The Association was founded in 1948, and celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 1998. It is a national organisation with branches in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The aims and objectives of the Association are the promotion and improvement of the standards of catering in hospitals and healthcare establishments in Great Britain, Northern Ireland and elsewhere; the education and training of persons in health care catering services, and the provision and improvement of the professional interests and status of those engaged in health care catering services.
There are 17 branches nationally which are geographically based in order to facilitate the establishment of easier communication networks. Branch activities include formal meetings, seminars and study days with guest speakers, catering supplier’s demonstrations and exhibitions and social events.
National events are also held such as competitions,study days and cookery competitions and the highlight of the Associations year is our National Conference.
There are several grades of membership with the principal grade (FULL) being for persons actively involved in NHS catering management. There is also associate membership and a patronage scheme.
The Association has a membership of over 400 and a large proportion of members are actively involved in managing a range of other non clinical support services.