Cook Bank Casual
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 31 days paid leave in a full calendar year, inclusive of bank/public holidays. (pro rata)
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 a quiet residential area of Tunbridge Wells and surrounded by beautiful countryside, Hale Court’s high quality Independent Living retirement apartments offer a home from home providing comfort, space and privacy, with staff on duty 24 hours a day to deal with emergencies.
Situated less than a mile away from the town centre, Hale Court has great transport links with the train station 1.5 miles away and a bus service travelling to Tonbridge, Maidstone and London with a selection of supermarkets close by.
We have 17 one bedroom flats and 2 two-bedroom apartments, all of which have private entrances, a fully fitted kitchen with generous storage and a wet room. These apartments can accommodate couples.
Hale Court offers a communal lounge, dining room and beautifully landscaped gardens where our residents and their families can meet up together. The dining room has a small kitchen where residents are welcome to make drinks at any time.
We can offer a tailored package of care if required and provide extra help such as shopping or as a companion on trips out. Our residents receive excellent standards of care from our friendly and kind team. Our staff genuinely care about the well-being of our residents which is at the heart of everything we do.
In return for their dedication and commitment to their role, we support every individual’s career with tailored training opportunities and offer flexibility in roles with shift patterns to offer a better work-life balance. Every day is different. If being part of a closely knit team who pull together to ensure that residents always get the very best care, then we would love to hear from you.
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