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Latest News

  • Dysphagia a Caterer's Guide

    DysphagiaA good practical guide regarding dysphagia has been updated with new recipes and ideas by a food supplier. Download a copy.

  • Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) and the BBC 1 “Operation Hospital Food” series 3

    The broadcast of the third series of ‘Operation Hospital Food’ starring celebrity chef, James Martin James has now taken place and the feedback has even surprised me with the support we have had as an association. More…

  • Catering guidance that offers practical advice on how to make catering affordable, healthier and more sustainable

    1414May I introduce the 14:14 campaign on behalf of Barts Health NHS Trust and The Hospital Caterers Association. The campaign aims to encourage NHS Trusts across England to provide 14 square metres of land by 2014 in which fresh produce can be grown and developed. More…

  • Catering guidance that offers practical advice on how to make catering affordable, healthier and more sustainable

    Public Health England LogoPublic Health England, have issued the following guidance for caterers, which as your chair, I would highly recommend it is not only read, but also utilised. More…

  • Special Discounted Subscription offer for HCA Members

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  • HOSPITAL FOOD STANDARDS BILL - UPDATE

    The Bill will have its second reading on 8th November 2013. More…

  • Hot Cookery Competition - Hotelympia 2014

    Hotelympia logoWe are once again searching for people who can claim to be the best NHS team chefs in the UK. Can members of your staff achieve this accolade and join the exclusive club of title holders. More…

  • Dysphagia Diet Food Texture Descriptors

    Dysphagia Diet Food Texture DescriptorsDownload 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.

  • Food Counts

    Allergy Guidance

    New legislation comes into force in December 2014. Learn all you need to know at the launch of our Allergy Toolkit. More…

  • Nutrition and Hydration Week 2014
    17-23 March 2014Nutrition and Hydration week 2014

    Celebrity Chef, Cyrus Todiwala OBE gets behind Nutrition & Hydration Week (17-23 March 2014), which has been heralded as an overwhelming success. More…

    We are passionate about driving health and social care nutritional care through improving, highlighting and demonstrating good nutrition and hydration practices. More…

    Afternoon Tea across the world will epitomise good nutrition and hydration for Nutrition & Hydration Week 2014. More…

    Need help with your Nutrition & Hydration week campaign? Look on further, download the latest updated Campaign Handbook. More…

    Download and sign the Nutrition & Hydration Week 2014 Pledge. More…

  • HCA Support WRAP

    Wrap logoThe HCA are pleased to announce that they have recently signed up to support WRAP and the key principles to WRAP's HaFSA. The full details of what WRAP is about can be found by clicking on the following link, www.wrap.org.uk. More…

  • PLACE update

    Following on from the request for feedback on your recent PLACE experiences, we collated them all and submitted them to the Department of Health whom at this point still have responsibility for PLACE. – NOTE – NHS England will take the responsibility of PLACE from this point. More…

  • Chairman’s Update/Blog

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  • HCA Training and Development Bursary 2013

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

  • Dysphagia

    A good practical guide regarding dysphagia has been put together by a food supplier, a copy of which can be downloaded by clicking here.

Press Releases

  • HCA response to the result of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) 2013 Inpatient Survey

    On 8 April, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published the results of the 2013 Inpatient Survey which covers England. This is a yearly audit based on visits the Picker groups conduct on behalf of CQC. More…

  • Hospital Caterers Association signs up to waste agreement

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    The Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) has signed up to the Hospitality and Food Service Agreement (HaFSA), committing to actively encourage its members to waste less food and associated packaging, as well as reuse and recycle more. More…

  • The HCA gives it view following the BBC’s third series of ‘Operation Hospital Food’ with James Martin

    The broadcast of ‘Operation Hospital Food’ starring celebrity chef, James Martin finished on Friday 28 February. A personal mission for James, he took on the task of endeavouring to transform food at a number of NHS hospitals across the country for a third week long series. More…

  • HCA statement regarding CBHF/Unison ‘Keep Hospitals Cooking’ Report

    A joint Report by the Campaign for Better Hospital Food (CBHF) and UNISON was published on 30 December 2013. More…

  • HCA statement regarding the resignation of the Campaign For Better Hospital Food from the Government’s Hospital Food Standards Panel

    Andy Jones, Chair, Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) says: “As one of the members of the Hospital Food Standards Panel, the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) fully supports its terms of reference. More…

  • Food & Drink should be put on a par with medicine in hospitals

    Liz Evans, Chair of the National Nurses Nutrition Group (NNNG) states that "Food and Drink should be put on a par with medicine in hospitals" – to download the full article and read Andy Jones's, Chair of the HCA, response please follow the link. More…

  • Celebrity Chef, Cyrus Todiwala OBE gets behind Nutrition & Hydration Week (17-23 March 2014)Nutrition and Hydration week 2014

    Nutrition & Hydration Week 2014 which drew to a close on Sunday 23 March, has been proclaimed an unprecedented success by its organisers. More…

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