Hospital caterers win big at HCA Awards 2019

The Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) announced winners of its prestigious awards. The annual ceremony took place during the President’s dinner, at the HCA National Leadership and Development Forum, held at Celtic manor in Newport.

The awards publicly acknowledge exceptional commitment and outstanding contributions from HCA members over the last 12 months. All finalists have been originally nominated for demonstrating excellence in the chosen categories.

The judging panel consisted of HCA President, The Rt Hon Lord Hunt of Kings Heath PC OBE, Vice Presidents Mark Hayman and Alison McCree and national chairman Stewart McKenzie. The panel of judges were impressed with the calibre of applications and agreed all finalists would also be presented with certificates.

Stewart McKenzie, National Chairman comments: “I am delighted by the number of entries for the HCA Awards this year. This proves the calibre of NHS catering. We commend the hard work, dedication and compassion of our members. Many congratulations to all of the winners and finalists.”

As part of the HCA’s bid to support those in need, the Wales branch raised money for two charities and accepted donations during the President’s dinner. The first of these is Tŷ Hafan, one of the UK’s leading paediatric palliative care charities offering care to children and support for their families throughout Wales. The second is Dementia UK, a national charity which provides specialist dementia support for families through their Admiral Nurse service. In total, the HCA raised £6,000. Each charity was presented with a cheque of £3000 each at the end of evening.

For more information about the HCA, please visit www.hospitalcaterers.org or for more information about the HCA forum, please visit www.hcaforum.co.uk

Full list of winners and finalists:

Caterer of the Year 2019, sponsored by Hobart UK


Iain Robertson, Hotel Services Manager (HSM) – Catering Services Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust (Wessex Branch)


Tony O’Hara, Senior Manager Patient Experience, South Eastern Trust (Northern Ireland Branch)

Chris Neale, Head of Catering at Nottingham University Hospital NHS trust (NUH) (Trent Branch)

Geoffrey Moyle, Trust Catering Manager, Freeman Hospital, Freeman Road, High Heaton, Newcastle (Northern Branch)

Amanda Cartmill, Interim Head of Facilities, Mid Cheshire Hospitals Foundation Trust (Merseyside & North Wales Branch)

Caterer Service of the Year 2019, sponsored by NH Case


Catering Strategy Team – NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (NHSGGC) Health Board (West of Scotland Branch)


Catering Services at Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust (Trent Branch)

Catering Team, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust Community Facilities (Northern Ireland Branch)

Efficiency & Improvement Award, sponsored by Hefma


David Wismann, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board - Model Ward for Nutrition and Hydration: a Collaborative Multidisciplinary Team Approach (Wales Branch)


Droplet Team, Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust (South West Branch) Nicola McIvor & Robert McLaughlin, NHS Ayrshire & Arran (West of Scotland Branch) Geoffrey Moyle, Trust Catering Manager, Freeman Hospital, Freeman Road, High Heaton, Newcastle (Northern Branch)

David Wismann, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board - Restaurant and Food Retail (Wales Branch)

Special Contribution Award , sponsored by HCA


Roger Kellow

Trade Stand, Sponsored by HCA


ichef vending

Highly commended

get more vits’ (stand 84)

the good food chain ltd (stand 46)

National – Nutrition & Hydration 24/7 365 Poster Award, sponsored by HCA


Nicola McIvor, NHS Ayrshire & Arran. Poster - Food is Medicine


Karen McLaughlin, Northern Health & Social Care Trust The Northern Trust. Poster - Ode to Nutrition

Chairman’s Choice, sponsored by HCA


East Anglia Branch


Northern Ireland

South West



Wilma Wilkie Outstanding Service Award 2019, sponsored by HCA


Pam Miller, Yorkshire Branch


Emma Wilson, Trent Branch

Sheila Miller, West of Scotland Branch

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