World Environmental Health Day

World Environmental Health DayToday is World Environmental Health Day, an annual event launched by the International Federation of Environmental Health (IFEH) to share knowledge and promote cooperation between countries where environmental health is a known issue.

The IFEH has announced the theme for this year’s World Environmental Health Day is ‘Global Food Safety and Sustainability’ and has pledged to support the provision of more safe food globally as well as supporting communities to value sustainable food production, precious water and nutrient resources.

According to an article published by the World Health Organization on 31 October 2017, an estimated 600 million people, that’s almost 1 in 10 people worldwide, fall ill after eating contaminated food and approximately 420,000 people die every year.

Major outbreaks of foodborne disease have occurred on every continent in the past decade, often amplified by globalized trade. Consumer demand for a wider variety of food has resulted in an increasingly complex global food chain, and as the world’s population continues to grow so too do the challenges for food safety. These challenges put greater responsibility on food producers and handlers to ensure food safety.

In the spirit of spreading awareness and knowledge this World Environmental Health Day, here’s our top ten tips for ensuring safe food preparation:

1. Buy your food and ingredients from a reputable business, check that it’s in date, in good condition and that the packaging is undamaged.

2. Always follow the manufacturer’s storage and cooking instructions on the label. Use a clean, digital, tip-sensitive thermometer to check food is cooked to 75°C in the coldest part and cool food quickly after cooking if it is not for immediate consumption.

3. The temperature ‘risk zone’ where food poisoning bacteria can multiply quickly is between 20°C and 50°C so always keep perishable, ready-to-eat food, raw meat, fish, shellfish, cut fruits and salads out of this zone. Keep refrigerator temperatures at or below 5°C and freezer temperatures at around -18°C.

4. Always keep ready-to-eat food separate from raw food, especially raw meat, fish, shellfish and unwashed vegetables.

5. Thaw raw poultry in a cool place in accordance with the label’s instructions and never wash raw poultry. It may be better to leave it covered overnight in the kitchen rather than thawing it in the refrigerator to avoid contamination and ensure it is completely thawed.

6. Wash your hands before handling food, after handling raw food and then before handling ready-to-eat food. Keep a clean towel or role of disposable paper towels to wipe your hands. Do not use tea towels used for drying clean pots and utensils.

7. Always keep pets and other animals out of the kitchen and especially off preparation surfaces.

8. After you’ve cleaned food-contact and hand-contact surfaces with hot water and a detergent use a food grade disinfectant to kill bacteria.

9. Ensure your dishwasher is well maintained so that pots and utensils are cleaned thoroughly. If you don’t have the luxury of a dishwasher, fill a sink with water that is too hot for your hands unless washing up gloves are worn. Be sure to change the water before it becomes cold or dirty and replace cloths or sponges frequently. Tea towels used for drying up should be laundered on a hot wash and changed frequently, or alternatively, why not use disposable paper towels?

10. Finally, never prepare food for anyone else if you are ill, especially if you have diarrhoea, vomiting or are continually sneezing due to a cold.

If everyone followed these ten simple steps we could dramatically decrease the number of foodborne disease outbreaks worldwide, allowing global efforts to focus on establishing much needed clean water resources and sustainable food production.

It is also vitally important that people working in the food or hospitality industries report any instances of poor practice relating to safe food to a manager or person in charge so that appropriate action can be taken to prevent the spread of foodborne diseases. Food and hospitality employers have a responsibility to make their staff aware of these dangers and highlight the importance of communication.

For more information on our full range of food safety training products, go to www.highfieldproducts.com/products/sector/food-safety/

To find out more about the IFEH and what others are doing around the globe this World Environmental Health Day, go to www.ifeh.org/wehd

Introducing the Apprenti-kit PLUS

The new Highfield Apprenti-kits are designed specifically to support the on-programme delivery of the new apprenticeship standards.

They are:

• mapped to the standards that they support
• available as an e-kit that is compatible with most e-portfolio systems
• broken down into manageable-sized modules that can be completed at the apprentice’s own pace
• used to evidence the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by the apprentice
• packed full of over 1,000 hours of our experience, expertise and knowledge
• ideal for tracking learners’ progress towards gateway and evidencing their readiness for end-point assessment

The new Apprenti-Kit Plus enhances the value and learning experience of an apprentice by including:

• a health and wellbeing book
• an end-point assessment support document
• a choice of 5 e-learning short courses
This enhanced bundle that truly benefits your apprentice is available for just £15.

Find out more here.

