Level 2 Award in Professional Cookery in Health and Social Care

Level 2 Award in Professional Cookery in Health and Social Care 

In association with the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) and National Association of Care Catering (NACC) the Institute of Hospitality has developed a Level 2 Award in Professional Cookery in Health and Social Care.

This qualification is specifically designed for people who cater for patients and residents in a health and social care setting and aims to develop their awareness of diet and appetite issues that may arise in this environment. It covers the importance of nutrition and hydration in maintaining health and wellbeing, how multi-professional teams work together to provide the level of nutritional care needed by different people, the needs of Dysphagia sufferers and how the condition impacts on diets and menus, how to cook food and amend menus for Dysphagia sufferers, the role of appetite and its influencing factors, and how to cook and hold food to maximise its effect on appetite.

This qualification forms part of the Institute of Hospitality suite of hospitality industry qualifications. It is designed to complement existing NVQ qualifications in professional cookery and the Trailblazers Commis Chef Apprenticeships Standard. The accredited qualification is based on the recommendations of: National Occupational Standards (NOS) related to professional cookery and health and social care, recommendations of good practice outlined by the National Association of Care Catering, and the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA).                                                         


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For centres wishing to apply for registration to deliver the qualification please register here


Institute of Hospitality learners receive their first affiliation with the industry’s global professional body which includes:

  1. e-Resources Collection - access to an extensive collection of e-books, e-journals and digital audiobooks via a single search box. The collection contains full content hospitality, leisure, tourism and business publications from globally-recognised publishers and authors. Download, e-mail and print e-journal articles or e-book materials free in compliance with applicable copyright. Borrow digital audiobooks and download to the technology of your choice, from a laptop to Android and Apple devices.
  2. Online Catalogue - holds a variety of electronic materials, proprietary Institute publications, web links to quality industry data and more! Use it to supplement your own in-house resources as well as the separate e-Resources Collection for comprehensive research on hospitality, leisure and tourism.
  3. Enquiry Service - provided by a qualified subject specialist librarian who offers a reference service. Institute of Hospitality learners can contact the librarian at library@instituteofhospitality.org and must provide their name and membership number.

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Institute of Hospitality learners will also have complimentary guest membership of the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) and complimentary student membership to the National Association of Care Catering (NACC) for the duration of the course.

For further information please e mail:

Alistair N. Sandall, Head of Professional Development: Alistair.Sandall@InstituteofHospitality.org