Institute awards first professional health and care catering qualification

8 October 2017qualification_launch

The first professional catering qualification for health and social care catering – Level 2 Award in Professional Cookery in Health and Social Care – developed by the National Association of Care Catering (NACC), Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) and the awarding body of the Institute of Hospitality, has been officially approved on the Ofqual Regulated Qualification Framework.

Organisations will be able to apply to become approved centres to offer the qualification from January 2018.

The qualification is designed for people who cater for patients and residents in a health and social care setting and focuses on developing their awareness of diet and appetite issues that may arise in this environment.

The launch of the new qualification took place at the NACC Conference in Nottingham on 5 October. It attracted widespread media coverage and featured in the following news outlets:

The Caterer
Cost Sector Catering
Hospitality and Catering News
Stir It Up Magazine
Care Home Catering
The Carer UK
The Caterlyst

Peter Ducker FIH, chief executive, Institute of Hospitality, is pictured centre with Neel Radia FIH, national chairman of NACC (right) and Steward McKenzie FIH, national chair of the HCA (left) at the launch of the qualification.

Ducker said: "Caterers in hospitals and care homes now have their own rigorous and specific qualification for their unique training needs. May this encourage more people to choose health and care catering as a rewarding and highly-skilled profession and we would urge all organisations that work in the field of health and social care to make the new qualification available." 

For more information about the Level 2 Award in Professional Cookery in Health and Social Care qualification, education centres and learners should click here