Founded over 60 years ago, the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) was one of the firstprofessional associations to be formed within the National Health Service. It represents over 400 senior health carecatering managers and dieticians who provide a wide range of food services for patients, visitors and staff in NHShospitals and health care facilities nationwide. With over 300 NHS hospitals represented in its membership and 15HCA branches throughout the UK, the HCA network is the single largest group of health care catering providers withinthe NHS.
With over 300 million meals served every year and around £500 million spent on food annually by around 300 NHS Trusts across approximately 1200 hospitals, the NHS is the UK catering industry’s largest provider of meals. The HCA’snetwork of members is responsible for the jobs of 35,000 people, 80% of which are hospital chefs and kitchen basedstaff. Amongst its Associate membership are over 150 suppliers who are responsible for the provision of millions ofpounds worth of food, beverages, services and equipment to the hospital catering sector.