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Catering Assistant

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Kneesworth House, Bassingbourn-cum-Kneesworth, Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 5JP

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Part Time




35 hours per week over a 2 week Rota, 11am to 6.30pm, including alternative weekends

Job Advert Location Description

Partnerships in Care are one of the UK’s leading providers of independent specialist secure and step-down care across the UK.  With hospitals around the country, 30 years of experience and highly experienced teams, we help patients and commissioners find the right care pathways, without the need for multiple reassessments.

Kneesworth House is a 155 bed mental health hospital situated in Hertfordshire (on the borders of Cambridgeshire) with good commuting access to / from London. The hospital has a full pathway of care including medium, low secure, locked rehabilitation and open recovery wards  situated across the site.

Job Advert Role Description

The role:

The Catering assistant role involves serving meals to patients, staff and visitors whilst maintaining a clean and hygienic environment in both the serveries and main kitchen, the role also involves recording food temperatures, cleaning activities and all other relevant paperwork in line with company policy. 

Duties include:

  • Providing a good quality catering service to patients and staff from a centralised kitchen which produces approximately 600 meals daily whist maintaining a clean and hygienic environment.
  • Serving well balanced, nutritional, varied and well-presented meals to patients and staff.
  • Ensuring all stock is used in strict rotation.
  • Maintaining the kitchen and ancillary areas to a high standard of hygiene.
  • Executing all work following safe working practices.
  • Working to a flexible rota, thereby ensuring that the needs of the service are met at all times.
  • Ensuring that patients and staff receive the meals that they have chosen from the pre-ordering system and that all ethnic, religious and dietary requirements are met.
  • Maintaining accurate records of catering activities, particularly temperature records and all required security checks
  • Attending ward and department meetings when required.
  • Attending statutory and mandatory training.
  • Abiding by departmental protocols and company policies and procedures.

To be successful as a Catering assistant, you’ll need:

  • To be able to work on your own initiative as well as in a team in a busy kitchen environment
  • Ideally to have had previous experience working in a similar kitchen environment although this is not essential as training will be given

In return for your expertise and hard work, we offer a wide range of benefits: 

  • 23.33 days annual leave plus bank holidays (at commencement of employment)
  • A Group Personal Pension Plan (GPPP)
  • Private Medical Insurance Scheme
  • Life Assurance
  • Free meals while on duty
  • Carefirst – Employee Assistance Services
  • Continuous learning and development
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Career development
  • Personal health insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits

We hold regular recruitment open days.  Please see the dates below for upcoming open days!

Wednesday 7th February-12pm-6pm
Saturday 24th February-10am-4pm
Wednesday 7th March-12pm-6pm
Saturday 24th March-10am-4pm
Wednesday 4th April-12pm-6pm
Saturday 21st April-10am-4pm

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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.

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