HIT Training has launched a Level 2 Award in Professional Cookery in Health and Social Care, a qualification for health and social care caterers.
Said to be the first of its type, the qualification 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 covers the importance of nutrition, hydration and maintaining health and wellbeing, as well as 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: “Catering for those with dysphagia is a hugely important skill to have in a health and social care setting. Not least, having the additional skills to prepare dysphagic food in an attractive way, exploring creative use of textures to give patients and residents greater visual recognition and enjoyment of their food.”