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Cook - Birchwood

Job Introduction

Birchwood is located in a community setting in Lees, Oldham.

Birchwood is a CQC Registered Nursing Home and offers packages of rehabilitation to 16 adults between the ages of 18 and 65 years, who experience severe and enduring mental health needs. We aspire to work in true partnership with our resident’s.

We are now looking for a committed and enthusiastic Cook to join our team working 37 hours a week, 7 days a week, 52 weeks of the year.

You will be responsible for cooking an assortment of dishes to suit a variety of dietary needs. As the cook you will be expected to be involved in the individuals we support with their meal choices and menu planning. You will be jointly responsible for the ordering of stock, stock control and the managing of a food budget.  Good food, nutritionally balanced diet and choice is high on our agenda. 

The role will involve preparing and cooking meals, maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness, food safety and hygiene and resolving customer queries or requests.

You will jointly be responsible for overseeing compliance with the Foods Standards Agency and local area Environmental Health Officer and Turning Point’s policies and procedures relating to Food Hygiene.

The Cook at Birchwood will also be jointly responsible for supporting residents with cooking skills by offering individual and group cooking sessions. This will require a Cook who has good interpersonal skills and an ability to motivate and engage those that we support.

The interviews will be taking place on 9th August.

Role Responsibility

As a cook you will be responsible for:

  • The preparation of beverages and preparing/serving of food to the Residents of Birchwood
  • Ensuring that the kitchen service areas are clean and tidy in line with the Environmental Health and Local Authority Standards
  • Ensuring Health and Safety regulations are followed
  • Cleanliness and replenishment of stock
  • Working in a person-centered approach
  • Ordering stock accurately and efficiently
  • Facilitating individual and group cooking sessions

The Ideal Candidate

  • Have a good understanding of working within the food or catering industry
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Be able to budget
  • Previous catering/food preparation experience in a similar role
  • Team working skills
  • Be able to manage and organise a kitchen
  • The ability to be adaptable and able to work within a challenging environment
  • Will have their NVQ Level 1 and 2 or equivalent and Food Hygiene Level 2 or City and Guilds/706/1 & 2
  • Will have an understanding of supporting people with a mental health needs

About us

Why Turning Point?

As a leading health and social care provider with more than 300 locations across England, we take real pride in the services we offer.

Across the varied regions, sectors and settings we operate within, our organisation is held together by a shared vision – and our people are connected by the same values. These include belief in potential, confidence in communication, embracing positive change and always treating each other as individuals.

We run all of our services on a not-for-profit basis; instead, we invest every penny back into our services and people. We never stop believing in change for the better, and we work constantly to improve the lives of the people we support.

Our people bring our vision to life. So, if you are enthusiastic, motivated and committed to support others to fulfilling their potential, here at Turning Point, we don't just offer you a job – we offer you a career.

What benefits will I receive?

Of course, we know it's not about the money. But that doesn't mean we don't reward our people for their invaluable work with a benefits package that includes:

  • Comprehensive Learning and Development opportunities - we are Investors in People Silver accredited
  • 28 days holiday, increasing with each year of service until 30 days. Plus the option to purchase additional holidays
  • Flexible benefit options including, bike to work schemes and season ticket loans
  • Competitive Pension and Life Assurance scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme and access to online Health and Wellbeing support
  • Flexible working patterns to support work/life balance
  • Access to a wide range of discounts including Cinema, Groceries and Gym.

As part of the fight against COVID-19 here are some of the measures we have in place to keep our team members and the people we support safe:

  • Enhanced Infection/Prevention Control Measures, including the use of PPE, social distancing and regular testing
  • Following all government guidance applicable to our services as a minimum and ensuring our teams are trained effectively
  • Strongly encouraging colleagues to receive a vaccination to keep themselves and those around them safe, enabling access through time off & covering transport costs
  • Regular updates, FAQs, myth busting from Turning Point’s clinical team as well as wellbeing seminars which provide support on a variety of topics

We reserve the right to close this advert early if we are able to appoint to the vacancy before the advertised closing date. 

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