EVENT: Education and Training event London 8 November 2018

Highfield will be holding an event in November for trainers interested in our education and training qualifications.

Held at the Holiday Inn, Mayfair, London, on 8 November 2018, the event will cover everything you need to know about the Highfield Level 3 Award in Education and Training (RQF) and the Highfield Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training (RQF).

Key areas for discussion will be qualification content, delivery methods, and tutor, assessor and IQA requirements. You’ll also have the opportunity to discover the difference between delivering the learning and development units and non-learning and development units, as well as the education and training foundation and professional standards for teachers.

The event is suitable for centres already delivering the qualifications, as well as those looking to offer them in the future.

It is also ideal for those who have previously delivered PTLLS and want to understand more on the difference between the previous suite of teaching and training qualifications (PTLLS/CTLLS) and the new level 3 and level 4 education and training qualifications.

There also will be the chance to ask our experts questions throughout the day, and to network with professionals in your areas, with lunch and refreshments provided.

Delegate places start at just £50 plus VAT. Attendance entitles you to 6 CPD points.

To book your place, click here.

EVENT: Online learning & assessment with Highfield 13 September 2018

Highfield is hosting events in Bristol and Durham this autumn to explain more about our online learning and e-assessment offer.

These free-to-attend workshops are aimed at busy centre managers looking to improve their training offer and reduce costs through digital learning and assessment.

The events – on 13 September 2018 at the Doubletree by Hilton, Bristol, and 2 October 2018 at Radisson Blu, Durham – will give delegates the opportunity to trial a selection of our e-learning courses as we demonstrate the wide arrange of subjects we have to offer. 

We’ll also show you, step-by-step, how to navigate the Highfield Learner Management System (LMS), and show you how it gives you more control and flexibility when it comes to managing the courses you offer. 

Plus, you’ll receive a demonstration on how Highfield Works, our very own e-assessment system, helps save you time and money, all while providing you with the flexibility need to manage assessments, resits and certifications at the click of a button.

And don’t worry if you’re not the most tech-savvy person on the planet, our digital products are designed to be simple to use and easy to learn, so with our help you’ll be an expert in no time.

Morning and afternoon sessions at both events are available, so book your free place today at the links below:

Bristol event
Durham event 

Effective Delivery of Highfield Level 4 Qualifications

Do your learners struggle with the step up to level 4 food safety or HACCP?

Are pass rates not as high as you would hope? Or are your learners passing with lower marks than anticipated?

If the answer is ‘yes’ then our Effective Delivery of Level 4 Qualifications event is essential CPD!

As the market leader for regulated food safety qualifications, Highfield is committed to ensuring its centres can offer the finest food safety and HACCP qualifications on the market.

And as part of that commitment, we have recently reviewed and updated the assessment methods of our level 4 regulated qualifications in HACCP and food safety.

The changes to these qualifications have been made to ensure that Highfield qualifications continue to set the standard in food safety compliance to ensure continued relevance and to respond to and meet modern day issues.

Attendance at this event will provide 3 CPD points.

To book your place, click here.

Highfield customer service survey – thank you!

A big thank you to everyone who took part in our customer service survey earlier in the year. We appreciate the feedback and are delighted to report that the overall message was ‘keep on doing what you’re doing’.

That’s not to say there wasn’t some constructive feedback, and we’ll be working hard to improve those areas, starting with fewer emails! Hence this monthly round-up of our news instead of individual bulletins.

But it’s great to know that over ninety percent of you are happy with the level of customer service we offer, and we’re determined to get that up to as near one hundred percent as possible!

Of course, you don’t need to respond to the customer service survey to let us know how we are doing. We’re happy to hear your feedback at any time. We’re always open to suggestion on how we can improve our offer to you and our account managers are on hand every weekday to listen and respond to your feedback.

Updates to level 5 health and social care qualifications

Changes to frameworks that will affect Highfield qualifications in the health and social care sector have been announced by Skills for Care (SfC), the industry’s sector skills council.

It has been confirmed that the assessment plan for the new Level 5 Leader in Adult Care Apprenticeship Standard is still awaiting sign-off from the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA), and is expected to published later in the year.

As a result, current SASE framework apprenticeships, including the Highfield Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care, and Children and Young People’s Services (England) (RQF) qualification (including the adult pathways), will remain open for registrations until 31 December 2019, when the SASE framework is closed.

SfC has also confirmed that once available, the new level 5 standard will include a named mandatory qualification.

In anticipation of this, Highfield has developed a new Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care qualification, which will be available for registration from 1 September 2018.

