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Kitchen Assistant

JOB: Community Care Worker

Rathmena House, Ballyclare



Hourly Rate

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Your Benefits :

Free onsite parking

Free Uniform

Paid Induction & Training

*Please note we reserve the right to close this advertisement early. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible. 

Job Ref: 23MDRH07

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We are looking for a bank Kitchen Assistant to join our team at Rathmena House.   This role is working day shifts, 7:30am – 5:30 pm. 

Main Function of the Job

To provide a catering service for the whole Home and ensure the safe and efficient operation of the kitchen.

Duties & Responsibilities

The post holder is responsible for the cleanliness of the whole Home and will therefore:

  • Maintain high standards of efficiency and cleanliness expected within all areas of the kitchen.
  • Ensure that all areas of the kitchen are cleaned using an organised schedule of work as organised by the Cook / Assistant Cook.
  • Adhere to safe Handling of Food Regulations.
  • Assist the Cook /Assistant Cook in the preparation, cooking and serving of food to the Residents / Patients.
  • Ensure the Residents’/Patients’ confidentiality is maintained at all times.
  • Ensure the Residents’/Patients’ privacy, dignity and choice is respected,
  • Report all breakages to Cook / Assistant Cook and dispose of all breakages carefully and appropriately
  • Report all faulty equipment/repairs/replacements in the Maintenance book. Report all accidents, incidents and near misses to the Cook / Assistant or Nurse in charge.
  • Attend staff meetings as organised by the Home Manager.
  • Adhere to Safe Food Handling regulations.
  • For preparation and serving of food to patient under direction of Cook / Assistant Cook.
  • Attend all required staff training as organised by the Home Manager.

Health and Safety

  • Be aware of the Home’s Health and Safety Policy and ensure compliance with same.
  • Take appropriate precautions in relation to cross infection
  • Wear appropriate personal, protective equipment/clothing if required as per COSHH guidelines.
  • Ensure safety signs are displayed when necessary e.g. wet floor.
  • Maintain all equipment in good, clean, working order. If any faults occur in the equipment do not use and report to Cook / Assistant Cook.
  • Adhere to Home’s Fire Safety Policy at all times.
  • Adhere to Home’s Policy on COSHH.
  • Adhere to Home Policy on Moving and Handling
  • Any other duties deemed reasonable by the Cook in charge.

Essential Criteria:

  • Minimum of 6 months kitchen experience to include basic cooking, temperature control and stock ordering.
  • Experience of working independently and as part of a team
  • 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.
  • Basic Food Hygiene certificate.

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.

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If you think you’d like this role, please fill in the application form below to apply.

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer. We operate a no Smoking Policy.

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

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