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Catering Assistant

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Kent House - Kent House hospital and school,Crockenhill Road,St Mary Cray,Orpington, Kent BR5 4EP

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time


£8.50 per hour



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Knowing that you’re making a difference to people’s lives is rewarding in itself. But our many roles offer much more than that. As well as helping you grow and develop your talent, we want you to feel proud of where you work and what you do.



Job Advert Location Description

Kent House is a 12-bedded Tier 4 low secure hospital for young people aged 12 – 18 years with mental health, behavioural or psychological difficulties, and an OFSTED-registered school which supports the young people with educational attainment.

The service is set in a rural environment with close links and transport to the local community and amenities.

We provide care for the young people admitted to Kent House Hospital in the least restrictive way and we adhere to the values and principles of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS). We are members of the Quality Network for Inpatient Camhs to measure and improve the quality of our care and treatment.

Job Advert Role Description

The role:

To provide quality catering services of the highest standard to young people and to maintain high standards of cleanliness and hygiene in line with EHO regulations.

Main Responsibilities: 

  • To assist in food preparation, following Chef’s instructions and guidance
  • To assist in the serving of meals for patients, staff and visitors
  • To prepare trays and sandwiches for meetings
  • To keep the dining room clean during your shift
  • To wash and dry kitchen plates/pots/utensils and ensure their appropriate storage
  • To clean the kitchen area to a high standard and to complete daily schedule charts
  • To undertake accurate records of food supplies, and freezer / fridge temperatures for each span of duty.
  • To undertake accurate records of food temperatures at delivery, storage, cooking and serving for each span of duty.
  • Assist with deliveries ensure stock rotation. Check deliveries, and notify the Chef or Site Service Manager of any inaccurate deliveries. Keeping all store rooms are clean and tidy.
  • Provide for special dietary requirements where necessary, and take into account the preferences of individual patients.
  • Take all possible precautions to safeguard the welfare and safety of staff young people and visitors.
  • Reports hazards, inadequacies and equipment requiring maintenance to the nurse in charge and reports maintenance problems through the Maintenance Manager’s requisitioning form.
  • Ensure that any incidents or accidents are reported and recorded in accordance with the hospitals guidelines.
  • Ensure that all confidential information about young people, personnel, suppliers etc., is used only in connection with their duties as authorized and ensures that such information is kept secure and out of reach of unauthorized persons.
  • To perform Environmental Risk Assessments of the kitchen, as required for safe standards of work and report and record any hazards and follow up action taken.
  • Manage competing priorities and demands that arise from the unpredictable nature of the environment and patient needs.
  • To undertake accurate records of food supplies, and freezer / fridge temperatures for each span of duty.
  • To undertake accurate records of food temperatures at delivery, storage, cooking and serving for each span of duty.

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

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (at commencement of employment)
  • A Group Personal Pension Plan (GPPP)
  • Private Medical Insurance Scheme
  • Life Assurance
  • Carefirst – Employee Assistance Services
  • Continuous learning and development
  • Career development
  • Personal health insurance
  • An employee assistance programme
  • Voluntary Benefits

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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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