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Latest News

  • “CALL TO ALL CATERERS” – Training Opportunity
    The Health and Social Care sector celebrates the launch of its first ever professional qualification in catering

    HCA LogoYou are all aware that we have developed – an  NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery for Health and Social Care Catering.  The very first professional qualification for the sector, the ground-breaking course will pilot in run from June at Barnet and Southgate College in North London. More…

  • Nutrition and Hydration Week logoThe Nutrition and Hydration Week 2016

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

  • HCA Supports the Emergency Appeal for NEPAL with Action Against Hunger

    I’m getting in touch about an emergency appeal to raise money to help those who are suffering as a result of the devastating earthquake in Nepal. One of our members, The Countess of Chester Hospital, is launching a fundraising initiative to raise money for Action Against Hunger, a humanitarian agency currently working in Nepal. More…

  • Foodmatters

    Leadership & Development Forum 2015 Chair, Stephen Jardine, adds his 'food for thought', with his take on the HCA National event in Glasgow. Forum Secretary Janice Gillan says, "We were delighted to have Stephen Chair the event as he came with a wealth of knowledge of the wider catering industry and chaired the event impeccably, interacting with the Speakers and keeping the Programme on time. Furthermore, as a Journalist, he is now more aware of the challenges faced in our industry and I am in no doubt will serve to promote the Association and its desire to progress the ‘Last 9 yards’. More…

  • Nutrition and Hydration Week logoThe Nutrition and Hydration Week 2015 Chef Event

    Click here to watch the amazing Nutrition and Hydration Week 2015 apprentices take on the Chef Event Challenge.

    Thank you to Caroline Lecko, Mark Taylor for making this happen, Judges Louise Wagstaff, Phil Rimmer and Peter Tiley.

  • ARM photography

    HCA National Leadership & Development Forum 2015

    Click here to view and purchase photographs from the HCA National Leadership & Development Forum 2015.

  • Hotelympia 2016Hotelympia logo

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

  • 10 Key Characteristics (Videos)

    A series of short videos to highlight the things we must do to ensure good nutrition and hydration in hospitals and the wider community have been produced.

    View the main video for the 10 Key Characteristics here.

    You can also access five shorter clips which just cover two parts of the 10 Key Characteristics here, these shorter videos are really useful for training purposes.

  • Food Matters Live

    Food Matters Live Monthly Newsletter

    Click here to view the February edition of the Food Matters Live monthly newsletter.

  • Special Discounted Subscription offer for HCA Members


Press Releases

  • 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…

  • Food matters - The Hospital Caterers Association reveals the REAL COSTS for food in the NHS

    HCA LogoWe're on the final countdown to 'Foodmatters', the HCA's National Leadership & Development Forum 2015, taking place in Glasgow next week. It's a two-day Forum where we are supported by a line up of expert Speakers to more than whet the appetite! More…

  • Phil Shelley, New HCA Chair, lays out the focus and direction for the Association

    HCA LogoWe are delighted to formally announce that Philip Shelley has become the new National Honorary Chair of the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) from April 2015 – 17. He was elected to the position at the Association’s Annual General Meeting at 'Foodmatters', the HCA's 1st National Leadership & Development Forum which took place in Glasgow in April. Phil has taken over from Andy Jones, the former Chair, who has now completed his two year term of office. More…

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