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Patient Catering Assistant (Epsom)

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust
£11.95 an hour per hour (not Agenda for change)
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Contract Type
Part Time
The post holder will assist in the provision of a comprehensive and cost-effective catering service that meets the needs of all patients whilst fulfilling the objectives of the Trust. To provide a full range of high quality ward catering services including the regeneration and attractive presentation of a wide range of cook-freeze food items.

Duties will include the preparation, storage, packaging, distribution, regeneration and service of patient meals. Regularly handling frozen, chilled and cooked food items whilst standing for prolonged periods of time. Ensure all patient meals are accurate and served in a timely manner.

Main duties of the job

Patient Catering Assistant (Epsom) Role is based primarily at Epsom General Hospital

Role responsibilities:
  • Assist in the preparation, production, heating and reheating of food for patients, staff and visitors.
  • To produce items using basic cooking techniques e.g. porridge, breakfast items, soup, sandwich, salads.
  • To pick, pack, decant food items in required pack sizes.
  • To work in all areas of the catering department including freezers, fridges and cold rooms.
  • To load and unload food, beverage trolleys manoeuvring in a range of locations.
  • Perform tasks wearing the correct uniform and protective clothing at all times.
  • Maintaining food hygiene standards and records as required to comply with statutory obligations and HACCP.
  • To clean all areas of the catering department and equipment, and undertake in line with the Daily Weekly Cleaning Schedules (DWCS) recording and signing off the required records using paper or electronic equipment.
  • Wash up all items associated with the service using appropriate chemicals and equipment.
  • To remove all types of waste in line with the agreed policy.
  • Receipt and storage of supplies in a range of storage areas including working in freezers, fridges and cold rooms.

(Shift pattern will include evening and weekend working)

***Thisrole is NOT Agenda For Change***

*** This role is �11.95 per hour ***

About us

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust provides a range of medical services to approximately 490,000 people living across southwest London and northeast Surrey. In addition, we provide more specialist services, in particular renal and neonatal intensive care, to a wider area, covering parts of Sussex and Hampshire.

We serve an area that is rich in diversity, with a mix of urban and rural areas, and differing levels of quality of life. We cover some of the most prosperous postcodes in the country, as well as some poorer areas. Together with our colleagues at NHS Surreyand NHS Sutton and Merton, we work to make sure that we deliver the best possible care to the communities we serve.

The Trust employs approximately 5,000 staff across its hospitals and issupported by over 500 volunteers.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached supporting job description and person specification document which contains more information about the role and requirements. Please ensure your application refers to the job description and person specification.

This ward host role is mainly based at Epsom hospital and we expect our team members to work across trust wide which is Epsom and St Helier hospitals.

If you have a driving license and a car, it will be an advantage and also you can reach our hospitals via public transport.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Health & Safety Awareness


  • NVQ level 1& 2 or equivalent



  • Previous work in a customer facing role
  • Able to read, write and converse in English
  • Able to understand and following written and verbal instructions
  • Effective oral and written communication skills


  • Previous experience in a healthcare setting

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Employer details

Employer name

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust


Epsom University Hospital

Dorking Road, KT18 7EG


KT18 7EG

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