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  • HCA Learning & Development Forum

    HCA 2016 Leadership & Development Forum Programme Announced

    The L&D Forum Programme has been published with a fantastic line up of leading industry and healthcare Speakers supporting the Association.

    And barring a couple of people still to confirm, it is practically finalised.

    Please Click here for the full Programme and the list of esteemed Speakers, joining us at the Forum to help us address the major operational and financial issues and concerns for feeding patients in the future, as we consider developments, informed solutions and indeed opportunities for raising food standards. More…

  • Nutrition and Hydration Week logoThe Nutrition and Hydration Week 2016

    Nutrition & Hydration Week 2016 which is now very much into the planning of the week, which 2016 promises to be the biggest yet.


    We have already received a lot of feedback and news from members and associates on activities they are going to be holding to promote this vital campaign and for this we would like to say a huge ‘Thank you’ for your support once again and it’s so good to hear that you are planning for next years the events already. But WE NEED MORE so PLEASE PLEDGE AWAY TODAY or Join in the WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT.

    If you have not already sent through a pledge, then you have plenty of time to think and plan your events for NHW2016 and to ensure ALL participate. 2016 is going to be much more about leaving and impacting and long lasting legacy to embed change and to truly make a difference.

    Please also check the website and watch your inbox for updates of what is happening, but above all send us any updates including what you’re planning and when etc. (to me at or ) so we can include in these future newsletters.

    Finally thank you for the hard work and support for the week, this intends to be by far the best we have ever done and the imagination used shows the HCA at its best delivering EXCELLENCE and Good Practice.

    Click here to view the latest Nutrition and Hydration Week 2016 Newsletter.

  • Hotelympia 2016Hotelympia logo

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

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    Free Allergen HACCP Toolkit

    Allergen management has just got more staff friendly with the launch of 'The Hazards of Allergens', a Comic and free to download resource information tool, produced by members of the Allergen Accreditation Scheme.

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  • Dementia care - you can make a difference - Tommy on tour – NEW VIDEO

    Nobody failed to be touched by the stories and experiences from Tommy Whitelaw at our Leadership & Development Forum in Glasgow. More…

  • HCA calls for a 'minimum spend per patient' in response to NHS plans for a healthier NHS workforce

    The Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) is calling on the Government to implement a fixed minimum cost for hospital meals across the UK, in the same way as it has done with fixed standards for school dinners, to avoid the price disparities evidenced from Trust to Trust. Read more...

Press Releases

  • HCA announce new 6C’s award for 2016

    HCA LogoThe Hospital Caterers Association (HCA), announce the launch of a brand new award; The 6C’s, representing care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment. More…

  • Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) respond to NHS sugar tax

    HCA LogoThe Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) comes out in support of today’s plans from NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens to implement a sugar tax across hospitals to tackle the ‘national sugar high’ and obesity. More…

  • Hospital Caterers Association response to call for removal of processed meat from hospital menus

    HCA LogoThe Hospital Caterers Association (HCA), supported by the Food Services specialist group of the British Dietetic Association (BDA) has concerns about Animal Aid's call for the removal of processed red meat from hospital menus, and to replace it with healthy plant-based meals instead. Animal Aid cites its links to an increased risk of bowel cancer as the driver, but is a 'ban' really necessary for hospital patients? More…

  • Hospital Caterers Association says Government must act to ensure most vulnerable given the best possible care

    HCA LogoPrince Charles’ views on hospital food prompts the Hospital Caterers Association to reiterate calls for government support. The Association is calling the Government to account after the revelations in HRH's correspondence with a former Health Minister over the state of hospital food. More…

  • 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…

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