Catering Assistant


Catering Assistant

Band 2 (£23,362 - £25,368)

NHS HIGHLAND, Newtonmore, Highland

  • Part time
  • Permanent

Posted 5 days ago, 10 Jul | Get your application in now to be included in the first week's applications.

Closing date: Closing date not specified

job Ref: None

Full Job Description

Mains House is residential and Nursing Care home for 26 residents. We are looking for someone to join our happy team. Job role involves but not exclusive to;

  • To assist the cook in charge as required in all aspects of delivery of the catering service.
  • Maintain a high standard for all food preparation including preparing of sandwiches, salads, hot and cold meals and desserts.
  • Plate up of meals ensuring the products are aesthetically presented and that they follow menu choices, dietary requirements and correct portion size at all times.
  • Loading of food trolleys ensuring all items are supplied as ordered.
  • Ensure that food temperatures are taken and recorded at required times.
  • Ensure correct use and storage of food, minimising waste.
  • Recording of all levels of food wastage after each service.
  • Replenish ward stores and vending machines, where applicable, ensuring stock cards are completed and security of stock at all times.
  • Service of meals and beverages to staff, patients and visitors ensuring portion control.
  • Cash handling operating cash register and recording and highlighting any discrepancies timeously.
  • To update and maintain all appropriate Food Safety Records and taking appropriate action where necessary.
  • Receipting of supplies ensuring stock rotation.
  • Identify any issues regarding quantity or quality of deliveries, stock levels for food or food products and equipment faults resolving basic problems and referring others to the Supervisor, Estates etc as appropriate.


    • Undertake training as necessary for the job e.g. Elementary Food Hygiene training
    • Completion of Catering Services Workbook.
    • Must be able to work unsupervised and on their own in the absence of the Cook.
    • Act as a mentor for newly appointed staff, providing training and instruction.
    • Adhere to security procedures regarding premises, keys, equipment and materials.
    • Complete surveys and/or audits as necessary to own work e.g. staff surveys.

Informal enquiries to Shirley Christie - / 

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NHS Highland is geographically the largest of the 14 regional boards of NHS Scotland, covering an area of 12,500 square miles, across Highland and Argyll & Bute.

As a board we strive to ensure the environment is conducive to nurturing a positive culture, supported and delivered through our NHS and Social Care values.




Care and compassion

Dignity and respect

Openness, honesty and responsibility

Quality and teamwork






NHS Scotland is reducing their full time working week from 37.5 to 37 hours per week from 1 April 2024 but with no change in pay.  This reduction will also be applied pro rata for part time staff.  This advert and any subsequent offer/contract of employment therefore reflects the new working hours.  However, as not all service areas will be able to adopt the 37 hour working week immediately from 1 April 2024, you may be required to work up to an additional 30 minutes per week for a temporary period for which you would be paid until the service you are working in changes rosters or working patterns to accommodate the new reduced working week.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Recruiting Board.