Level 2 Award in Professional Cookery in Health and Social Care Catering

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


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.


Learning Outcomes:


Unit 1 Nutrition and hydration


1.       The learner will understand the impact of nutrition and hydration on health and wellbeing

2.       The learners will know about nutrition and hydration for population subgroups

3.       Know the roles of a multidisciplinary teams, national standards and guidelines


Unit 2 Food Modification in Health Care settings

1.       The learner will understand the impact of Dysphagia on residents and patients

2.       The learner will be able to plan, prepare, cook and finish food for residents and patients suffering from Dysphagia


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 (NACC) and the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA).

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For further information please e mail: Alistair N Sandall, Head of professional Development: Alistair.Sandall@InstituteofHospitality.org

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