Head Cook

Eastlands, Sutton in Ashfield

Position: Head Cook *£500 Welcome Bonus*
Care Home: Eastlands 
Location: Sutton-in-Ashfield: NG17 4BR
Contract type: Permanent - full time hours available
Shifts Available: Flexible 
Rate/Salary: £10.19

 

About Exemplar Health Care:

We have over 20 years of experience providing exceptional specialist nursing care for adults living with complex and high acuity needs.  We started our journey as a training company, and have grown into one of the country’s leading providers of adult specialist care, with over 37 complex needs care homes in England.  

Our vision is that adults living with complex needs can access outstanding specialist care and support, in a community-based home that’s close to their family and friends, and that focuses on their personal goals and outcomes.  Our person-centred care is the bedrock for maximising independence, building everyday living skills and empowering people to live as fulfilled lives as possible.  

Our mission is to make every day better for the people we support and our colleagues.  We’re proud of the culture that we’ve created at Exemplar Health Care, which is underpinned by our vision, mission and values.

About Eastlands:

Eastlands supports 20 adults living with complex mental health needs, physical disabilities and dementia.

The home has two ten-bed units, which gives it a homely and welcoming feel. One of the units is exclusively for those who identify as male and who have complex mental health needs.

In 2021, Eastlands welcomed a new Manager who has embedded a positive culture in the home. The home has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 on carehome.co.uk.

To take a virtual tour of Eastlands click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkX1LXVz9eM

The post of Head Cook is all about ensuring that services users are offered meals which are nutritious, balanced and appetising, whilst catering for their dietary needs, likes and dislikes.

As the Head Cook, your key tasks will include:

  • Maintaining a balanced and varied menu
  • Meeting with service users to identify their food likes/dislikes
  • Menu planning in advance, ensuring that choice is offered for every meal
  • Preparing and cooking food in an a safe manner
  • Preparing a well-balanced diet for those with medical conditions or faiths which require special diets
  • Ensuring that all food hygiene standards are complied with, completing all relevant checks and records
  • Ensuring that the kitchen is staffed appropriately and that the team is provided with a full induction and training and development programme
  • Controlling stock and purchases, working within an allocated budgets

We would expect that you will have Food Hygiene Level 3 or be working towards it, and have previous experience in a similar position.

About Your Benefits*:

We know that happy colleagues make the best colleagues!  Exemplar Health Care has a unique rewards and benefits package. So whilst you’re busy caring for our Service Users, you can be assured that we’re caring for you.  

Here are just a few of the ways we like to say thank you:

  • 5.6 weeks holiday.
  • Exemplar rewards – retail discounts and vouchers.
  • Employee assistance program – 24 hour helpline.
  • Pension plan.
  • Free car parking.
  • Free uniform.
  • Outstanding career progression.
  • Comprehensive 7 day induction program.
  • Opportunity to progress and complete NVQ qualifications.
  • £500 Welcome Bonus

About Our Values:

Our values underpin everything that we do and ensure that we continue to make every day better for our service users and colleagues. We look for these values in everyone who works with Exemplar Health Care:

- Fun
- Integrity
- Responsive
- Success
- Teamwork

Read more about our values here - https://www.exemplarhc.com/careers/our-values

Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging:

At Exemplar Health Care you will work in an inclusive environment in which we champion diversity. We understand the importance of our workforce representing the communities and populations we serve.  We provide a work place where you are encouraged to be yourself whilst offering our colleagues and our service users support, care and a place of belonging.

How to Apply:

If this role sounds like a good match for you, please contact our Recruitment Team on 01977 630 830 for an informal chat or alternatively email: Pod9@ExemplarHC.com

*T&Cs apply

Patients playing with water pistols

Colleague stories

“There are many career opportunities at Exemplar Health Care and the support that I’ve received has been amazing. Everyone at Exemplar Health Care is committed to not only our residents, but each other. I am proud to be part of the Exemplar family.”

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Rewarding your dedication

Whether it’s RCNi membership or NMC PIN payment for Nurses, or lifestyle and retail discounts for everyone, we’re always thinking about new ways of saying ‘thank you’ for being part of our team.

Discount

Lifestyle and retail discounts - all colleagues can access great savings and monthly discounts on high street shops, restaurants, pubs and holidays, as well as 2-for-1 cinema tickets.

EAP

Employee Assistance Programme - all colleagues can access 24/7 counselling and support through our wellbeing partner, Care First.

Pension

Pension plan - after 3 months, you’ll be auto-enrolled into our pension scheme with NOW pensions, where you’ll have up to 5% of your earnings (depending on your salary) put into the pension and we’ll contribute an additional 3%.

DBS check

Paid DBS check - we’ll pay for all new starters to have a DBS check, so you don’t need to cover the cost.

Referral

Referral bonus - if you recommend a friend for a care role with us, you’ll both receive £150, and you can refer as many people as you like.

RCNi

Career development opportunities - there are lots of opportunities to develop your skills and progress in your career at Exemplar Health Care, if you wish. Find out more.