Assistant Housekeeper

Assistant Housekeeper

We have a 15 and 18 hours per week positions available, working flexibly over the week including evenings and weekends on a rota basis.

This hospital is a new state of the art building which opened to patients in June 2011. There is a 24 bedded ward, 20 stroke rehabilitation beds and 4 Primary Care beds in single or double rooms all with en suite facilities.

The position will require you to work as part of a team and be responsible for the day to day cleaning duties around the hospital and will involve working to a very high standard. You must be a team player with a flexible approach to your work.

Previous experience working within a commercial cleaning environment is  essential. NVQ level 2 or equivalent to the role is essential. Full training in the job role will be provided.

In return you will receive above basic rates of pay, enhanced payments for weekend work, a generous holiday entitlement and pension scheme.

Informal visits and discussions are welcomed.

Previous applicants need not reapply and will not be shortlisted , unless with prior agreement

Please note this advert may close early if we have enough applicants apply.


Main duties of the job


The Generic worker:

Specific duties will be discussed at interview to meet service requirement.

You will work closely with the Housekeeper, Laundry Assistant, Hotel Services Supervisor and other Hotel Services Staff, Matron, Assistant Head of Catering and where applicable some Heads of Departments.
The post holder will be directed by the Hotel Services Supervisor to carry out a range of duties for the needs of the service.

The cleaning of the work environment following a planned and methodical approach inorder to ensure all areas are included.

Examples of areas cleaned are toilets, bathrooms, and patient’s single rooms, ward areas, patient’s day rooms, and lounges, offices, meeting rooms, external patio areas and the immediate external vicinity of entrances, outpatients departments, kitchens and sanitary areas.

The post holder will be require to resolve fault finding on equipment used or change in cleaning schedules.

Participate in training as directed by the Hotel Services Supervisor. This would include training in cleaning techniques and mandatory training such as Fire Safety, Moving & Handing, COSHH, and Infection Control.

Working alongside and supporting apprentices with their daily duties, using a buddy system, ensuring they fully understand all Health and Safety aspects of the role, Trust policies and procedures.

Complete environmental audits as required to monitor standards of cleanliness.


Working for our organisation


As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone’s throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan – there is truly something for everyone!


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Finance Responsibility
The post holder will:-  Catering staff at these sites only
Catering staff will empty vending machine monies for banking at the following sites only: Bridgwater Community Hospital, Minehead Community Hospital, Shepton Mallet Community Hospital, Frome Community Hospital, South Petherton Community Hospital, West Mendip Community Hospital and Wincanton Community Hospital
The post holder will:-
Assist in maintaining a safe and hygienic environment in support of patient care by carrying out a range of duties to specific standards and process set out in the Operational Cleaning Manual and HACCP and other Trust policies and procedures, in line with Health and Safety work Act (HASAWA).

Person specification

Qualifications & Training

Essential criteria
  • NVQ or equivalent to role
  • Evidence of Secondary Food Handling Training

Knowledge & Experience

Essential criteria
  • Experience of cleaning in a commercial environment or health care sector
  • Knowledge of COSHH procedures

Skills & abilities

Essential criteria
  • Have the ability to recognise and manage challenging situations
  • Ability to undertake the physical tasks required within this role
  • Be able to work flexibly to meet the needs of a service

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Ability to prioritise your workload
  • Be able to work under difficult circumstances

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