Food safety and nutrition

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Care workers have a role in the nutritional wellbeing of people who need care and support through the delivery of direct care, catering or domestic duties. 

For Care Quality Commission(CQC) regulated providers, ensuring the appropriate food safety training is provided helps comply with their expectations around national standards for induction.

Every organisation has different needs. What is covered by food safety and nutrition will vary and there is no definitive list. 

We have resources to support you.  We don’t deliver training but you can search our Endorsement Framework directory for first aid courses delivered by recommended training providers.


Our Recommendations for CQC providers guide includes a section around induction related training, including further information about medication administration training. It can help you consider what you need to cover for an effective induction.

The section includes what generally should be covered by the training, who should deliver the training, how competence should be signed off, recommended resources and what formal qualifications could be considered.

This induction applies across social care and health and is made up of 15 standards which make new members of staff ready to practice within their specific sector. Standard eight focuses on fluids and nutrition.

We have materials to support you with the Care Certificate.

Our choosing workforce learning guide helps you think about what you need from a learning provider.  It helps you ask the right questions before choosing which one to use. With thousands of learning providers available, this helps you select the best one for your needs. 

If you want to further develop your food safety and nutrition related knowledge and skills, we recommend using our Skill Selector to find relevant units and qualifications.   

Funding towards the cost of qualifications may be available from our Workforce Development Fund.


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