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Assistant Chef




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

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time


£18,454.80 per annum



Job Advert Location Description

Kneesworth House offers purpose built services with medium secure, low secure, and both locked and open rehabilitation opportunities.

The wide range of care settings maximises the opportunity for patients to have step down pathways and move easily between care settings to whatever level of security is most appropriate for their care. In addition to ward-based living and activity areas there is patient engagement opportunity in varied occupational therapy facilities. Patients here report high levels of satisfaction. Four residential houses afford a clear step down pathway for patients.

Job Advert Role Description

Our Assistant Chef role involves:


  • Providing a good quality catering service to patients and staff, working as part of a team that is producing approximately 600 meals daily from a centralised kitchen whist maintaining a clean and hygienic environment.
  • Providing Salads, sandwiches, puddings and general food preparation when required.
  • Providing well balanced, nutritional, varied and well-presented meals.
  • 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.
  • Checking that food is well presented, of an appropriate/safe temperature and appropriately cooked prior to dispatch.
  • Maintaining accurate records of catering activities, particularly temperature records and quality monitoring.
  • Attending ward and department meetings when required.
  • Attending statutory and mandatory training.
  • Abiding by departmental protocols and company policies and procedures.
  • Serving and delivering food to the hospital community when required.


To be successful as Assistant Chef, you’ll need:


  • 706/1 & 2 or NVQ  equivalent (or equivalent experience)
  • To be able to work on your own initiative as well as in a team in a busy kitchen environment
  • To have had previous experience working in a similar kitchen environment.

About our benefits


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
  • Free meals while on duty
  • Carefirst – Employee Assistance Services
  • Continuous learning and development
  • Career development
  • Personal health insurance
  • 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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