Hospital Caterers Association announces award shortlist

The Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) has announced the shortlist for its annual awards. The prestigious awards recognise the commitment and contribution of the association’s members. This will form part of the HCA Leadership and Development Forum, taking place at the Celtic manor on 11 and 12 April.

The theme for this year’s forum is ‘Evolution to Resolution’ and will incorporate four main themes, consisting of: leadership and development, food, debate, and business.

Alongside its established awards consisting of caterer of the year, chairman’s choice, trade stand, catering service of the year, nutrition and hydration poster and the Wilma Wilke outstanding service award, the HCA have introduced two new awards.

The first of these, is the Efficiency and Improvement Award, whereby HCA members will need to demonstrate a new idea which has developed and helped to improve catering service to patients and retail. They must have delivered service improvement, efficiency and productivity.

The second new award is the Special Contribution Award, which will be awarded to an individual or organisation who has performed a role that has had significant influence on the provision of services in one more areas in the catering sector.

Stewart McKenzie, Chair of the HCA, commented, “The HCA’s annual awards gives us the opportunity to praise the hard work and commitment from our members. It also gives us a chance to show our appreciation for all members of the association. We are excited for our two new award categories. It is always difficult to choose from many great nominated candidates. Congratulations to all finalists.”

HCA Awards 2019 shortlist:
Caterer of Year, sponsored by Hobart

• Iain Robertson, Hotel Services Manager (HSM) at Catering Services, St. Ann’s Hospital, Poole, The Royal Bournemouth Hospital & Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
• Amanda Cartmill, Interim Head of Facilities at Mid Cheshire Hospitals Foundation Trust
• Geoffrey Moyle, Trust Catering Manager at Freeman Hospital, Freeman Road, High Heaton, Newcastle
• Chris Neale, Head of Catering at Nottingham University Hospital NHS trust (NUH)
• Tony O’Hara, Senior Manager Patient Experience, South Eastern Trust

Catering Service of the Year, sponsored by NH Case
• Catering Strategy Team, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde • Chris Neale, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust • Tony O’Hara, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust Community

NEW Efficiency & Improvement Award, sponsored by Hefma
• David Wismann, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board - Restaurant and Food Retail
• David Wismann, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board Model Ward for Nutrition and Hydration: a Collaborative Multidisciplinary Team Approach
• Nicola McIvor and Robert McLaughlin, NHS Ayrshire & Arran • Geoffrey Moyle, Trust Catering Manager, Freeman Hospital, Freeman Road,
High Heaton, Newcastle • Droplet Team c/o Phil Shelley, Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Wilma Wilkie Outstanding Service
• Emma Wilson, Head of Catering, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals • Pam Miller, Facilities manager, Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust • Sheila Miller, Retired from NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

There will be no shortlist for the special contribution award, chairman’s choice and trade stand awards. The nutrition & hydration poster will be judged during the HCA National Leadership and Development Forum.

All winners will be announced at the President's Gala and awards dinner on Thursday 11th April.