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HCA Award Winners Announced
The winners of each award category were announced at The President’s Dinner held at the HCA National Conference on 11 April 2013 at Celtic Manor in Newport.
Photographs taken at the HCA Conference, Exhibition and Dinners are now available for viewing and purchase from a downloadable link on ARM Photography’s website. The price for each mounted 8" x 6" print is £10.00; £15.00 for a mounted 10" x 8" print or £30.00 for the picture to be burned to CD.
International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative
Dysphagia Diet Food Texture Descriptors
Download a copy of the Dysphagia Diet Food Descriptors which have been endorsed by all the relevant groups of the working party are now available and are recommended to be adopted for use by all to reduce the incidents of confusion.
Improving Outcomes through Food and Beverage Services
The British Dietetic Association's revised toolkit now re-named "Improving Outcomes through Food and Beverage Services" can be accessed on the following link www.bda.uk.com/publications/NutritionHydrationDigest.pdf
'100 Metres of Success' - Toolkit Booklet - HCA Conference 2012
We asked you to ‘Accept the Challenge’.
You did. And this is the result.
Download a copy
HCA Strategy Document 2012-2014
The Hospital Caterers Association has developed a strategic direction for the short and medium term which can only succeed with all the members support. More...
Healthcare Caterers International
Swedish Better Hospital Food
How to increase the quality of the meals at Swedish Hospitals
HCA Conference Poster Challenge
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The Speakers Presentation Slides from Conference 2013 are now available
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Department of Health – Improving Hospital Food Project
For those of you who were unable to attend the DOH Improving Hospital Food event in Nottingham, please download the following presentations which took place on the day.
Tougher approach on hospital food
Tough new standards setting out what patients should expect from NHS hospital food was announced today by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. More…
Also Read the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) Statement Re. The Launch Of The Government’s New Standards For Hospital Food. More…
At the end of last year the PS100 report into the impact of poor diet and nutrition on the public health and the public awareness of its consequences was launched. Please find below a link to a press release from the PS100 steering group with links to down load the report and executive summary.
The PS100 mission is a collective lobbying voice which aims to drive the government towards introducing various legislation, towards healthier lifestyles through the public sector and education initiatives.
The group focus on diet, nutrition inc Malnutrition, international commitments; i.e. the European 10 key characterises and sustainability . Looking for a TSAR to lead the public Sector catering to ensure one voice- one mission – ONE GOAL and as the conference challenge says, for us to take back our service.
The HCA fully support the PS100 including the latest report which you have hopefully all read and can download from the following link.
PS100 Group launch startling report on cost of obesity and malnutrition in the UK
HCA Training and Development Bursary 2013
For further information and to download an application form please visit the Welcome page in the Members Login.
Patient Led Assessment of the Care Environment (PLACE)
The revised assessment framework and supporting documents which have been issued for the pilot exercises taking place in October are now available for download.
The HCA response to the BBC News online story about catering for patients with special diets
Following the BBC Health News online article on Saturday 29th September regarding the lack of provision for special diets in hospitals which can be read on the link below our National Chairman, Janice Gillan, issued the following media staement. More…
More Still Needs To Be Done
More still needs to be done to improve nutritional care for hospital patients, says Auditor General for WalesHospital catering services in Wales have improved and many patients are satisfied with the food they receive but more needs to be done to make sure patients get the nutritional care they need. More...
The HCA response to the recent survey on the suitability of hospital meals for patients with Crohns disease
The response from the HCA on the reaction to the coverage of the survey findings from Charity forCrohns regarding criticism by Crohns patients about the suitability of hospital food.
One of the press stories which was in the Daily Star can be read by clicking on the following link www.dailystar.co.uk/posts/view/315316
Andy Jones Appointed As New HCA Chair
Andy Jones has become the new Chairman of the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) from April 2013 – 15. He was elected to the position at the Association’s Annual General Meeting this month and has taken over from Janice Gillan, the former Chair who has now completed her two year term of office. More...
World Renowned Mountaineer Joe Simpson Supports Coeliac Uk’s Campaign To Find The Half A Million People With Undiagnosed Coeliac Disease
How Is Your Gut Feeling?
Coeliac UK, the national charity for coeliac disease announces the support of Joe Simpson, mountaineer, author and subject of the BAFTA award winning film ‘Touching the Void,’ who has recently been diagnosed with coeliac disease, for their campaign to find the missing half a million people in the UK undiagnosed with the autoimmune disease and specifically targeting those diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). More...
HCA Comment Re. The Sun Article Comparing Prisoners Meals with Patient Food
The Sun website carried an article on 8 May highlighting the findings of research conducted by Bournemouth University academics which compared the quality of prisoners meals versus patient food. The study was of just six English jails and one hospital. More...
Hospital Caterers Association joins campaign for hospital food standards
The Hospital Caterers Association today announced its support for the Campaign for Better Hospital Food which is calling for the introduction of mandatory standards for all patient meals in England. Their decision to support the campaign was taken at the Hospital Caterers Association’s annual conference in Newport, where hospital caterers from across Britain gathered to discuss new ways to improve patient meals. More...
New Malnutrition Guide for UK WILL Save Lives and Tens of Millions of Pounds Each Year
A brand new guide is being launched on 9th May 2013 called Prevention and Early Intervention of Malnutrition in Later Life (best practice principles and implementation guide). More...
Better Hospital Food
Nutrition fact sheets
They can also be downloaded from the NPSA website.