We promote, develop and improve the standards of catering in healthcare

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Welcome to the Hospital Caterers Association website.

The Hospital Caterers Association encompasses the single largest group of healthcare catering providers within the NHS and is the recognised voice of hospital catering. It represents caterers who provide a wide range of food and other services for patients, visitors and staff in NHS hospitals and healthcare facilities. The HCA is a national organisation, with fifteen branches throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and more than 250 hospitals represented in its membership.

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Membership benefits

  • Personal development through networking with like-minded professionals
  • Regular branch meetings to discuss key issues
  • Social events at both regional and national level
  • Bi-monthly Journal, other HCA publications, Wallplanner and Website
  • Annual Leadership & Development Forum with reduced rates for members
  • Reduced rates for members to many training days, seminars etc
  • A voice to influence government policy and enhance professional profile


Hospital Caterers Association History

HCA Company Governance

The aims and objectives of the Association shall be the promotion and improvement of the standards of Catering in Hospitals and Health Care in Great Britain and Northern Ireland and elsewhere; the education and training of persons engaged in Hospitals and Health Care Catering Services and the provision and improvement of the professional interests and status of those engaged in the Hospital and Health Care Catering Services.

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