Your mission is to provide a healthy, nutritious, varied and reliable meals service to our elderly residents. This involves ensuring every resident is provided with and enjoys a balanced, healthy, varied and nutritious diet, prepared according to their tastes, and presented to a high standard.
It starts with developing, in consultation with residents and staff, healthy balanced menus, with choices which reflect the needs and preferences of residents. You’ll therefore plan, prepare and cook residents’ meals from the agreed menu, taking into account personal preferences or recognised dietary requirement (e.g. diabetes). All residents are to be offered at least three meals per day. And by regularly seeking feedback, you’ll monitor their satisfaction with the menu and quality of the food provided.
You’ll also ensure a safe and sufficient supply of catering products, by developing a system of ordering supplies in a timely manner. And to ensure good stock control, you’ll make sure catering orders and deliveries are recorded using documentation supplied, to enable all orders to be checked and audited. Maintenance of a system of effective stock rotation and control is paramount, and by doing so, you will manage catering costs within the agreed catering budget.
You will also ensure safe and proper use of catering equipment, and report any defects to management. It is also important that you adhere to kitchen cleaning procedures and schedules in accordance with Environmental Health standards, and keep the kitchen and store areas in a clean and hygienic condition. Correct use of all equipment and products in line with COSHH requirements is key, as is the need to keep all COSHH assessments under review. You will also participate in and supervise the completion of all relevant records in relation to food safety.
The Ideal Candidate
You’ll have a relevant Certificate in Food Hygiene, or be prepared to obtain one within the first three months in the role. Equally, you will have demonstrable experience of cooking varied, healthy and safe meals to large groups (twelve or more, and sometimes up to 20), on a regular basis.
You’ll also have the ability to communicate and interact well with people, and work productively as part of a team. And in a modern working environment, naturally you need to be able to read and write to a good standard.
You’ll be methodical and highly organised; your kitchen and equipment will be kept clean and tidy, with an effective method of stock rotation.
Finally, you'll demonstrate an empathy and understanding of the nutritional needs of older people.
In line with your casual (bank) worker assignment agreement, we offer competitive pay that is in line with those of our employed staff in similar roles. And depending on how many hours you work, you will accrue leave at an equivalent rate of 29 days paid leave in a full calendar year, inclusive of bank/public holidays.
To carry out this role, you will be provided with mandatory training to get you started, as part of a comprehensive induction. And to work for us in future assignments, you will be expected to keep your mandatory training up to date.
About the Company
Located in the market town of Amersham, Mansil House is our supported accommodation for older people built in 1977.
Our home consists of 13 rooms, all have ensuites and kitchenettes. We have a very comfortable lounge so there is always somewhere for our residents to sit with their families and friends and a pretty well-maintained garden for them to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. Other facilities include a visiting mobile hairdresser and chiropodist and for the less mobile, we offer a lift and two assisted bathrooms.
Our wide range of activities, such as coffee mornings and craft sessions, are led by our passionate and engaging team who have a positive impact on our residents’ lives. There is also a fabulous team of volunteers who help out too offering lifts into town and organising outings for our residents.
Every member of our warm-hearted team plays a vital role in continuously supporting our residents to improve their quality of care and wellbeing. We are proud to invest in our team throughout their career with learning programmes and continual professional development opportunities.
If this matches your own values and you would like to know more about being part of this successful team, please do get in touch.
The Abbeyfield Society