Casual Relief/Bank Cook
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 and 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 this before you start. 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. At Abbeyfield we serve home cooked meals twice a day, lunch at 12.30 and a light tea at 5.30.
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
Abbeyfield House is situated on a quiet lane in the heart of the charming market town of Wendover and offers supported housing accommodation for older people. The house is in a great location with excellent transport links with a bus stop within short walking distance and a train station minutes from the house.
Built in 1980, our home offers 16 rooms for our residents with 2 one bedroom flats. We regularly hold open days for the community and families to visit and weekly activities organised by our house team and volunteers to keep our residents entertained. Our dedicated, caring and professional team provide support for our residents when they need it and when making decisions about how they want to live their lives.
Our aim is to ensure all our staff feel valued and knowledgeable in their own role. Residents receive excellent support from our highly skilled team and family and friends appreciate everything that we do for their loved ones. In return our team is greatly supported by our friendly and approachable House Manager Mel.
At our home you can look forward to a role that offers flexibility and learning and development opportunities. If you would like to use your people skills in an organisation whose values are openness, honesty, respect and caring, then this is a rewarding place to be.
The Abbeyfield Society