Job details

Reference number - 1585-1975

Location - Portsmouth, Hampshire

Salary - £17,403 - £18,413 pro rata plus 7.5% shift allowance 

Job type/hours - Permanent An average of 24 hours per week. Hours will be worked over 2 week rota which may include weekends and bank holidays.

Closing date - midnight 29th of April 2018

Applications received after this may not be considered

Why work at Shearwater

Are you interested in people with dementia and want to help them to get the most out of life? Then we are looking for people like you who have the enthusiasm and passion to join our team.  We are like a big family who become very involved with our clients lives, its hard work and mentally & physically strenuous but rewarding for the right person with the right skills.  We provide person centred care to our clients and help to encourage independence as part of enabling them to make choices and live their own lives as much as they can and we encourage activity based care. We will support you and train you, we are very proud of our comprehensive training programme.

Finally a little bit of information about the building itself - it is a purpose built 60 bed residential home which opened in August 2009 for adults with dementia.  Its accommodation is over 3 floors 2 floors of small units of ten, 1 floor of 20, each bedroom has its own ensuite bathroom.  We have 90 – 100 staff working across the 3 floors in small teams.

What is the role?

  • Managing a set budget and producing nutritionally based meals, including special dietary requirements.
  • Planning and producing a varied and exciting menu to meet the requirements of residents.
  • Ordering stock for the kitchen and dealing with various suppliers.
  • Checking the delivery of supplies and arranging appropriate storage.
  • Preparing food on a daily business with the help of a kitchen assistant.
  • Being responsible for the overall health and safety in the kitchen.
  • Ensuring that all kitchens records are kept up to date, including details of menus, budgets and health and safety checks.
  • Organising catering for special events.

Who is the person?

You need to have:

  • An advanced qualification in catering, for example, City and Guilds 701/702 and a basic food hygiene certificate (or working towards a suitable qualification)
  • Experience of ordering stock.
  • The ability to budget and cook for a large number of people.
  • The ability to manage a budget.
  • A good knowledge of food and nutrition, including a good range of special dietary requirements and be able to plan menus to reflect this.
  • Proven cookery skills, with a good knowledge of planning nutritionally well-balanced meals.
  • Flexibility in being able to adapt to changing workloads of the team and the requirements of the unit.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills.
  • The ability and to organise and lead kitchen staff.
  • An understanding of the policy regarding safeguarding vulnerable people.
  • Portsmouth Local Authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

    DBS Disclosure at Enhanced level will be required prior to any offer of employment and this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

How to apply

There are 3 ways to apply: