Open to persons directly involved in NHS Healthcare Catering Management - annual subscription of £50.00 including VAT.
Open to trade suppliers and similar non catering management personnel - annual subscription of £50.00 including VAT. (Associate Membership limited to one third of Branch Membership - See Rule 5c (iii) HCA Rules and Constitution of detail).
Open to Full Members in retirement - a single payment of £50.00 + VAT at 20% (total £60.00, see rule 6a and 6b HCA Constitution and Rules).
Open to persons actively employed in Healthcare Catering. For example, catering supervisory positions, who have appropriate qualifications and/or expertise, and who are actively employed to manage food and nutrition for patients. This option is free for up to one year, not renewable and not extendable and thereafter Guest Members will be invited to join as Full Members.
Granted to Full Members, who in the opinion of National Council, and approved at the AGM of the Association have given exceptional service to the Association.
There is also a Patronage scheme in place for those companies wishing to support the Association, and become involved in Branch activities - the annual subscription for an individual Patron is £100.00 including VAT, and for a Corporate Patron is £1,200.00 including VAT.
Granted to pay tribute and recognise national figures or individuals who have undertaken important work in NHS catering for the benefit of the service and recognised and worked with the HCA to achieve these benefits, also awarded to individuals whose standing and reputation in society have helped to endorse or communicate the aims and messages of both the Association and the hospital catering sector. Honorary Patron membership is renewable annually at the discretion of the HCA's National Council.
Overseas Membership of the Association is open to persons actively employed in health care catering management outside of the UK and who are appropriately qualified.
Overseas members should note that all communication will be by email, and in English. The Hospital Caterer magazine will be available as the online version. Other benefits include:
Annual subscription of £50 GBP (Overseas Members do not pay VAT, but will have to pay any local taxes, and any bank charges for currency conversion). All payments are to be remitted in GBP (Sterling, via bank transfer on receipt of invoice) and any bank charges and local taxes are to be borne by the applicant.