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Assistant Cook

JOB: Community Care Worker

Rathmena House, Ballyclare



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Your Benefits :

Excellent Pay - £12.73ph

Enhanced Bank Holiday Rate

Access to Employee Mental Health Support Line

Paid training and induction

Free on-site parking

Free Uniform

Company Pension

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We are looking for an experienced Assistant Cook to join our team at Rathmena House, Ballyclare.  This is a bank role with the candidate required to work days shifts, 9am – 5pm. 

The successful candidate will ensure the provision of an efficient catering operation and is responsible for services provided by all catering staff and all the catering equipment. 


  • Assist in preparing and cooking meals for nursing home residents according to established recipes and dietary requirements.
  • Work in coordination with the head cook or dietary manager to ensure meals are prepared and served on time.
  • Maintain high standards of food quality, taste, and presentation to meet residents’ dietary needs and preferences.
  • Monitor food stock and inform the dietary manager of any ingredient shortages or quality issues.
  • Ensure that all kitchen equipment is clean, in good working order, and report any malfunctions.
  • Follow food safety and sanitation guidelines and regulations to maintain a clean and safe kitchen environment.
  • Assist in menu planning, special diets, and portion control as directed.
  • Collaborate with kitchen staff and dining services team to meet residents’ dining requirements.
  • Assist with food service and the delivery of meals to residents when necessary.
  • Participate in maintaining inventory and food cost control as needed.

This job description provides a general overview, and specific duties and responsibilities may vary based on the nursing home’s dietary policies, resident needs, and operational requirements. It is not intended as a complete list and may be subject to review periodically.

Essential Criteria

  • Previous experience as a cook or kitchen assistant, preferably in a healthcare or nursing home setting.
  • Knowledge of various cooking methods, kitchen equipment, and adherence to food safety and sanitation standards.
  • A good knowledge of food hygiene and health and safety regulations.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Kitchen experience working within a hospital or Nursing Home environment.
  • Possess a recognised qualification in catering, i.e. NVQ 1 & 2 or equivalent.
  • Ability to follow dietary guidelines, recipes, and portion control requirements.
  • Strong communication and teamwork skills.

About Rathmena House

Situated in the leafy suburbs of the market town of Ballyclare in East Antrim, the home is surrounded by attractive gardens and patio areas.  The home is registered to offer nursing care and a small number of beds for residential care for up to 29 residents.

What our residents say about living at Rathmena House: 

  • “I’m spoilt.”
  • “The staff are brilliant.”
  • “I love it here.”

Please note: Applicants within the last 6 months need not reapply. 

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer.

The company operate a no smoking policy.

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If you think this role would be for you, please fill in the application form below. 

We are delighted you want to be part of our team!

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