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Latest News

  • Putting the patient first. HCA and BDA join forces

    The Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) and British Dietetic Association (BDA) have launched a memorandum of understanding to foster closer working practises between the two organisations. The memorandum, signed by current HCA Chair Phil Shelley, and current BDA Chief Executive Andy Burman, sets out an agreed formal framework between the parties. More…

  • Tender for the Contract for the Provision of and Delivery of Three Leadership & Development Forums to the Hospital Caterers Association

    HCA LogoHCA seeks an expression of interest from suitably experienced companies – who wish to be considered for formal Invitation to Tender (ITT) for the Leadership & Development Forum Management and Admin Support. More…

  • 'Feeding Mishaps - Hospital Chef' - HCA spoof training video

    Hospital Food gets some negative headlines but the perception is improving as we work to demonstrate the reality of rising food standards with many good examples of how we're improving the quality of the food in hospitals.

    This humorous video started the HCA 2016 L&D Forum Session on: 'Complaints or compliments - which are more important to the Caterer?', to demonstrate what can go wrong - and so highlighting issues of where there's been a poor (or perhaps indeed, a resultant great), patient experience. More…

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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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  • HCA 2016 L&D Forum Challenge smashes all records for fundraising

    Cycle Challenge

    £10,000 + and still counting...! HCA National 2016 L&D Forum Secretary, Amanda Cartmill says, "We are thrilled to bits. Who would have thought that our idea of a Sponsored Cycle Ride would generate so much interest and support?" More…

  • Love British Food

    Long lost recipes take centre stage for this year’s British Food Fortnight

    The annual search is on for the most imaginative and innovative celebration of British food during British Food Fortnight, which takes place from 17th September to 2nd October 2016. The competition has a special theme this year: rediscovering long-forgotten traditional recipes that were once unique to particular areas of Britain. More…

  • Nutrition and Hydration Week 2017Nutrition and Hydration Week 2017


    Can I remind you to check the website, for updates, but above all send in any information including what you’re planning and when etc. (To me at so we can include in these future newsletters.

    Look out for some exciting news on NHS CHANGE day as NHWeek have a special event taking place, we urge all HCA members to take part and make a lasting change.

    Once again thank you for the hard work and support for the week, 2017's 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 edition of the Nutrition and Hydration Week 2017 newsletter.

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Press Releases

  • Hospital Catering Association (HCA) honours industry in National Awards, and announces inaugural winner of 6C’s award

    HCA LogoOn Thursday 14th April 2016, the Hospital Caterers Association announced the winners of its national awards to over 300 industry guests at their annual Leadership and Development forum. More…

  • Chris Lay retires from Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) hot cookery competition

    HCA LogoOn March 3rd at the biennial Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) hot cookery competition, Chris Lay Facilities Manager of St Ann’s Hospital Dorset Healthcare, retired from his role as competition organiser. More…

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