Head Chef

Pilgrims Hospices in East Kent

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Job summary

Do you have experience of managing a professional kitchen?

Do you want to develop your catering and management skills in a healthcare environment? 

Do you have a passion for working collaboratively in an environment of thriving on positive change and making a difference to those with palliative and end of life care needs?

Do you want to experience a sense of achievement by knowing that every day you contribute to the provision of person-centred care?

If so, then the role of Head Chef at Pilgrims may be just the job for you!

We are seeking well-motivated and forward-thinking professionals to join our team, in supporting the development and growth of our hospices across east Kent.

Main duties of the job

As a member of the Hospice Services team, the successful candidate will be involved in corporate day-to-day activities supporting the quality, growth and success of a much valued charity.

Key duties include:

  • Being responsible for the effective day-to-day running of catering services at the Canterbury hospice and any other catering venues attached to the site
  • Being responsible for the preparation of duty rotas for all staff and volunteers in the department, ensuring adequate cover is provided at all times and is within budget
  • Being responsible for the line management and supervision of the work of all catering staff at Canterbury hospice site
  • Providing nourishing and well prepared meals 
  • Ensuring high standard of cleanliness and hygiene in the kitchen and catering areas
  • Overseeing the provision of catering and refreshments for hospice events

About us

As an award-winning employer, Pilgrims provides end of life care services to patients and their families across east Kent.

Our commitment is to provide open, compassionate care and expertise for patients and their families – both in the community and in-patient units.

Our Vision

“Of a community where people with a terminal illness, and their family and friends, are supported and empowered to live well in mind and body until the very last moment of their life”.

Other Benefits

As an Employer of Choice, our commitment to supporting our employees and volunteers is a key priority.

Our hospices offer:

  • Modern, friendly and highly professional working environments
  • Opportunities for professional development through a range of extensive learning
  • Alignment with NHS pay rates and continuity in membership of the NHS pension scheme
  • A sense of achievement in supporting a worthwhile cause
  • A sense of wellbeing
  • A good work-life balance
  • Locations across well-populated areas of east Kent – all providing very good road and rail links
  • NHS and financial discounts i.e. Blue Light Card

This advert will be closed once sufficient applications have been received. This can happen quickly, so if you’re interested, please apply as soon as possible.

Date posted

08 February 2022

Pay scheme

Other

Salary

£22,837 a year

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

B0497-22-7848

Job locations

56 London Road

Canterbury

Kent

CT2 8JA


Job description

Job responsibilities

1. Job Purpose

The post holder is responsible for the efficient running of catering services at the designated hospice site and any other catering venues attached to the site, primarily for the benefit of hospice patients but also its staff and volunteers. These services are responsible for providing nourishing and well prepared meals and for ensuring a high standard of cleanliness and hygiene.

2. Duties and key responsibilities

Management

  • Responsible for the day-to-day running of the catering services
  • Responsible for the preparation of duty rotas for all staff and volunteers in the department, ensuring adequate cover is provided at all times and is within budget
  • Responsible for the line management and supervision of the work of all catering staff at the designated hospice site
  • Responsible for annual appraisals for all the Cooks and Catering Assistants at the designated site
  • Responsible for authorising annual leave and for monitoring and managing sickness absence in line with HR policy, including conducting Return to Work interviews.
  • Ensuring the kitchen and all catering areas, dining room and other areas a high degree of hygiene is maintained in line with the relevant corporate policies and Environmental Health requirements.
  • The post holder will have a ‘hands on’ approach, ensuring that varied menus are prepared, as well as the preparation of specific meals to meet the needs of individual patients whenever necessary
  • The ordering and preparation of food and refreshments for functions, courses and meetings as required
  • Oversee the provision of catering and refreshments for hospice events.

Administration

  • Ordering of provisions from authorised suppliers
  • Monitoring and ensuring compliance with relevant budgets
  • Accounting for, and the stock control of, all provisions and supplies received and ensuring all invoices are accurate
  • Rotation of stock to ensure it is used within its shelf life
  • Checking of timesheets prior to passing them to the Human Resources Department.
  • Undertaking training and development necessary for the post

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Corporate Governance – The post holder must, at all times, act honestly and openly and comply with relevant corporate governance requirements, employment legislation and standards of business conduct. Post holders are expected to be familiar with and comply with all polices and procedures published by Pilgrims Hospices in East Kent.

