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Developing a competence framework for food safety Tony Lewis, Principal Education Officer, CIEH. Competence – why?. Process started in central government Performance management and cost control Plugging the hole in govt finances Cascaded into government agencies and departments

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Developing a competence framework for food safety tony lewis principal education officer cieh

Developing a competence framework for food safety Tony Lewis, Principal Education Officer, CIEH


Competence why
Competence – why?

  • Process started in central government

    • Performance management and cost control

    • Plugging the hole in govt finances

  • Cascaded into government agencies and departments

  • Became an issue for EH following the HSE’s (2005) SITNA report

    • A baseline comparator to apply to all and against which training resources could be more effectively provided

  • Now a facet of ‘world class’ regulation

  • Anderson Review

  • Pennington


Building competence
Building competence

The Professional Development Stairway to Competence

Excellence ?

Competence

‘Capability’ to ‘competence’ achieved via experience, peer review + reflective practice

Capability

Competencies

Skills

The journey to ‘capable’ as an EHP is via the qualification process

Knowledge


Where are we now
Where are we now

  • Framework for H&S (RDNA) complete and launched in January 09

  • Framework for health protection complete and launched (by ‘Skills for Health’ as National Occupational Standards)

  • Framework for PH complete and launched (Cube)

  • Frameworks developed and about to be piloted in food safety and housing

  • Framework for port health and contaminated land are under development

  • LBRO and partners are working on a combined framework for local government regulatory services – supported by LACoRS

  • Discussions under way with BRC to develop a framework for commercially-based EH


Regulators’ DNA Tool for Health and Safety:

Skills / Knowledge / Behaviour





Why bother
Why bother?

  • Encourage career-long learning

  • Maintain and develop skills against a changing environment

  • Maintain the disciplines of learning and continuous professional development applied during training

  • Encourage and support more effective development action planning

  • Encourage and support reflective learning


Why bother1
Why bother?

  • More structured, consistent and robust approach to identifying development needs at individual and line manager level

  • Support to Managers to help meet some of these locally

  • Support to individuals in developing themselves

  • Provides a shield against challenge to our decisions that is far more robust than a qualification certificate and experience

  • Once a standard is ‘out there’ and endorsed by a body of some standing it will become ‘compulsory’ by virtue of legal reference


Draft food safety framework

Work to develop the framework been ongoing for >12 months

Partnership approach to development:

CIEH, REHIS, TSI, LACoRS, FSA, APHA, HSE etc

Draft for consultation completed this week

Consultation process finalised this week

Draft food safety framework


Consultation process
Consultation process

  • Being overseen by Gary Telfer at CIEH ([email protected])

  • Commences with launch in EHN 7th/8th May


Consultation process1
Consultation process

  • Draft posted on CIEH website

  • Article in EHN highlighting its presence on website and inviting comments. Highlighting that it’s a framework for Food Safety Inspectors, not necessarily Regulators

  • Comments to be invited from all but particularly from members working in the food industry, in Scotland and EH colleagues working overseas (particularly in Malaysia and Hong Kong)

  • Ask CIEH ISIG to highlight presence on web to their contacts overseas

  • Letter to be sent to regions asking them to send copy to their food study groups, or authorities with a particular interest

  • Framework to be handed to pilot LAs for use

  • Date for return of comments, 30th June 2009


The food framework
The food framework

  • Mirrors the structure of H&S RDNA

    • Background and aims

    • Purpose of the framework

    • How to use the framework

    • Guidance on logging responses to framework questions


Food framework 2
Food framework (2)

  • Core behavioral competences

    • Being open and communicative

    • Acting professionally

    • Taking personal responsibility

    • Valuing people

    • Innovating and learning

    • Applying and developing job-related expertise


Food framework 3
Food framework (3)

  • IT competences

  • Organisational competences

  • Literacy and numeracy

  • Problem solving from first principles


Food framework 4
Food framework (4)

  • Regulatory Core

    • To enforce food law, applying the Food Law Code of Practice

    • To deploy a range of enforcement interventions (In order to secure compliance, learn lessons and improve conditions)

    • To advise and influence

    • Research, understand, retain, prioritise and use knowledge effectively

    • Train and educate (self and others)

    • Plan organise and prioritise


Food framework 5
Food framework (5)

  • Assessment of critical controls

  • Partnership working

  • Business awareness


Food framework 6
Food framework (6)

  • Technical knowledge framework

    • Food technology

    • Food standards

    • Food nutrition and health

    • Food safety and hygiene

    • Prescribed legislation



Tony Lewis

Principal Education Officer, CIEH

[email protected]

Tel: 0207 827 5907


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