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Latest News

  • Meals on Wheels and community meals services face bleak future as local government cuts bite

    Britain’s elderly face the risk of malnutrition and social isolation, whilst adding to the cost of an already struggling NHS, as government cuts hit community meals services, campaigners have warned. More…

  • 'Let's Drive Patient Catering Together' - Joint Day with BDA Food Counts Group and Nutritional Nurses Group (NNG)

    Please download the flyer which gives you details of our first joint Conference with the BDA Food Counts Group and the Nutritional Nurses Group.

    The Power of 3 - ‘Let’s Drive Patient Catering Together’

    Our first one-day Conference will take place on Tuesday 17th March 2015. This date has been chosen as it is the Tuesday of the Nutrition and Hydration Week 2015.We have already secured some interesting speakers for the day.

    So you do not miss out can I please ask you all if you would register early as spaces will be limited. I look forward to seeing you all there and supporting the HCA, but above all, supporting our colleagues in the BDA and NNG.

    Together, the Power of 3 will deliver to those we care for most – the patients.

    Thank you for your continued support.

National Chair, 
Hospital Caterers Association

  • Healthcare Solutions, Dysphagia and Dementia

    Healthcare SolutionsPremier Foods Launch Dementia Solutions Programme and updated Healthcare Brochure.

    As part of the launch of the guide, Premier Foods worked with both the end users and caterers to why the recipes contained in the guide make a great impact to their lives. More…

  • Hospital Food Standards Panel Report and PLACE results

    HCA LogoTo download your copy of the Hospital Food Standards Panel's Report published on 29 August, click here.

    For the PLACE results and Information ranking the quality of hospital food click here.

    Further information can be found here.

  • Food for life logo
    Soil Association – Food for Life Catering Mark briefing pack

    Following the introduction last year of the first CQUIN to incentivise improvements in hospital food, and the recognition of the Food for Life Catering Mark as a route to improving food in hospitals, these FAQs have been compiled and written by the Food for Life Catering Mark team in response to questions from caterers, hospitals and commissioners, and reflects their best understanding of the hospital food CQUIN at this time. More…

  • 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.


  • 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

  • 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…

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

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

    Alternatively scan the QR code below to go straight to the Nutrition and Hydraion Week website at
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  • Special Discounted Subscription offer for HCA Members


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

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

  • Hospital Caterers Association –
    Our 6Cs

    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.

  • HCA Training and Development Bursary 2013

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

Press Releases

  • Newry Reporter

    Trust says its hospital food is ‘good quality’

    Following the recent publication of a damning report on the general quality of hospital food in England, the Southern Trust has said that it prides itself on ‘providing safe, good quality meals’. More…

  • HCA Response to the Government’s Hospital Food Standards Plan and Patient Led Hospital Inspection Audits (PLACE)

    HCA LogoToday, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP published Hospital Food Standards for England and announced that it would now be “legally-binding” for hospitals to apply these standards to food served to patients, and sold to staff and visitors on site. More…

  • Taking Action on Waste
    The Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) joins forces with WRAP to Prevent Waste in the Healthcare sector

    Wrap logoThe HCA is signed up to the Hospitality and Foodservice Agreement (HaFSA), joining over 200 signatories and supporters across the supply chain implementing plans to reduce food waste and recycle more. More…

  • 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…

  • HCA response to NHSScotland’s Standards for Food, Fluid and Nutritional Care

    HCA LogoNHSScotland has published revised 'Standards for Food, Fluid and Nutritional Care', today, 31 October, 2014. More…

  • Love British Food joins forces with the Hospital Caterers Association to bring home the harvest

    Autumn 2014 marks the return of the Bring Home the Harvest campaign for British Food Fortnight, which runs from 20 September to 5 October, and this year, the Hospital Caterers Association is encouraging its Members to get involved. More…

  • It's all about caring and making a difference, together
    The Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) embraces NHS England's ‘The 6Cs are for everyone’ values

    HCA LogoLast month more than 350 health care professionals, clinical and non-clinical, attended the 'The 6Cs are for everyone’ conference in London. 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…

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