Congratulations, Northern Ireland, HCA Champions 2024 

The HCA 4 Nations Challenge took place once again at the HRC event on 25th March at the London Excel. 

The fiercely fought competition saw 7 teams of 2 take part from across the nations.

Daren Taggart and Angela Dickson, both from Causeway Hospital Northern Ireland scooped up this year’s title achieving silver medals and Best in Class. The winning team will also be treated to a trip to the UNOX factory in Padova Italy.


Image: A very proud Darren and Angela with Northern Ireland Branch Chair  Karen McLaughlin (centre).

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Welcome to apetito, the HCA's new Corporate Patron

apetito are the leading food provider to the health and social care sector, providing delicious, nutritious and sustainable meals to the NHS and patients across the country.

Find out more at: apetito.link/HC-HCA


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The 2023 HCA Leadership & Development Forum greeted as an immense success

The Hospital Caterers Association was proud to hold their annual Leadership & Development Forum recently at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.


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The Hospital Food Review – What is happening following the publication of the report

It is now some time since the Hospital Food Review was published, with its eight recommendations to improve staff and patient health and wellbeing through hospital food. The following outlines the progress that has been made since then.

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Wessex Branch – Salon Culinaire 2024

Thursday 16 May – Newlyns Farm Shop and Cookery School.

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Wessex Branch – Salon Culinaire 2024

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Nutrition & Hydration 24/7, 365

365/24/7Raising awareness on Nutrition & Hydration within a Healthcare setting is an important part of the quality of care for our patient, so as caterers, being fully involved in the planning and production of healthy, nutritious and balanced meals is vital.

The working relationships that we are building on, with Clinical teams, Dietitians, Speech & Language colleagues and Suppliers is giving opportunity to make a “real difference” to our patients every day of the year.

The Nutrition and Hydration 24/7, 365 Campaign shows that amazing work is going on throughout the NHS across the 4 Nations which enables us to build on a solid foundation.

“Good nutrition and hydration is at the heart of every HCA member and we will continue to do our best to provide it to patients, every day, week and month of the year, every year.”

Brian Robb, Chairman

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