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Head Cook

What Abbeyfield Offer You

At Abbeyfield, we are committed to rewarding our staff for their hard work. Our benefits include:

  • Competitive pay
  • 31 days paid leave, including bank/public holidays
  • Comprehensive induction
  • Life Assurance
  • Pay progression within role
  • Learning and career development opportunities
  • Occupational sick pay
  • Company pension
  • Discounted gym membership
  • An employee assistance programme
  • Cycle-to-work scheme
  • Shop and save vouchers

Abbeyfield People

You’ll have a relevant Certificate in Food Hygiene, and a track record of demonstrable experience of cooking varied, healthy and safe meals to large groups on a regular basis.   Able to lead and support the kitchen staff team, you'll also train and develop the to get the best out of each individual.  You’ll also be able to manage resources, planning rotas in advance to ensure continuity of the catering service.

You’ll also be methodical and highly organised; your kitchen and equipment will be kept clean and tidy, with an effective method of stock rotation.

We are committed to providing the highest standards of care, and we believe that great care starts with great people. Are you a caring, compassionate and welcoming person, who understands the needs of older people and is respectful at all times? Are you comfortable communicating and collaborating with a wide range of people in varied situations as well as a strong and confident team player?

And because we take the wellbeing of our residents and staff very seriously, you won't be surprised that to work for us, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (other than in exceptional circumstances), and intend to have any further booster vaccinations that are made available.

About Abbeyfield

For over 60 years, Abbeyfield has been a charity that provides housing for elderly people across the UK and internationally. It is our mission to enhance the quality of life for our residents through excellent accommodation in a stimulating environment to help maintain a socially active life.

Abbeyfield is more than a home; it’s a neighbourhood, a community, a family. Our core behaviours are to be welcoming to everyone, celebrate the positives, work collaboratively, take responsibility, and be adaptable to changing circumstances.

Best of all, we’re a charity, meaning that the interests of our valued staff and residents sit at the heart of what we do, not shareholders.

Your role at Abbeyfield

Your mission is to manage the provision of 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.

You’ll also obtain feedback on meal preferences, and seek to constantly improve levels of satisfaction.  Ensuring compliance with relevant food hygiene and health and safety requirements is key.  You’ll also manage purchasing and stock levels within the budget allocated.

You'll develop, in consultation with residents, healthy balanced menus, with choices which reflect their needs and preferences.  You’ll plan, prepare and cook residents’ meals from the agreed menu, taking into account personal preferences or recognised dietary requirements.  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 oversee safe and proper use of catering equipment, and report any defects to management.  You’ll champion kitchen cleaning procedures and schedules and ensure your kitchen and store areas are clean and hygienic at all times.  You will also oversee the completion of all relevant records in relation to food safety.

A Great Place to Work

Situated in the rural village of Gosforth in the Lake District, Bradbury House is a modern, purpose built care home consisting of 21 private rooms with ensuite shower facilities.  Our home is near to all local amenities of village life and has strong connections with the local community including the next door local nursery and primary school.

Facilities at our home include a large dining room, with a communal lounge and small sitting room where our residents can spend time with their loved ones and friends overlooking beautiful, landscaped south-facing gardens. 

An extensive range of activities and entertainment such as exercise classes, pub outings and games afternoons are delivered by our well-managed and experienced team in a supported, yet sensitive manner. Good relationships exist between our kind and caring team and our residents which result in a warm, friendly and companionable environment at our home.

Our long standing team set themselves high standards to meet the needs of all of our residents. We value every member of our team since we genuinely feel that they all contribute to making a real difference to the daily lives of our residents. In return we offer a great place to work, as well as competitive pay, pension and ongoing training.

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