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Our catering team provides service within our restaurants, hospitality for meetings, vending and patient catering.

What does the catering team do?

We carry out a wide range of general catering duties, providing service within our restaurants, hospitality for meetings, vending and patient catering. We have canteen facilities on-site at both Fieldhead, Wakefield and Kendray Hospital, Barnsley.

Our main role is to provide a full catering service to our service users which includes the distribution of meals to our wards. We also prepare and cook foods and send products to be cooked directly on the wards.

The catering team are also responsible for ensuring food safety and hygiene.

We provide a catering service to our staff, visitors and service users within our canteens. All food within the canteens is freshly prepared on site daily for people to take away or dine in in our restaurant facilities.

When applying to a role within our catering service you may be assigned to our dedicated service for our service users or within our in-house restaurant.

I have worked for the Trust for more than 20 years and love to serve our customers with a smile.

Jenny, catering team
What career opportunities are there within the catering department?

Catering assistant


Team leader

Catering supervisor

Catering manager

What skills do I need to bring to the role?

Previous experience of working in a catering environment

Experience in dealing with the public

Great customer service

What training will be given?

If not already completed you will need to be willing to undertake and achieve the level 2 Food Safety Certificate, COSHH training and Trust mandatory training courses

What's different about working in catering services within a hospital environment?

The catering department offers freshly prepared and cooked meals for staff, service users and visitors. We are committed to providing healthly nutritional meals and ensure we have vegetarian options as well as preparing meals in accordance with the dietary guidelines of Jewish and Islamic laws (Kosher and Halal). You will meet with a number of different people includng staff, service users and visitors. Our in house restaurants are based on sites where we provide health services to people who may have severe or enduring mental health illness.

Our catering teams working in our on site restaurants work shift patterns Monday to Friday. Our catering teams that provide food services to our wards work shift patterns including weekends and bank holidays.

Our promise to you

Our recruitment is person-centred. We're committed to keeping you informed at all stages and supporting you along the way.

You'll receive a first rate induction and access to a range of development programmes.

You’ll have access to our generous pension scheme, health service discounts and 27 days of annual leave plus bank holidays, which increases the longer you’re in service.

If you need a DBS check, we will pay for it, as well as your annual subscription fee for the DBS update service.

Some of the main duties you will do in catering are:

Basic food preparation: Packing, labelling and chilling, according to set recipes and procedures

Packing and labelling of pre-prepared food for special diets

Basic cooking duties

Operating cash registers

Serving meals in the dining room

Portioning food according to portion control

Preparing restaurant counters and fridges and ensuring restaurant tables have all items ready to carry out an efficient service

Cleaning equipment and premises

Would this role suit me?

If you enjoy working with other people in a friendly team environment with a willingness to get stuck in and lend a helping hand with pride in what you do then we might be the team for you. You will also need to have good organisational and communication skills, be flexible in your approach to work and have the ability to work using your own initiative.

I love my job working within the dining room and supporting my team.

Saha, catering supervisor
Interesting facts about our service

We provide approximately 250,000 meals to service users on our wards across 3 different sites in a year.

The most popular dish served within our restaurant is roast dinner.

Further information
Will I work in the restaurant?