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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 21/04/2020.

Housekeeper - Temporary Staffing

Job Reference: 175-1920-2-TS495

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Temporary Staffing
Royal Papworth Hospital, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Papworth Road, Cambridge
£17,652 to £19,020 pa

As the largest and leading specialist cardiothoracic hospital in the UK, Royal Papworth Hospital is dedicated to providing patients with the best possible care through the excellence of our caring staff. We are located in a bespoke, purpose-built hospital on the world-class Cambridge Biomedical Campus, with administrative services based in Huntingdon.

In October 2019, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) announced the hospital was ‘outstanding’ overall and across all five of the CQC domains; safe, caring, effective, responsive, and well-led - this is the first time an NHS hospital trust has achieved an ‘outstanding’ rating across the five key questions.


Temporary staffing Housekeeper roles Band 2

We are urgently looking for experienced, enthusiastic and dedicated individuals to join our Housekeeping Temporary Staffing Bank (zero hours contract)and support us in providing the highest standards of patient care in the current testing climate.

Please note:

As this role is hospital based and is in response to the current COVID-19 situation please ensure that you have read the current Government guidelines relating to ‘Information for shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19’ and ‘Guidance on social distancing’ to ensure you are comfortable and willing to work, if you successfully apply for a role in the Trust.

Please see guidelines on the Government website

If you are interested in joining us we would love to hear from you

We need people who can work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.

Housekeeping is a vitally important role in the hospital as it supports the nursing care of patients by making sure that they receive the nutrition that will help them recover from their illness or surgery. Housekeepers are also part of the care team that ensure the patient has a good experience of being in hospital. The housekeeper’s role is to deliver the meal and snack service and drinks throughout the day to patients, and to be responsible for all elements of food hygiene and safety in the ward kitchens. As a housekeeper you can make a real difference to the patients experience in hospital by providing support and a friendly face to patients during their stay.

The successful candidate will need the skills and ability to deliver a high quality, flexible patient centered service.

There are various elements of the meal delivery service that will be the responsibility of the post holder’s; managing the storage and production of snacks and drinks, cooking and presenting meals from frozen as well as managing meal delivery options through our catering partner. For the caring role of Housekeeper you will have the ability to:

  • Work independently
  • Present a positive, polite and friendly outlook to all patients and visitors to the unit
  • Communicate effectively with patients and colleagues on everyday care matters
  • Deliver a caring, personalised service to patients and make a positive difference to their day
  • Treat information confidentially
  • Work within a team
  • To write and record relevant information

Previous experience is desirable but not essential.

‘You may be contacted to arrange a telephone interview at short notice before the advert closing date’

For more information please contact Dawn Stapleton, Patient Catering Manager on 01223 639692 or Estrella Avila Pacheco, supervisor on 07775 552756.

** We reserve the right to close this vacancy once sufficient applications have been received**

Priority consideration will be given to NHS Employees who have been declared at risk of redundancy.

The support and benefits available to staff include:
NHS Pension Scheme, extensive retail discount scheme, subsidised restaurant, staff recognition and award scheme, membership options at Frank Lee Centre Leisure & Fitness (campus gym), salary sacrifice 'cycle to work' and 'car' scheme, enhanced pay progression for Band 5 nurses, career progression opportunities, flexible working

We welcome all applications irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation. Applicants with disabilities will be offered an interview providing they meet the minimum criteria for the post. The Trust operates job share and flexible working. We are a Smoke Free Hospital.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome (for eligible posts only) and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Border Agency requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Border Agency website.

In submitting an application form you authorise Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to confirm any previous NHS Service details via the Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process should you be appointed to the post.

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