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Ref: KA/01/2017

Kitchen Assistant

  • Coleraine Area
  • Not disclosed
  • Permanent full-time
  • Updated 17/01/2017
  • Geraldine Doherty
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To assist with preparation and delivery of wholesome and nutritious meals to all residents.


Job Title: Kitchen Assistant

Reporting: Cook / Head Cook

Full Time

Salary: £7.20 per hour – Increased when deputising for the Head Cook

Basic Function:  To assist with preparation and delivery of wholesome and nutritious meals to all residents.

Essential Criteria:

  • Must have a good command of written and spoken English and a valid work permit
  • Ability to communicate with the elderly 
  • Ability to work set hours, flexible to meet the needs of the organization
  • Good General Health (medically fit)

Desirable Criteria:

  • Previous experience in a similar position
  • Moving and handling of heavy weights
  • Experience of ironing and sewing
  • Food Hygiene & COSHH training


  • Commitment to The Macklin Care Homes Mission, Vision and Core Values
  • Core Values - Treat People Really Well, Continuous Development, Trust and Dedication.
  • Priorities - Our Teams, Our Residents, Our Community, Our Future
  • Ability to deliver a high standard of patient care
  • Exceptional organisational skills
  • Ability to communicate and listen, ability to work co-operatively with other staff
  • Ability to work under pressure and use own initiative
  • High standard of personal presentation
  • Attention to detail

Job Description 

Basic Function:

To assist with preparation and delivery of wholesome and nutritious meals to all residents.

Professional responsibilities

  • Assisting Cook with preparation and serving meals:

1.Ensuring all crockery, utensils and cooking equipment are washed and ready for use of each meal.

2.Preparation of tables in dining room and trolleys for carrying food each meal time.

  • Ensure food is appropriately managed with regard to checking on arrival for quantity, quality and use by date. Liaise with Cook if any problems.
  • Ensure food is stored appropriately and stock rotation carried out. Inform Cook of any problems.
  • Ensure appropriate waste disposal of used foods and bags/bins emptied daily.
  • Maintain high standard of hygiene in kitchen and store with records of cleaning maintained.
  • Ensure meals served as attractively as possible in presentation. Liaise with Cook to assist with serving.
  • Liaise with Nursing Staff to ensure prompt serving of meals.
  • Co-operate with all kitchen staff to ensure rota is adequately covered.
  • Continues the Company’s policy of being polite and courteous to all suppliers, doctors, pharmacists, external medical staff, patient’s relatives and friends, religious practitioners and the Northern Health Board Nursing Home Inspection Unit Team.
  • Continually updates oneself on current procedures through the use of literature available in the Home and attends internal and external courses when requested by the Cook/Head Cook.
  • Adheres to all COSHH regulations and is compliant with the Company’s Health and Safety, infection control Hygiene and Fire Prevention Procedures.
  • Adheres to the fire and accident prevention policy of the Home.
  • Takes responsibility for the protection of vulnerable adults and reports to management where they consider a person has caused harm or posed risk of harm to any patient.
  • Observes confidentiality at all times.
  • In the absence of the Cook, responsible for the preparation, cooking and serving of meals for residents.

Administrative responsibilities

  • Ensures the economic use of all supplies and equipment. Maintaining all these resources in a satisfactory condition and reporting any faults/breakages.
  • Completes and maintains relevant paperwork. 
  • Reports all accidents, complaints and defects in equipment to the Cook/Head Cook.
  • Ensures the safe keeping of patient’s belongings and valuables in accordance with the Home policy.
  • Does not accept gifts from patients or witness a patient’s will.

Personnel responsibilities

  • Notify Cook/Head Cook of any illness or skin condition which may affect your work.
  • Is fully conversant and compliant with fire prevention and evacuation procedures.
  • Is fully conversant and compliant with the Company’s Equal Opportunities Policy.
  • Is fully conversant and compliant with all Company’s personnel/HR policies.

This job description will be subject to review in the light of changing circumstances and may include any other duties and responsibilities as may be determined in consultation with the jobholder.  It is not intended to be rigid and inflexible, but should be regarded as providing guidelines within which the individual works.

Closing Date: Monday 23rd January 2017

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