HIT Training has become the first training provider to launch a Level 2 Award in Professional Cookery in Health and Social Care.
The company will be working in partnership with St Andrew’s Healthcare to deliver it to an initial cohort of learners.
The qualification, which is specifically for people who cater for patients and residents in a health and social care setting, has been designed by the Institute of Hospitality in association with the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) and National Association of Care Catering (NACC).
It is aimed at developing awareness of potential diet and appetite issues and the qualification covers the importance of nutrition, hydration and maintaining health and wellbeing. It also offers specific training on the needs of dysphagia sufferers and how the condition impacts diets and menus.
HIT Training has worked closely with development chefs at St Andrew’s Healthcare, a charity that provides specialist mental healthcare, to tailor the Level 2 Award programme to meet their precise needs.
Paul Mannering, principal of HIT Training’s Chef Academy, said: “It’s fantastic to see an employer investing in its chefs and helping them to strengthen their repertoire with a specific discipline. Catering for those with dysphagia is a hugely important skill to have in a health and social care setting. We’re immensely excited by this partnership with St Andrew’s.”
Vicky Wheatley, learning and development manager at St Andrew’s Healthcare, added: “HIT Training has worked closely with us to understand our training requirements and offer us a bespoke programme. This qualification is invaluable to us; it will enable the charity to provide a specialist catering service that gives our chefs the flexibility to stretch their creative muscles and prepare meals with fresh ingredients, with the confidence that they’re meeting the individual needs of our residents.”