UWL’s hygiene course for Ealing restaurants is Award winner

Ealing Council Employee Awards

Hygiene training for restaurant staff in Ealing which helps raise standards in kitchens and enables residents to feel confident about eating out, has won an award.

So far this year, around 30 restaurants in the borough have benefitted from the Food Safety REHAB (Raising Ealing’s Hygiene Across the Borough) course, which is designed and delivered by the University of West London (UWL), in partnership with Ealing Council.

It is designed for food handlers who have been referred to UWL by the Council and teaches hygiene, food storage, due diligence and cleanliness. 

This week (Monday), two UWL staff members who deliver the training were recognised at the Employee Awards, hosted by Ealing Council at the Town Hall. Culinary Arts lecturer, Manish Gobin and Hospitality lecturer, Adam Lucas, collected the award for Value for Money. Both teach at the University’s London Geller College of Hospitality and Tourism.

UWL’s REHAB course is making a difference in the community by raising hygiene standards in Ealing’s restaurants. These are measured by the ‘Scores on the Door’ scheme, under which a low/high food hygiene rating of between one and five must be clearly visible to customers on the premises. An Indian restaurant saw its rating climb from one to the maximum score of five, after staff attended the training. Overall, 75% of restaurants achieve compliance with food and safety regulations after staff attend the course.

Reacting to the award, Manish Gobin, said: ‘Restaurants are often happy to get the chance to improve their practices and I’m proud we can help the community in Ealing by raising standards in restaurants. The success rate shows this course is working and it’s great to be part of this partnership with Ealing Council.'

Mark Wiltshire, Ealing Council’s Director of safer communities, said: ‘We are delighted to have partnered with UWL to deliver this innovative and targeted solution which enables non-compliant businesses to move into compliance.

'The REHAB programme specifically targets businesses which have persistently failed to comply with minimum standards and would normally be referred for prosecution.  The programme delivered by UWL is a last chance for a business to improve, reducing the regulatory burden and protecting residents.

‘The early successes of this programme are a credit to everyone involved.’

(l-r) UWL lecturers Adam Lucas and Manish Gobin with Ealing Council's Senior Environmental Health Officer, Cian McSweeney

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