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Band 2
37.5 hours per week (Full time/ part time, to be discussed at interview. Shifts will be 7.5 hours between the hours of 8am and 6pm eg: 8am-4pm, 10am-6pm)
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279 University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
St.Richards Hospital
£18,870 - £19,918 per annum, pro rata
Salary period
07/07/2022 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy General Assistant

Band 2

 About our Trust

At UHSussex we’re proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of the UK’s largest acute Trusts, we’re a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that have embodied the NHS for over 70 years.

We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation with patient care at our core. Our hard-working, talented and dedicated people work together towards a common goal – to always put our Patient First.  In fact our mission is summed up by our ‘where better never stops’ motto and no matter the role at UHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives of patients across Sussex.

We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We’re here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our wellbeing programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it - because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

We look forward to receiving your application and the start of your journey with UHSussex. In the meantime make sure to check out our Patient First approach that runs through our core as you’ll get to know us better through this, our equality, diversity and inclusion pages which show just why being inclusive is so important to us and how our staff networks help drive change, and our staff wellbeing page that details the many ways in which we invest in your wellbeing.

Job overview

We are looking to recruit to the following vacancies in our busy production unit at St. Richards Hospital. 

  • 1x General Assistant (kitchen porter) 37.5hours Monday to Friday
  • 1x General Assistant (packing and delivery team) 37.5 hours Monday to Friday 

Ideally recruiting to full time posts, but can be flexible depending on interview. 

The post holder will have previous experience of cleaning to a high standard,  take pride in their work and knowledge of food hygiene  principles. 


Main duties of the job

As a general assistant your role will  involve cleaning within a large production kitchen as well as packing and delivering food orders for ward level.

The role requires a level of manual dexterity, ability to push trolleys to and from ward level as well as other manual handling activities. 

You will be using a large industrial dishwasher to wash utensils and cooking equipment, using chemicals in line with COSHH guidelines to clean and sanitise surfaces, and large kitchen appliances. 

The post holder will have knowledge of health and safety within a kitchen environment and be familiar with good food hygiene practices.

Working for our organisation

The Catering Department at University Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides food and beverages to patients at both our St. Richards and Worthing Sites.

As a whole department we have front of house staff who work at ward level interacting with the patients, as well as the back of house staff who produce, assemble and deliver food to ward level.

You will be working within the kitchen production team which produce and supply ambient, chilled and cook frozen meals to patients at both Worthing and St. Richards Hospitals. 

The CPU at St.Richards is the main production kitchen where food is produced, stored and distributed.

As part of this team you will be supported by chefs, general assistants, stores persons and management to ensure the kitchen is maintained to a high standard at all times.

The staff are hardworking, friendly, work as a team and will support one another were needed. 




Detailed job description and main responsibilities

As a general assistant/ kitchen porter you will work under the supervision and guidance of the chefs as well as your team leader.

Main duties include:

  • Handwashing dishes 
  • Use of an industrial utensil washer
  • Cleaning and sanitising worksurfaces, appliances and kitchen equipment
  • Cleaning hard surfaces such as walls, floors and drains.
  • Deep cleaning
  • Cleaning cooker vents 
  • Drying and putting dishes away
  • Clearing Rubbish 
  • Packing chilled and frozen foods as required
  • Moving meal trolleys to ward level and loading the regeneration oven 

-- Please see the Job Description & Person Specs -- 

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Experience of cleaning to a high standard
Desirable criteria
  • Experience working in a busy kitchen environment


Essential criteria
  • Good standard of English literacy and numeracy skills and able to follow instructions both verbally and written


Essential criteria
  • Able to take instruction and direction
  • Teamplayer
Desirable criteria
  • Customer service


Essential criteria
  • Able to complete paperwork ie cleaning rota

planning and organisational

Essential criteria
  • adaptable, able to be flexible to service needs
  • can work to timescales

Patient 1st

Essential criteria
  • demonstrates patient first principles


Essential criteria
  • manual handling
  • physical tasks eg: long periods of standing

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Natalie Matthews
Job title
Food Production Manager
Email address
Telephone number
01243 788122
Additional information

ext 32095/ 85460

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