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Priory Hospital Middleton St George, Darlington, County Durham, DL2 1TS
Priory Group Division
Vacancy Type
Permanent - Full Time
8.46 per hour
Job Advert - Division Information

Providing quality, inspiring innovation and  delivering value is what we set out to achieve at Priory Healthcare. Enabling our patients with mental health difficulties to receive a truly integrated and holistic approach to their treatment, regardless of complexity or severity, thanks to the knowledge and expertise of our multidisciplinary clinical teams.

Job Advert Location Description

The Priory Hospital Middleton St George is located close to Darlington, County Durham and provides individualised treatment and care for people with mental health needs of adult working age and who present with complex and challenging behaviours, in a safe and supportive environment. Our comprehensive integrated services offer complete care pathways allowing service users to transfer effortlessly between the most appropriate care, meeting individual needs enabling recovery and re-engagement within the community and maximising life opportunities.

Our multi-disciplinary teams provide care for up to 73 male and female service users, working collaboratively with their commissioners, across our 5 wards and our nearby community house. We deliver acute and detoxification services, and a recovery and rehabilitation environment which includes a specialist female Personality Disorder service. Our focus is on the delivery of excellent care, empowering service users to progress towards the least restrictive setting and towards a less restrictive environment and to independent living. Our service users can be amongst the most vulnerable members of society and require

sensitive therapeutic interventions that encourage self-awareness, knowledge and empowerment. We offer services for those with a wide range of mental health issues which may include:

• Personality disorder with complex treatment and risk management needs, including factors such as co-morbid mental illness, self-harm or substance misuse

• Mental illness and complex needs

• Primary diagnosis of schizophrenia

• Forensic history, including violence or abuse

• Substance abuse history which requires an inpatient stay

Job Advert Role Description

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Chef to join our team.

 As a Chef you will:

•  Undertake the planning, preparation and cooking of meals, taking account of any special requests or dietry requirements within the units.

•  Undertake in the delivery of prepared foods to our units around site.

•  Supervise assigned catering staff ensuring their quality of work continues to meet required operational standard and company's Food Safety policies and guidelines.

•  Ensure the cost-effective and efficient control of stock including placing orders for food products and the checking/reconciliation of deliveries. Ensure that waste is minimised. 

•  Assist the Catering Manager by researching and creating new menus ensuring meals are of a high quality and compliment healthy eating guidelines.

•  Participate in meetings with service users to discuss menus, issues, preferances and dietry requirements.

•  Undertake any other duties as directed by the Catering Manager in the provision of high quality service.


•  Staff – Required to supervise the work of up to 5 catering staff.

•  Budgets & equipment – No budgetary or financial responsibility. Responsible for the appropriate use of catering stock and equipment.

•  Information – Shared responsibility for maintaining appropriate records and data as required under the company’s Food Safety policies and guidelines.

Knowlege & Skills:

•  NVQ2 or equivalent or Qualified by Experience in Catering together with a basic qualification in food hygiene.

•  Experience within a professional kitchen environment.

What we’d like to give you:

•  A competitive salary

•  Disclosure check cost coverage

•  Comprehensive induction and commitment to ongoing training

•  25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (pro rata for part time)

Birthday Holiday  - Your Birthday as an extra day’s annual leave

•  Free on-site parking

•  Access to our on-site gymnasium

•  Online benefits and cashback rewards

•  Cycle to work scheme

•  SMART Childcare Vouchers

•  SMART Pension option

•  Local rewards and recognition programme open to all colleagues

•  Excellent staff break facilities in our bespoke new staff lounge

Working hours will be 9am until 5pm or 8am until 4pm working one weekend in 3 with the chance of overtime to cover holidays and sickness

The successful candidate will be required to apply for a disclosure at the required level from the Disclosure & Barring Service. 

Visit our website to apply or call Daryn Clothier, Head Chef, on 01325 333192 to discuss this opportunity further.

Division DBS info

About us

From education to hospitals, care homes and secure facilities, the Priory Group of Companies offers individually tailored, multidisciplinary treatment programmes for those with complex educational needs or requiring acute, long-term and respite mental healthcare.

The integrated strength of each service provides a seamless transition for the individual as they progress between higher and lower dependency care and across services. This unique approach ensures that every individual has the opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes and quality of life with the Priory Group.

As 85% of our services are publicly funded and delivered in partnership with commissioners, our teams work with commissioning bodies across the country to provide transparent pricing models and evidence-based care programmes.


All roles will be subject to a successful disclosure at an appropriate level from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Access NI or Disclosure Scotland. We are an equal opportunities employer.

Closing Date

This vacancy has now expired, and is not accepting any new applications.

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