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Cook (Grade 1) - Services to Older People

Applicants must be in sympathy with our Christian ethos and values, but are not required to share our faith.


Invereck House
PA23 8QS


From £15656.00 to £15656.00

Salary is pro rata of 38.5 hours per week.

Job Type

Part Time

Job Status


Hours per week

16.00 hours

Responsible To

Unit Manager

Main Function

To prepare and serve nutritionally balanced and attractively presented meals and snacks to reflect the individual needs and requests of the service user.  To ensure a high standard of hygiene and safety in the catering area and promote service user participation in the life of the home.

Main Duties

To plan the menus subject to agreement with the Senior Cook and Unit Manager, in order to provide varied and interesting meals and snacks for service users and staff.

To cater, where necessary, for any special diets, consulting with service users on their preferences and providing a choice of menu.

To incorporate and make the best use of fresh vegetables and fruit in the diet of service users.

To maintain a check and control of food stocks and be responsible for the ordering of stores stock.

To prepare, cook and serve meals, also to clear and wash up with the assistance of other staff, where appropriate.

To prepare “home baking” to reflect the service users wishes.

In agreement and consultation with the care staff, encourage therapeutic participation by service users in food preparation in line with Health and Safety guidelines.

To comply with Health and Safety requirements in the kitchen and other catering areas.

To ensure all aspects of current health and hygiene legislation are adhered to.

To be responsible to the Unit Manager for budgetary control.

To be involved in the life of the Unit and cater for special occasions such as parties and seasonal events.

To supervise and help train other catering staff in catering duties.

To participate in staff meetings and in training activities as and when required.

To undertake any other duties as may reasonably befall within the parameters of the post as requested by the Unit Manager or appropriate Team Leader.


Have respect for all aspects of Christian worship.

There is a requirement to participate in the organisations appraisal system.

This post requires you to either complete a Disclosure or be a member of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme and undertake the necessary vetting checks.

Skills and Abilities

Previous catering experience would be desirable.

The postholder must possess basic computer literacy skills including use of Microsoft Office and the internet for completing mandatory e-learning courses.


Desirable: City and Guilds or equivalent, with a desire for further training.

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