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Catering Assistant


Food is an important part of patient care. Patients who stay in hospital are happier with hot, delicious food and get better if fed well. Hospital staff also need to eat well, so all our food has to be nutritious, inviting and served on time. That’s where you come in. Whether you wash up or prepare food in the kitchen, serve at the food counter, or take trolleys to the wards, you will be providing the nutritious and appetising food and drink that fuels a happy and healthy hospital!


You need to be able to work as part of a busy, friendly team in a fast-moving environment, have excellent personal hygiene and a friendly manner when coming into contact with patients. If you have an interest in food and people, that’s perfect.


It can vary, but a foundation course in food hygiene may be useful. Apprenticeships in catering and related roles are sometimes available. You need good literacy and numeracy. Find out more at Hospital Caterers Association:

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