Victory for the Hospital Caterers Association at 25th Cost Sector Catering Awards

On Thursday 4th April 2018, the Hospital Caterers Association celebrated victory with two Cost Sector Catering awards.

Phil Shelley from Musgrove Park Hospital and immediate past chair of the Hospital Caterers Association was honoured with the PS100 award, presented to him on the night by Andy Jones, Former HCA Chair, and the other to Geoff Moyle, Trust catering manager at Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne winning the Healthcare award.

Shelley was HCA chair from 2015-2017. During his time as chair of the HCA he helped deliver the BDA’s Digest, a document which prescribes mandatory standards for nutrition in UK hospitals. This year, he was appointed associate board member to Age UK’s malnutrition task force and is a long-time member of NHS Improvement’s Nutrition and Hydration expert panel, all of which is voluntary work.

Phil Shelley, immediate past chair of the HCA said: “The focus on nutrition and hydration is more important than ever within patient care. This award shows that everybody in the NHS has a part to play in improving our care essentials. The award is a great achievement for Musgrove Park Hospital and the Hospital Catering Association in the knowledge that we must continue our focus to enhance our catering services”

In Shelley’s day job as facilities manager of Musgrove Park Hospital he oversees the safe delivery of 1100 patient meals and 250 staff and visitor meals per day. His work in driving up nutritional standards and promoting ‘eating for health’ is well recognised in the industry.


The additional win for the HCA went to Geoff Moyle from Freeman Hospital. Moyle was presented with the healthcare award.

Geoff Moyle, Trust catering manager at Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne comments: “I felt very honoured to be short listed let alone winning it. That was the last thing I expected. It means a lot to me because I have a wonderful team and it is with working as a team we have achieved and have been rewarded. It means a lot to the catering department and the Trust.”

Moyle has served 40 years with the NHS. He started as a cook in 1978, progressing his career to his current position as Catering Services Manager since 2007.

He created change within the staff restaurant at the Freeman Hospital to support improved food choices, which led to Newcastle Hospitals’ receiving the Bronze Award for Better Health at Work in 2015. His award winning has continued since, including Moyle picking up a Green Apple environment award and a Health Business award in 2017.

Earlier on this year, his team were winners of the HCA’s Hot cookery competition at Hotelympia 2018 which was held at the Excel, London as part of the Salon Culinaire. The team will cook and present their winning dishes at the 2018 HCA leadership and development forum in the live theatre.

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