Health and Safety – Under the Health & Safety at Work Act (1974), it is the responsibility of the post holder at every level to take care of his/her own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by his/her acts at work.

Flexibility – The post holder is expected to work flexibly to be able to meet the challenges and opportunities of working within Pilgrims Hospices in East Kent.

Job description

Job responsibilities

1. Job Purpose

The post holder is responsible for the efficient running of catering services at the designated hospice site and any other catering venues attached to the site, primarily for the benefit of hospice patients but also its staff and volunteers. These services are responsible for providing nourishing and well prepared meals and for ensuring a high standard of cleanliness and hygiene.

2. Duties and key responsibilities

Management

  • Responsible for the day-to-day running of the catering services
  • Responsible for the preparation of duty rotas for all staff and volunteers in the department, ensuring adequate cover is provided at all times and is within budget
  • Responsible for the line management and supervision of the work of all catering staff at the designated hospice site
  • Responsible for annual appraisals for all the Cooks and Catering Assistants at the designated site
  • Responsible for authorising annual leave and for monitoring and managing sickness absence in line with HR policy, including conducting Return to Work interviews.
  • Ensuring the kitchen and all catering areas, dining room and other areas a high degree of hygiene is maintained in line with the relevant corporate policies and Environmental Health requirements.
  • The post holder will have a ‘hands on’ approach, ensuring that varied menus are prepared, as well as the preparation of specific meals to meet the needs of individual patients whenever necessary
  • The ordering and preparation of food and refreshments for functions, courses and meetings as required
  • Oversee the provision of catering and refreshments for hospice events.

Administration

  • Ordering of provisions from authorised suppliers
  • Monitoring and ensuring compliance with relevant budgets
  • Accounting for, and the stock control of, all provisions and supplies received and ensuring all invoices are accurate
  • Rotation of stock to ensure it is used within its shelf life
  • Checking of timesheets prior to passing them to the Human Resources Department.
  • Undertaking training and development necessary for the post

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Corporate Governance – The post holder must, at all times, act honestly and openly and comply with relevant corporate governance requirements, employment legislation and standards of business conduct. Post holders are expected to be familiar with and comply with all polices and procedures published by Pilgrims Hospices in East Kent.

Health and Safety – Under the Health & Safety at Work Act (1974), it is the responsibility of the post holder at every level to take care of his/her own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by his/her acts at work.

Flexibility – The post holder is expected to work flexibly to be able to meet the challenges and opportunities of working within Pilgrims Hospices in East Kent.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • City & Guilds 706/1 & 2 or NVQ level 1& 2 equivalent
  • Basic Food Hygiene and Safety certificate

Experience

Essential

  • Experience of managing a professional kitchen

Desirable

  • Experience of working in a healthcare setting

Other requirements

Desirable

  • Awareness of catering requirements within a hospice environment

Other Skills

Essential

  • Ability to manage a team of cooks and catering assistants
  • Awareness of catering requirements within a hospice environment
  • Ability to organise and prepare well balanced and nourishing meals
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to take responsibility.
  • The ability to work flexibility, ensuring all shifts are covered.
Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • City & Guilds 706/1 & 2 or NVQ level 1& 2 equivalent
  • Basic Food Hygiene and Safety certificate

Experience

Essential

  • Experience of managing a professional kitchen

Desirable

  • Experience of working in a healthcare setting

Other requirements

Desirable

  • Awareness of catering requirements within a hospice environment

Other Skills

Essential

  • Ability to manage a team of cooks and catering assistants
  • Awareness of catering requirements within a hospice environment
  • Ability to organise and prepare well balanced and nourishing meals
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to take responsibility.
  • The ability to work flexibility, ensuring all shifts are covered.

Employer details

Employer name

Pilgrims Hospices in East Kent

Address

56 London Road

Canterbury

Kent

CT2 8JA


Employer's website

https://www.pilgrimshospices.org/jobs (Opens in a new tab)

Employer details

Employer name

Pilgrims Hospices in East Kent

Address

56 London Road

Canterbury

Kent

CT2 8JA


Employer's website

https://www.pilgrimshospices.org/jobs (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Date posted

08 February 2022

Pay scheme

Other

Salary

£22,837 a year

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

B0497-22-7848

Job locations

56 London Road

Canterbury

Kent

CT2 8JA


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