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Latest News

  • NHS Sustainability

  • NHS Sustainability Day 2015

    NHS Sustainability Day 2015I am delighted to present to you a new national health and wellbeing model developed by Elizabeth Harrison, Common Ground Lead at Lancashire Care NHS Trust. More…


    HCA LogoTender for the Contract for the Provision of Public Relations

    The HCA seeks an expression of interest from suitably experienced companies who wish to be considered for a formal invitation to tender. For more information click here.

  • Delivering high food standards in hospitals

    Good quality, high standard catering in hospitals and healthcare establishments is crucial. Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) National Chair, Andy Jones outlines how the Association consistently promotes, develops and implements standards throughout the 4 Nations to ensure they are adhered to in the November edition of Adjacent Government's online magazine. Read more…

  • Meals on Wheels and community meals services face bleak future as local government cuts bite

    Britain’s elderly face the risk of malnutrition and social isolation, whilst adding to the cost of an already struggling NHS, as government cuts hit community meals services, campaigners have warned. More…

  • 'Let's Drive Patient Catering Together' - Joint Day with BDA Food Counts Group and Nutritional Nurses Group (NNG)

    Please download the flyer which gives you details of our first joint Conference with the BDA Food Counts Group and the Nutritional Nurses Group.

    The Power of 3 - ‘Let’s Drive Patient Catering Together’

    Our first one-day Conference will take place on Tuesday 17th March 2015. This date has been chosen as it is the Tuesday of the Nutrition and Hydration Week 2015.We have already secured some interesting speakers for the day.

    So you do not miss out can I please ask you all if you would register early as spaces will be limited. I look forward to seeing you all there and supporting the HCA, but above all, supporting our colleagues in the BDA and NNG.

    Together, the Power of 3 will deliver to those we care for most – the patients.

    Thank you for your continued support.

National Chair, 
Hospital Caterers Association

  • Healthcare Solutions, Dysphagia and Dementia

    Healthcare SolutionsPremier Foods Launch Dementia Solutions Programme and updated Healthcare Brochure.

    As part of the launch of the guide, Premier Foods worked with both the end users and caterers to why the recipes contained in the guide make a great impact to their lives. More…

  • Hospital Food Standards Panel Report and PLACE results

    HCA LogoTo download your copy of the Hospital Food Standards Panel's Report published on 29 August, click here.

    For the PLACE results and Information ranking the quality of hospital food click here.

    Further information can be found here.

  • 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…

  • HCA Mentioned at Chief Nursing Officers Summit 2014 (NHS ENGLAND)

    The link below is from the recent Chief Nursing Officers Summit 2014 (NHS ENGLAND).

    The Hospital Caterers Association is not only leading our service, but we are gaining national recognition for doing so. What we are doing is ensuring that we embrace the 6C’s across all 4 nations, which to me shows how we ensure that the as Caterers we lead from the front and ensure that patients are at the core of all we do. More…

  • Food Allergens – Ward based training

    As you know, we are less than three weeks away from one of the biggest changes to the catering industry in a long time when the new allergen regulations are being put in place. I have gone on record as saying that this is one of the most significant changes to happen to caterers for a good many years. More…

  • Malnutrition Task Force

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

  • Preventing Waste in the Healthcare sector

    WRAP logoWRAP and HCA are pleased to announce that we have completed Webcasts that you should use with your teams as a training tool and to generate ideas/debate on how you can reduce WASTE. Click here to view the screencasts

  • Nutrition and Hydration Week logoNutrition and Hydration Week 2015
    16-22 March 2015

    Click here to view the latest Newsletter and Activity Planner for 2015 Nutrition and Hydration Week 2015.

    Alternatively scan the QR code below to go straight to the Nutrition and Hydraion Week website at
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  • Special Discounted Subscription offer for HCA Members


  • Download the latest updates to the DH Premises Assurance Model (PAM) document

    This includes updated metrics and new expanded Self-Assessment Questions. Click here

  • Hospital Caterers Association –
    Our 6Cs

    HCA LogoThe HCA are leading the way by having our own commitments aligned to the 6Cs, which is an initiative led by Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for NHS England.

    To view our commitment and cascaded them down to all your teams click here.

  • HCA Training and Development Bursary 2013

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

Press Releases

  • Coeliac UK

    Coeliac UK welcomes new EU regulation on food labeling as providing greater certainty for people with coeliac disease

    Coeliac UK, the national charity for people with coeliac disease, an autoimmune disease caused by a reaction to gluten, welcomes a new EU regulation on allergen labelling in catering outlets and for retailers from 13 December 2014, as providing more certainty for people with coeliac disease in managing their condition. More…

  • Newry Reporter

    Trust says its hospital food is ‘good quality’

    Following the recent publication of a damning report on the general quality of hospital food in England, the Southern Trust has said that it prides itself on ‘providing safe, good quality meals’. More…

  • HCA Response to the Government’s Hospital Food Standards Plan and Patient Led Hospital Inspection Audits (PLACE)

    HCA LogoToday, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP published Hospital Food Standards for England and announced that it would now be “legally-binding” for hospitals to apply these standards to food served to patients, and sold to staff and visitors on site. More…

  • Taking Action on Waste
    The Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) joins forces with WRAP to Prevent Waste in the Healthcare sector

    Wrap logoThe HCA is signed up to the Hospitality and Foodservice Agreement (HaFSA), joining over 200 signatories and supporters across the supply chain implementing plans to reduce food waste and recycle more. More…

  • Food Counts

    New Allergen Toolkit for Healthcare Catering Launched

    The Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) and The Association of UK Dietitians (BDA), through its Food Counts! specialist group, have worked together to produce and launch a new toolkit that addresses food allergies/intolerances within healthcare catering settings. 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…

  • HCA response to NHSScotland’s Standards for Food, Fluid and Nutritional Care

    HCA LogoNHSScotland has published revised 'Standards for Food, Fluid and Nutritional Care', today, 31 October, 2014. More…

  • It's all about caring and making a difference, together
    The Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) embraces NHS England's ‘The 6Cs are for everyone’ values

    HCA LogoLast month more than 350 health care professionals, clinical and non-clinical, attended the 'The 6Cs are for everyone’ conference in London. More…

  • HCA response to new evaluation of significant nutritional differences between organic and non-organic food

    In the largest study of its kind, an international team of experts led by Newcastle University, UK has proved that organic crops and crop-based foods are up to 60 per cent higher in a number of key antioxidants than conventionally-grown crops. More…

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