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Cook (Greenfield House)

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Job Introduction

For adults with learning disabilities, you’ll open the door to lives of independence, fulfilment, and joy. And your impact won’t stop there. This positive change will be felt across families and throughout the Staffordshire communities we’re proud to serve.

This is a diverse social care role where every day is different!

We specialise in supporting adults with complex needs, profound and multiple learning disabilities, and behaviours that challenge.

Greenfield House is a residential care home for up to ten adults. The service is dynamic and caters for people with varying levels of need. The team support the adults to live an ordinary life which includes accessing their community, maintaining connections with family and friends, and supporting with their health and wellbeing.

We have a part-time vacant position working 30 hours per week. The role will work a range of shifts between 8am to 7pm, which will include weekend and bank holiday working. We require our team to work flexibly as rotas are subject to change depending on business need.

Although this role is based primarily at Greenfield House, Leek, there may be times when you are expected to work flexibly across Provider Services, including different care settings, delivery approaches, and locations, as required.

You can find more about our service by visiting

Main Responsibility

In this role you will:

  • deliver a high-quality kitchen service, providing nutritious food in accordance with identified needs and preferences and in line with the budget.  This will include a full range of meals, preparation of menus, portion control, and the provision of food to meet special dietary requirements.
  • liaise with the support team and involve the people we support to devise nutritionally balanced, varied and attractively presented menus, catering for specific dietary needs in accordance with support plans and risk assessments
  • communicate and interact effectively with individuals, families, colleagues, and others creating positive relationships
  • comply with kitchen and food hygiene safety and quality standards.

Our aspirations are to receive an ‘outstanding’ rating with the CQC, and we are looking for someone who shares our values, ambitions, and vision.

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for people who are passionate about providing outstanding care quality for adults with learning disabilities.

What you will bring

  • be enthusiastic about working with people with learning disabilities and autism
  • be caring, sensitive and patient while supporting people to be as independent as possible.
  • written and verbal communication skills
  • the ability to relate positively to the people we support.
  • an enthusiasm for providing nutritious meals and can cater for special diets.
  • literacy and numeracy skills sufficient to plan menus, order supplies, and monitor budgets
  • able to keep accurate records, both digital and paper based.​

What you will have

  • Basic food hygiene certificate
  • Recognised catering qualification, or willingness to complete
  • Experience as a professional cook with a knowledge of kitchen management.
  • Ability and knowledge to plan a varied menu
  • Knowledge of health and safety procedures including being able to demonstrate an understanding of COSHH implications for materials/supplies
  • Ability to understand safe and correct food hygiene/handling procedures with a demonstrable knowledge of HACCP system
  • Ability to demonstrate an understanding of infection control principles (including hazard compliance)

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About Staffordshire County Council

We are no ordinary county council:

Our Values:

The core of who we are as an organisation. Just like we all have personal values that shape our thoughts and behaviour, organisational values drive how we think and act collectively.

Our values were created and shaped by colleague feedback and national best practice and they sit at the heart of People Strategy:

We have a real sense of community spirit that brings our people together. This feeling of belonging means we are all connected to what we do and take pride in the difference we make every day for Staffordshire people. We are ambitious and our sights are set firmly on a better future.

We look forward and race ahead - that goes for your career too. 

Our benefits:

We recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive working environment where employees can achieve their full potential and achieve a healthy work-life balance. 

In addition to your salary, as a member of staff, you will have access to a range of benefits.

Our recruitment process:

As an Authority we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Staffordshire County Council is an equal opportunities organisation and Disability Confident employer. We encourage applications from all background and communities

As part of our commitment as a Disability Confident employer, a Silver Award Armed Forces employer and our commitment to supporting care leavers - we offer a guaranteed interview as long as your application meets the minimum criteria for the post. 

As you’ll know safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children and young people/vulnerable adults is important to us and that’s why this position is subject to a criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service. If applicable you should disclose details of unspent and unfiltered spent reprimands, formal warnings, cautions and convictions in your application form.

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