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Hospital caterers recognised at HCA Awards

31st Mar 2022 - 09:32
Former HCA chair Stewart McKenzie receiving the Wilma Wilkie Outstanding Service Award from HCA Vice President Mark Hayman and HCA Chair Brian Robb
The Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) recognised the work and commitment of hospital caterers across four nations at its annual Leadership and Development Forum held in Liverpool between 30th and 31st March 2022.

Eight awards were presented including Caterer of the Year, Catering Team of the Year, Efficiency and Improvement Award, Special Contribution Award, The Wilma Wilke Outstanding Service Award, Chairman’s Award and new for 2022 a Rising Star Award and a Leadership and Excellence Award.

The judging panel included HCA President The Rt Hon Lord Hunt of Kings Heath PC OBE, Vice Presidents Mark Hayman, Alison McCree and National Chairman Brian Robb.

Robb commented: “These awards publicly acknowledge the exceptional commitment and outstanding contributions from our members. All of whom have been nominated for demonstrating excellence and innovation over the past 12 months. I wish to thank and congratulate all the winners and finalists for their amazing work and perseverance during this extremely difficult time.”

Full list of HCA winners:

  • Caterer of the Year (sponsored by Hobart UK)- Tim Radcliffe, Facilities Manager of East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (North West HCA Branch)
  • Catering Team of the Year 2022 (Sponsored by Rational)- Causeway Hospital, Northern Trust (Northern Ireland Branch)
  • Efficiency and Improvement Award (sponsored by Hefma)- Stewart Nimmo for Catering Team, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lyn NHS Foundation Trust (East Anglia Branch)
  • Special Contribution Award (sponsored by HCA)- Margaret Valenti
  • Rising Star Award (sponsored by HCA)- Shane O’Neill, Assistant Patient Experience Manager, Lagan Hospital (Northern Ireland Branch)
  • Leadership & Excellence Award (sponsored by HCA)- Joe Gilbey – Retail Lead, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Health Board (West of Scotland Branch)
  • Chairman’s Choice (sponsored by HCA)- Northern Ireland Branch
  • Wilma Wilkie Outstanding Service Award 2022 (sponsored by HCA)- Stewart McKenzie (West of Scotland Branch)

The Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) is a voluntary organisation which celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2018 in line with the 70th anniversary of the NHS.

With more than 300 million meals served every year and around £500 million spent on food annually by around 300 NHS Trusts across approximately 1,200 hospitals, the NHS is the UK catering industry’s largest provider of meals. For more information please visit:  

Written by
Edward Waddell