA Articles of Association on 31st Oct 2021 and becoming a Company limited by Guarantee from November 1st 2021.

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In recognition of Mark Hayman – Stepping down after 13 years as HCA National Vice President

Mark Hayman

Mark Hayman joined the HCA in 1978 and became a member of the East Anglia Branch. He served at various periods as their Secretary, Treasurer and Chairman, and then became the Council Representative in 1983, where he participated on several working parties.

In 1990 Mark was appointed National Vice Chairman, which took him on a journey that led to National positions including:

• National Chairman (1992 - 1994).
• National Secretary (1994 – 1998 , to help the Association through what was deemed a ‘tough patch’.

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NHS Chef of the year 2022



The 2023 HCA Leadership & Development Forum greeted as an immense success

The Hospital Caterers Association was proud to hold their annual Leadership & Development Forum recently at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.


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The Hospital Food Review – What is happening following the publication of the report

It is now some time since the Hospital Food Review was published, with its eight recommendations to improve staff and patient health and wellbeing through hospital food. The following outlines the progress that has been made since then.

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In recognition of Mark Hayman – Stepping…

Mark Hayman joined the HCA in 1978 and became a member of the East Anglia Branch. He served at vario…

Today the membership of the HCA approved…

The HCA set out in 2018 to look at all risks that could affect their association, this was at the Su…

HCA Awards 2023

The Hospital Caterers Association revealed their prestigious annual awards at the President’s Dinner…

Merseyside and North Wales Branch




MNW Branch Meeting (7)

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Northern Ireland Branch




NI B&D Committee meeting (2)

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South West Branch




SW Branch Meeting (1)

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Nutrition & Hydration 24/7, 365

365/24/7Raising awareness on Nutrition & Hydration within a Healthcare setting is an important part of the quality of care for our patient, so as caterers, being fully involved in the planning and production of healthy, nutritious and balanced meals is vital.

The working relationships that we are building on, with Clinical teams, Dietitians, Speech & Language colleagues and Suppliers is giving opportunity to make a “real difference” to our patients every day of the year.

The Nutrition and Hydration 24/7, 365 Campaign shows that amazing work is going on throughout the NHS across the 4 Nations which enables us to build on a solid foundation.

“Good nutrition and hydration is at the heart of every HCA member and we will continue to do our best to provide it to patients, every day, week and month of the year, every year.”

Brian Robb, Chairman

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