Position title
Kitchen Assistant
Description

Here at Osa Healthcare Recruitment we are committed to finding wonderful staff who share our values and are dedicated to providing professional, caring and high quality services. We want to find the right people the right role for them.  

Job Title: Kitchen Assistant 

Location: Oxford 

Length/Type of Post: Permanent 

Salary: £9.71 

Hours: 10 hours a day – rolling 2-week rota, 3 days one week, 4 the next with every other weekend. 

Bank also available. 

Our client is rated outstanding by CQC and has a lovely home set in the grounds of a large mature garden with plenty of outside space. Their priority is to deliver the best care possible, with a focus of the happiness of each and every resident.  

Job Overview 

To ensure the kitchen and other food preparation/serving areas in the home are maintained in a safe and clean manner 

To ensure food hygiene standards are maintained at all times 

To assist the chef in the preparation and serving of meals, washing up of equipment and cutlery and ensuring all health and safety regulations are adhered to. 

The Company operates a ‘one team’ approach, and all staff, regardless of role, as responsible for ensuring each individual resident receives high quality care and support, whilst promoting and ensuring each individual maintains their hobbies, skills and interests. 

All employees are bound by the Company rules, which are detailed in separate documents. 

  • To ensure all areas of the kitchen and food preparation/serving areas are cleaned to a high standard as per cleaning schedules 
  • To make light snacks and basic meals for residents as required such as breakfast, snacks and sandwiches, and assisting the chef in the preparation of main meals as required 
  • To ensure all dry, frozen and perishable good as stored correctly and in line with legislation.
  • To ensure the correct and safe storage of all cleaning materials
  • To help create a meaningful dining experience for every resident, catering to each individual’s needs, wishes and preferences as required 
  • To carry out general kitchen assistant duties including preparation of vegetables, making of snacks and light

meals, washing up duties, daily cleaning, stock rotation, regular deep cleans of the kitchen and ensuring all 

kitchen equipment is cleaned and maintained in good working order 

  • To ensure that residents are enabled and empowered to partake in activities of daily living, including

kitchen and food preparation, should they wish to 

  • To ensure records, paperwork and kitchen schedules are completed legibly, thoroughly and accurately
  • Create clear and effective lines of communication and working relationships within the Home and with

families 

  • Ensure that all residents are safe from harm and that any concerns that you suspect, or that have been

reported to you, regarding any form of potential abuse or harm, are reported immediately to the General 

Manager and/or Regional Manager, and instructions followed. 

  • To ensure all information relating to residents is treated sensitively and with confidentiality, adhering to the

principles of data protection at all times. 

  • To ensure handovers are read upon the commencement of the shift, and work to the allocations given to

you by your shift leader  

  • To answer the telephone and greet visitors coming into the home in a friendly and professional manner. · To act as a role model at all times to other staff in the home at all times 
  • To maintain an awareness of all routines within the Home and undertake general domestic duties as necessary. · Attend and participate in staff meetings as and when required. 
  • Create and maintain a high standard, both aesthetically and safe, within the Home. 
  • Assist in ensuring a consistent management approach by implementation and monitoring of all Company policies and procedures.
  • To travel to other sites within the Company if required. 
  • Undertake any other duties as may be required to assist in the smooth running of the business. 

To perform other functions related to the role of a Kitchen Assistant, or as may be reasonable requested by your Line Manager. This is a minimum requirement as a job specification and can be amended at the discretion of the Manager following appropriate consultation. 

Type of candidate we are looking for 

Essential 

  • A kind, caring and compassionate nature
  • Ability to use your initiative and think outside of the box 
  • A good sense of fun and sense of humour 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including IT skills. 
  • Exceptional attention to detail 
  • Excellent communication skills and able to adapt to different levels. 
  • Basic knowledge of food hygiene, preparation and health and safety 
  • A flexible approach to working hours. 

Desirable 

  • Previous experience working in a busy kitchen environment · A relevant catering qualification

What our client is offering the successful candidate 

  • Pay above the minimum wage. Our client has decided to take the lead within the care sector which is why they pay all staff above the living wage; not the minimum wage, not the living wage but above the living wage. The results of doing this are that they have a care team who know they are respected and valued, and they are able to attract the best people to work in their home. Everybody wins, but most of all our residents. 
  • Free training and personal development. The skills of their team are extremely important to them and the provision of care. They want their employees to grow, whichever role you are in – from cleaner to carer. 
  • Meals supplied. Care can be tiring work, and they want their team to be fully energised, so instead of bringing your own lunch in (which you are more than welcome to do!), why not enjoy a meal every day from your colleagues in the catering team? Just one less thing to worry about. 
  • A range of benefits and discounts  
  • Employee Assistants Programme 
  • Access to digital GP consultation  
  • Cycle to work scheme  
  • Our clients has also partnered with Nuffield Health to offer other healthy living advice, supporting you to have a healthy body and a healthy mind. Your being healthy benefits everyone… it’s something we’re really passionate about.   
  • Discounted access to Medical Cash-Plan in partnership with BHSF. You fund it yourself, but again if you sign up it is automatically taken from your payslip 

 

This job role will involve working around vulnerable people therefore your employer may be required to check whether you have a criminal record via the Disclosure and Barring Service (known as a DBS check). You will also be asked questions as part of our self disclosure section on the application form. We operate a fair recruitment process and do not discriminate. Any information you provide will be considered fairly and lawfully.  

Due to the nature of our work applicants must be aged 18 or over. 

We are committed to being an equal opportunities company as are all the companies we work with. 

All applicants will be considered fairly and free from prejudice or discrimination. 

We are very proud to say that we have signed the mental health at work commitment. We are passionate about mental health and we are dedicated to doing everything we can to promote mental well-being, support people who are struggling and break down the stigmas of mental health problems. We only work with companies who share our beliefs and care for their employees’ metal health and well-being. 

Job Location
Oxford
Date posted
December 7, 2021
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