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Band 3

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Band 3
Part time - 15 hours per week (Involves some weekend working on a rostered basis)
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Croydon University Hospital
£25,838 - £27,285 p.a. Pro Rata incl. HCAS (Outer)
Salary period
04/10/2022 23:59
Interview date

As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination uptake as this remains the best line of defence against COVID19.


Job overview

Chef is responsible for elements of cooking and cleaning within the kitchen and Pot wash area, To maintain high standards of food quality and presentation, special patient diets, general cleanliness and hygiene within
kitchen, diet bay & pot wash areas.

He/she would be expected to play an active part service delivery of all aspects of kitchen catering services for both retail units by supporting and assisting the Kitchen Supervisor as directed, as well as within Patient
Services and dietetics to enhance the Customer & Patient Mealtime experience.

Main duties of the job

Part-Time Chef (Band 3)

We are recruiting for a Part-time Chef, 2 days per week to join our busy Retail Team in the Oasis Restaurant to provide the following:

  • Ensuring food delivered and received meet with the Department’s policy on standards and quality, by undertaking physical checks and temperature probing of all appropriate foodstuffs.
  • Check meals for quality, texture, taste and appearance, notifying and correcting problems as appropriate.
  • Must be capable of taking key decisions in the absence of the Retail Supervisor, in line with dept. procedures.
  • Check fridges/freezers and stores area daily and utilise short life items promptly and in accordance with dept policy.
  • To follow recipes accurately, so as to ensure correct number of portions produced.
  • To ensure that issues coincide with requisitions, reporting any shortfalls to line manager.
  • To ensure sufficient provisions are ordered to meet the needs of the menu.
  • Deal with all ward / customer liaisons in an effective and courteous manner at all times, whether over the telephone or on a one to one basis.
  • Ensure that all cooking is to the highest of standards.

Proposed date of Interview: 11th October 2022

Working for our organisation

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust provide hospital and community services from a number of community and specialist clinics throughout Croydon. 

These include:

• Croydon University Hospital

• Purley Hospital

• The Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Centre in Thornton Heath

• Community bases at Purley, Sanderstead, New Addington, Broad Green, Woodside

• A minor injuries unit in New Addington


The Trust was formed on 1st August 2010 through the integration of Croydon Community Health Services and Mayday Healthcare NHS Trust. Around 3,500 staff provide services for a population of over 360,000 people who are relatively young with a high level of ethnic diversity.


Our Vision:


“Excellent integrated care for you and your family, when and where you need it”


Our 5 key ‘Here for you’ promises to the people of Croydon are:


• You feel cared for by helpful and welcoming staff

• You feel in safe hands with highly professional staff

• You feel confident in your treatment from skilled teams of compassionate clinicians

• You feel we value your time with convenient appointments, minimal waiting and care closer to home

• You feel it’s getting better all the time as we continue to improve our services 

We are one of 17 Trusts in the country who have been accepted as national pioneers on staff engagement and empowerment, through the adoption of "Listening into Action" as a new way of working. The approach we are taking to “Listening into Action” is new and different.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

***Please see the attached supporting document which contains more information about the role in job description and person specification***

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Previous experience as a Chef
  • Formal Catering qualifications or Comparable experience
  • Formal Food Safety training to Level 2
Desirable criteria
  • Formal Food Safety training to Level 3
  • Previous experience of Catering in a healthcare setting.
  • Previous junior supervisory experience.

Food Safety

Essential criteria
  • Kitchen mgmt and HAACP
Desirable criteria
  • Catering Back Ground

Trade test cook- off

Essential criteria
  • Cooking or Kitchen experience
Desirable criteria
  • NHS Catering Back Ground

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Trust IDCapital Nurse, LondonListening into Action (LiA)No smoking policyLondon Living Wage is a voluntary commitment made by employers, who can become accredited with the Living Wage FoundationPositive about disabled peopleImproving working livesAge positiveDisability confident employer

Applicant requirements

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Mariana Nedelcu
Job title
Catering Manager
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