Four new qualifications for people working in health and social care settings where diet and nutrition is particularly important have been launched.
These qualifications link closely together to provide an essential foundation in understanding the importance of diet and nutrition for people who use services.
The new system is designed to be flexible so that knowledge and skills gained will not need repeating but can be built on throughout a worker's career.
The new qualifications are:
- Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Health and Social Care and Early Years or Childcare Settings
This is a small one unit knowledge only qualification for all learners who handle food in a range of health and social care settings. It is particularly suitable for people working in health and social care who are completing their initial food safety training.
- Level 2 Award in Promoting Food Safety and Nutrition in Health and Social Care or Early Years and Childcare Settings
This qualification covers both the knowledge and skills of learners in which diet and nutrition is particularly important. It covers essential principles of hydration, nutrition and malnutrition as well as an understanding of how to monitor and promote a healthy diet. Learners working in either adult or in early years and childcare settings can complete the qualification and choose units relevant to their job role.
- Level 2 Award in Awareness of Diabetes
This qualification is designed to provide a basic understanding of diabetes for those who work in the health and social care sector including care assistants, domiciliary care workers and support workers. The qualification will enable learners to have a basic knowledge of diabetes, the risks associated with development of diabetes and to explore treatment options including self-care.
- Level 3 Certificate in Working with Individuals with Diabetes
This qualification is designed specifically for individuals from diverse roles in the health and social care sector who are supporting in the management of - or in the direct delivery of care to - individuals with diabetes. The aim and purpose of the qualifications is to develop learners' knowledge and skills relating to diabetes and to assess their competence in caring for people with diabetes.
There are several units that are shared across these qualifications and credits gained can be carried over from one to another.
For more information on the qualifications visit www.skillsforcare.org.uk/qcf where you can also find information on the Awarding Organisations offering these qualifications.