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Issued: 10 December 2004

Camus House Staff Achieve Food Hygiene Awards

Since January 2000 over 400 of the council's Social Work and Health staff, who prepare and handle food, have attained their elementary level food hygiene training.

The training is provided via the Hands on Hygiene open learning pack developed by Dundee College.

As part of the council's commitment to providing quality services, an important aspect of which is food hygiene, it was decided that the standard for all staff that prepare and handle food is that they will hold an elementary food hygiene certificate.

Speaking at the presentation Social Work & Health director Robert Peat said: "Due to the physical frailty of our client group, and associated consequences of food-borne infection upon this group, food hygiene has always formed an important aspect of our work at Camus House. We wanted to offer training to all staff in the home because everyone can be involved at some point or other in providing food and drinks to our residents - even a simple request for a glass of water, carries with it food hygiene implications. So all staff at Camus House - domestic, kitchen and care staff- have been given the opportunity to get a formal qualification in elementary food hygiene."

Using the open learning materials 24 (69%) of the staff at Camus House Care Home for Older People have now achieved their Hands on Hygiene elementary food hygiene certificate with the remaining staff currently working towards their certificates.

Camus House provides residential care for 24 residents.