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HCA L&D Forum LogoThe HCA is getting right to the heart of what ‘matters’ for caterers, patients and our suppliers with ‘Foodmatters’, the HCA National Leadership & Development Forum 2015.

To book your place, download a Booking Form, or submit an online registration.

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  • HCA L&D Forum Logo

    Final Programme for ‘Foodmatters’ Announced

    It is with great pleasure and excitement that we announce the Final Programme for 'Foodmatters', the HCA's National Leadership & Development Forum 2015 – where we are supported by a line up of expert Speakers to more than whet the appetite!

    Joining us on the Forum stage at the Hilton in Glasgow, we're delighted to welcome Chef James Martin - 'Operation Hospital Food'; Science Presenter, 'Trust me I'm a doctor', Michael Mosley; Professor Fiona McQueen, Chief Nursing Officer for NHS Scotland and so much more. 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.

  • CEDA Conference 2015 - HCA Members save 10% on bookings

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    The CEDA Conference is the premier event of the Catering Equipment Industry and is attended by the key decision makers from consultants, distributors and manufacturers and representatives of other associations representing major end user groups. Click to book your place

  • Menu planning for preventing food waste

    WRAP Menu Planning

    Produced by WRAP, the menu planning webcast assists you in reducing the impact of waste, which we are all aware is a key focus to us all. This builds upon the work we did jointly last year with the screencasts which offer a step-by-step guide enabling hospital caterers to reduce food and associated packaging waste and to recycle more.

    Click to view webcast

  • Malnutrition Task Force

    To keep up to date with the latest developments taking place to combat malnutrition by the Malnutrition Tack Force click here.

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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.

  • Chairman’s Blog

    HCA National Chair, Andy Jones, gets the word out on the latest developments, initiatives and thinking in hospital catering, service and delivery. More…

  • 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.

    I would urge you all to start to use them in your training and wider awareness of your teams, as the 10 Key Characteristics is key part of the service we provide. They are also a key recommendation in the Hospital Food Plan.

  • PL100

    Invite to attend the PS100 Seminar
    2.30pm – Thursday 9 April 2015
    Hilton London Metropole

    We would like to extend an invitation to you to attend the PS100 Seminar, taking place on the afternoon before the Cost Sector Catering Awards.

    We are pleased to announce that Dianne Jeffrey CBE DL, Chairman of Age UK will be delivering the keynote speech at the seminar. More…

  • Dysphagia (swallowing problems) occurs in all care settings1 and as caterers we know the importance of providing dysphagia food and drink is essential to the patient’s recovery, but we know fully that it has to be done correctly and safely. Download report.

  • NHS EnglandPatient Safety Alert – by NHS England

    Dysphagia (swallowing problems) occurs in all care settings1 and as caterers we know the importance of providing dysphagia food and drink is essential to the patient’s recovery, but we know fully that it has to be done correctly and safely. Download report.

  • Food Matters Live

    Food Matters Live Monthly Newsletter

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

  • CN Awards

    CN Awards 2015 – Don’t miss the chance to nominate & WIN!

    The CN Awards provide the chance for all readers, advertisers and contributors of CN Magazines to come together to recognise the achievements of those whose great work has made a significant difference within the nutrition industry – whether an individual, group or organisation. More…

  • Help a fellow Chef raise in excess of £1 million for Cure Leukemia

    Hayden Groves, who some of you will know well in his own right or as the winner of the 2013 National Chef of the Year, has joined forces with Geoff Thomas, the ex-Crystal Palace and England footballer, and others to raise in excess of 1 million pounds.

    They are going to complete the Tour De France course one day in advance of the main event in June 2015. So in this season of goodwill and giving, I urge you to please give a donation and show your support.

Press Releases

  • Nutrition and Hydration Week logoNutrition & Hydration Week launch highlights phenomenal global support

    Nutrition & Hydration Week 2015 officially launched with an event that brought together lead figures in health and social care catering from the UK and overseas. More…

  • Nutrition & Hydration Week 2014 scoops Health & Vitality Honours Award

    Health & Vitality Awards 2015Nutrition & Hydration Week 2014 has won the Public Sector category of the Health & Vitality Honours 2015 Awards. Footprint Health & Vitality Honours is a platform for businesses to showcase best practice and help create a greater transparency on the social sustainability issue of health and nutrition throughout the foodservice supply chain. More…

  • The Health and Social Care sector celebrates the launch of its first ever professional qualification in catering

    HCA LogoProfessional training for catering in the health and social care sector has taken a gargantuan step forward with the launch of the NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery in Health and Social Care Catering. The very first professional qualification for the sector, the ground-breaking course will pilot in May 2015 at Barnet and Southgate College in North London. More…

  • HCA response to University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust's Burger King removal

    HCA LogoSouthampton General Hospital has announced that it will not be renewing its concession for Burger King at the hospital, which runs out in 2016. Burger King does not, according to the hospital’s management, fit into a modern ‘healthcare environment’. More…

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