Skills, Knowledge & Qualifications

Required
-Genuine interest in working within a caring environment
-Ability to communicate appropriately, effectively and sensitively with staff, Clients and relatives
-Ability to work under instruction and within a team
-Hold a current Food and Hygiene certificate
-Satisfactory police check and check against ISA list (where applicable)

Main Responsibilities
-Prepare and produce food, to the required standards, for consumption by clients ensuring consideration for dietary requirements
-Work according to set policies and procedures for the storage of food items, ensuring that they are of the required specification and quality
-Record all cooking and chilling temperatures to set standards and report any issues to Kitchen Manager
-Ensure that the proportioning of food is to the agreed specifications at all times
-Ensure that the kitchen is cleaned to the required standards at all times, particular attention to the end of a shift
-Ensure that all food is used within the prescribed periods, with particular attention to perishable goods
-Demonstrate active involvement of the preparation and serving of all meals and snacks within the home
-Respond to clients comments and requests in respect of the menu
-Ensure correct disposal of waste products in line with Company policies and procedures

Health and Safety
-Adhere to food safety standards at all times
-Conform with any relevant legislation, codes of practice appertaining to Health and Safety legislation and kitchen routines
-Ensure that you follow safe systems of work and promote safe working practice within the home
-Report immediately to the Registered Manager, or senior person in charge, any illness of an infectious nature or accident incurred by a client, colleague, self or another
-Understand, and ensure implementation of, Eastleigh Care Homes Health and Safety policy, Emergency and Fire procedures
-Report to the Registered Manager, or the senior person in charge, any faulty appliances, damaged furniture, equipment or potential hazard

Training and Development
-Maintain professional knowledge and competence
-Attend mandatory training days/courses, on or off site, as and when required
-Undertake training identified at appraisal

General
-Promote and ensure the good reputation of Eastleigh Care Homes
-Ensure that all information of a confidential nature gained in the course of duty is not divulged to third parties
-Ensure that the security of Eastleigh Care Homes is maintained at all times
-Ensure that all equipment is clean and well maintained
-Notify the Registered Manager, or senior person in charge, as soon as possible of your inability to report for duty, and also on your return from all periods of absence
-Wear uniform as agreed with Eastleigh Care Homes
-Refer to the Registered Manager, or senior person in charge, any situation which is not within your current responsibility
-Adhere to all Company policies / procedures within the defined timescales

The post holder must devote their whole time and attention to such duties.

This job description is designed to identify the principle responsibilities of the post only, and is subject to review in the light of the changing needs of the business. It is not intended as an exhaustive list. The post holder is required to be flexible in developing the role of Kitchen Assistant to respond to new and changing demands.