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Flexible Catering Assistant

Level 2

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Catering Assistant
Level 2
  • Flexible working
  • Other
As & When (Flexible)
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Samuel Johnson Hospital & Sir Robert Peel Community Hospital
£20,374.87 WTE pro rated
Salary period
31/08/2023 23:59

As a trusted organisation at the heart of our communities, we recognise the important role we can play in supporting the public, patients, our own people and local partners in achieving the best of health for the local population and the communities in which they live by providing Exceptional Care Together.

Our fundamental Values of Compassion, Openness and Excellence underpin how we intend to work as a Trust and the associated behaviours are becoming embedded in all aspects of how we work.

With over 13,000 members of staff you can expect huge variety and new opportunities every day! Our staff go above and beyond and take pride in caring for our patients.

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust is fully committed to promoting inclusion, equality, diversity and human rights in employment and delivery of its services.  The Trust is committed to providing an environment where all employees, patients, carers and visitors experience equality of opportunity by means of understanding and appreciating the value of diversity.

As a Trust we promote an inclusive environment and welcome applications from a diverse pool of talent and backgrounds.  All individuals are valued and given every opportunity to succeed based on merit.

The Trust actively encourages applications from members of our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. These groups are under-represented in our organisation, and it’s important to us that our workforce reflects the diversity of our communities as much as possible.

The Trust is a Disability Confident Employer and committed to both employing and retaining people with disabilities.

Join us and help make a real difference to our Trust.

Here’s more about the role and what we’re looking for; 

Job overview


-Samuel Johnson Community Hospital

-Sir Robert Peel Community Hospital


Working Times: As & When

Shift Pattern: Zero hours per week - As and When Required Working Arrangements

The Flexible Staffing Services aims to match suitably skilled workers with the flexible staffing requirements of University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

The Trust Catering department have posts available providing meal services to patients and/or in the retail units on site. The Catering department provide an essential service within the hospital that contributes to the wellbeing of patients. This is an opportunity to be a part of this service. The flexible catering assistant would support the catering functions at ward level and as part of the wider Catering teams. Undertake a variety of tasks associated with food preparation and food service to our inpatients in line with legislation. Ensuring at all times that a high quality standard is achieved at ward level.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for reliable and hardworking team member to join our busy catering department providing catering services to patients, staff and visitors. You will primary be working in the main patient catering area for filling a vital job role in providing nutritious food to aid the recovery of our patients.

Ideally possess basic numeracy & literacy. Have a good understanding of customer care and be able to communicate well with patients, staff and visitors. Catering experience and a Food Safety Certificate are desirable but not essential, skills and technical training will be given.

We will offer you opportunities to learn additional catering skills, career development, a good pension scheme, and other benefits. We would like to welcome you to the catering department and join us in these challenging times. Morning, afternoon and evening shifts available, from 7:30am until 7:30pm

Working for our organisation

Our fundamental Values of Compassion, Openness and Excellence underpin how we intend to work as a Trust and the associated behaviours are becoming embedded in all aspects of how we work.

In return we will offer:

  • Development opportunities, including both professional and leadership development
  • On-going support through every step of the way from recruitment to when you join our team and beyond.
  • A variety of other staff benefits including employee assistance programme, discounted gym membership, onsite fitness classes, car schemes

Key Facts about our Trust:

  • Our hospitals see more than 4,000 outpatients daily
  • We see more Trauma & Orthopaedic outpatients than any other Trust – over 3,300 per week
  • An average 860 patients are seen in A&E every day – 6th largest in the country
  • Our hospitals admit more than 220 emergency patients daily.
  • We carry out more planned surgical operations than any other Trust in England with almost 50,000 operations taking place in our 52 operating theatres
  • We are one of only 5 Trusts nationally with more than 50 operating theatres
  • We carry out more than 300 elective procedures each working day

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

    • To work as part of Facilities & ward teams to carry out a variety of tasks associated with food preparation, food and beverage service to patients, visitors and staff.
    • To adhere to food hygiene regulation & standards.
    • To advise the general public and staff on food allergen advice.


    Please note: There is no guarantee of work being offered to you should you be successfully appointed. You are also under no obligation to accept work offered to you. Working Arrangements with further details will be issued to you for review and agreement prior to commencement.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Basic Numeracy & Literacy
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of COSHH
  • Knowledge of food allergens


Desirable criteria
  • Food Safety Level 2 or the ability to undetake training


Desirable criteria
  • Experiance of working in the food industry

Employer certification / accreditation badges

No smoking policyMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Disability confident employerArmed Forces CovenantStep into healthArmed Forces Covenant Gold Award

Applicant requirements

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Tina Wass
Job title
Senior Catering Supervisor
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