Job overview

To work as an integral part of the ward/departmental/health centre/community
hub teams, with a flexible approach within the Facilities Department. Perform
cleaning / catering duties as required in all areas of the Healthcare premises
to the required standard and complying with legislation.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a motivated and hard-working individual to work as part of our Facilities and Domestic teams and ensure our standards meet the National Specifications for Cleanliness in the NHS. The role involves cleaning the hospital in clinical and non-clinical areas, serving beverages to patients on the wards, food handling, waste removal, this position also includes a considerable amount of manual handling and physical work.

Although this role will be predominantly cleaning in clinical areas such as wards and non-clinical areas (offices etc).

Previous cleaning experience would be an advantage, but not essential as training will be provided. Please give FULL details of any relevant experience on your application form to assist us with the shortlisting process. Any fields left blank or incomplete will not be able to be scored.

Please apply online via the NHS Jobs website. If you are unable to use a computer to apply online.

Working for our organisation

As the largest provider of community healthcare services in Sussex, our teams help
people to plan for and manage changes to their health, supporting patients and their
families to live more independently. We employ over 5,000 full and part time staff,
and provide community services to a population of 1.3 million people.
Each year our dedicated clinicians see adult or child patients more than 2.6 million
times, caring for people from their earliest moments right up to the final stages of
their life.
SCFT teams deliver a range of health and care services to more than 9,000 people
every day, working in care homes, clinics, intermediate care units, people’s own
homes, GP surgeries, schools and other community venues across the region.
Our vision is to provide excellent care at the heart of the community and
achieving the highest level of service is our top priority.
We develop and nurture our staff, and recognise that they are our greatest asset.
We give them clear career pathways, support their wellbeing, recognise and value
their diversity and provide them with the leadership, skills and knowledge they need
to deliver the best care for our patients now and in the future.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities
3. Key responsibilities
a) Wear correct and clean uniform whilst on duty
b) Attend Departmental meetings as appropriate.
c) To participate in the Trust’s appraisal system, review and personal
development process on an annual basis.
d) Undertake training as necessary in line with the development planning
e) To achieve and demonstrate agreed standards of personal and professional
development within agreed timescales.
f) To contribute positively to the effectiveness and efficiency of the team in
which he/she works.
4. Main tasks
The following gives an overview of the key main tasks for this role, but tasks may
vary depending on team or site:
To ensure strict adherence to all policies and procedures in relation to food
hygiene, including HACCP, personal hygiene and cleaning down procedures.
Clean all surfaces using appropriate methods to remove dust and debris.

Remove / replace / clean curtains and blinds as necessary.
Clean all hard floors and mop daily.
Empty, clean and replenish waste bins.
Seal waste bags and carry out appropriate waste disposal procedures.
Clean internal glass and ledges.
Clean all sanitary areas.
Maintain equipment in a clean and serviceable condition.
Maintain and respect the privacy and dignity of patients whilst carrying out Facilities
Clean Beds.
Replenish bed linen on patient discharge or as needed.
Clean furniture.
Replenish consumables – paper towels, soap, toilet rolls etc.
Adopt a flexible approach, as you may be required to work at any Trust site.
Ensure the correct storage of all items.
To issue and collate inpatient menus.
Collect and clean all crockery and cutlery and kitchen utensils as required using
automatic dishwashers where available.
Collect, wash and return water jugs.
Collect and replace soiled linen.
Collection and delivery of goods.
Collection and delivery of medical gas cylinders.
Transportation of patients between wards and departments, if required on an
occasional ad hoc basis.
Use of electrical cleaning equipment.
Carry out the regeneration of prepared meals, preparation of salads and
sandwiches, and any other food items as required.
Ensure that the patient meals are placed in the appropriate ward trolleys at the
correct time and ready for service.
To prepare and serve food and beverages as required.
Use of cash register if required.
To ensure security is maintained at all times.
Completion of departmental paperwork as required.
Assist with the service of patient, visitors and staff meals.
Provide the appropriate amount of crockery and cutlery in advance of service
Ensure that food presentation, portion control, temperature and quality standards are adhered to.

Person specification

skills and knowledge
Essential criteria

  • literate and numerate
  • ability to follow and understand instructions
  • ability to record information correctly
  • Work as a team
  • Experience
    Essential criteria

  • Previous experience in cleaning services
  • Customer focused environment
  • Desirable criteria

  • Working in a healthcare environment
  • Qualifications
    Essential criteria

  • Educated to GCSE or equivalent
  • Be able to communicate effectively using verbal and written communication
  • Desirable criteria

  • NVQ Cleaning
  • Basic Food Hygiene certificate
  • Basic Health & Safety Certificate
  • This post may close earlier than the published closing date if sufficient applications are received.

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