This new qualification has been approved against the SfC specification and developed to reflect updated practices and challenges of leadership and management in the sector.

Once the SASE frameworks have been closed for registrations, the current Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services for Adult Care Leaders and Managers (adult pathways) will also close for registrations and will be replaced by the new Level 5 qualification.

There will be a period of dual running between the current SASE apprenticeships and the new standard apprenticeships therefore, centres must be clear which qualification option they will take (once the standard is live). 

For further info please visit the Skills for Care website

Keep on trucking with our new LGV qualification

Highfield is continuing its support for the new apprenticeship standards in the logistics sector by launching a new qualification aimed at anyone looking to develop the skills and knowledge to operate as a large goods vehicle (LGV) driver.

The Highfield Level 2 Certificate for Large Goods Vehicles (LGV) Drivers (RQF) covers areas such as planning deliveries, loading and unloading, driving safely and efficiently, and operating technology and equipment.

The qualification, which has been developed to support the Large Goods Vehicles (LGV) Driver Apprenticeship Standard, has a total qualification time (TQT) of 180 hours with 119 hours recommended as guided learning (GL).

 

Calling all food safety trainers and professionals!

This Autumn Highfield will host two half day food safety CPD workshops in Bristol. As the UKs market leader for regulated food safety qualifications, we are committed to ensuring that Highfield centres are kept up-to-date with the latest developments in the sector and best practice when it comes to delivering our qualifications.

Firstly, join us for our Effective Delivery of Highfield Level 4 Qualifications on the 9th October 2018. Ideal for centres who have learners who struggle with the step up to level 4 food safety or HACCP or have lower than expected pass rates, and learners passing with lower marks than anticipated, this event will put the focus on maximising results.

The event will put a spotlight on the recent changes that have recently been made to our level 4 qualifications and focus on the updated assessment criteria that ensures our qualifications offer continued relevance and ensure that they meet modern day issues.

The event will be delivered by Judith Hutchinson. Jude is one of Highfield’s subject matter experts for food safety and HACCP, moderates and marks all levels of food safety and HACCP exams, and is an experienced trainer. Jude has been delivering food safety and HACCP training, as well as working as a consultant, to food manufacturers, caterers and retailers, for many years.

Attending the Effective Delivery of Highfield Level 4 Qualifications event provides 3 CPD points and costs just £50 for Highfield Centres. Non-centres are welcome to attend and will be charged £80.

Book your place on this event here.

Then, on the 27th November we’ll run a Pest Management and Effective Cleaning CPD Event that brings together two excellent speakers from two hugely respected organisations.

Grahame Turner, Training Manager at Mitie Pest Control will run through the latest innovations in pest control including the growing role of technology within programmes of pest management. Vitally, Grahame’s talk focuses on how organisations can implement this new technology within their existing pest management programme.

Peter Littleton then comes to the fore with a cleaning update. Technical Director at Christeyns Food Hygiene and Vice-Chair & Training Services at SOFHT brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the room. Peter’s presentation on cleaning techniques and measuring efficacy highlights the importance of ensuring that the basics are covered, and that results are verified.

This half day event will provide attendees with 4 CPD points and costs just £50 for Highfield centres and £80 for non-centres.

Book your place on this event here.

Update to SCPLH renewal requirements for trainers

SCPLH renewalThe first cohort of licences issued under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 are due to expire on 1 September 2019, with holders needing to apply to renew their personal licence at least three months before the expiration date.

The Scottish government has confirmed personal licence holders will need to take refresher training to support their renewal application, more about which can be found at: https://www.gov.scot/Publications/2018/08/6715

While trainers do not need to have a licence, they are required to have sat the Scottish Certificate for Personal Licensing Holders (SCPLH) qualification, and undergo refresher training every 5 years, to align with the requirements laid out in the Training Delivery and Assessment Strategy.

It is important to note that the criteria to deliver SCPLH courses are distinct from the criteria to become and continue to be a licence holder. This means that all trainers delivering the SCPLH qualifications must hold a certificate that is no older than 5 years. To be able to continue delivering the SCPLH qualifications, trainers must undergo refresher training and submit their certificate to Highfield.

Highfield has agreed with People 1st that it will give trainers a one-month grace period from 8 August 2018 to make arrangements to take the qualification again.

Any trainer certificates that are due for renewal will display on the homepage of the members’ log-in area on the Highfield Qualifications website 90 days before they lapse.

Once you have your new certificate, submit it to your account manager, who will then update our records.