An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Cardiovascular & Thoracic care group as a Housekeeper at University Hospital Southampton (UHS) NHS Trust. We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic Housekeeper. If you are caring, compassionate and wishing to be part of a first-class team delivering a high quality service, we have the role for you.
The cardiovascular & thoracic care group provides regional services to Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Dorset and West Sussex in the provision of tertiary cardiothoracic services. In addition, the care group meets the needs of local people in the Southampton, Eastleigh and New Forest areas; in total we provide cardiothoracic services for a population of approximately two million people. The commitment, knowledge and skills of our staff are integral in delivering a high-quality service to this population.
The ward housekeeper will be responsible for providing a house keeping service, ensuring that the ward is kept clean and that drinks, snacks and meals are available for the benefit and comfort for the patients.
You will work alongside all disciplines of staff in a co-operative manner. As a ward housekeeper you will monitor the ward environment and undertake housekeeping tasks to ensure the ward environment is clean and presentable, complying with control of Infection, health and safety and all other Trust policies.
You will liaise with the Ward Sister / Charge Nurse or the person in charge and help the health care team by undertaking the following duties:
Order and receive all catering stores.
Order and receive patient teacups, saucers, water glasses and water jugs.
Check and clean all ward refrigerators.
Work with ward domestic staff to make the patient’s beds at a convenient time to the ward.
Routinely clean in-patients’ bedside lockers and tables.
Clean equipment and store correctly.
Monitor and ensure that there are adequate stock levels of linen available to the ward, liaising with linen room as required.
Ensure the ward is appropriately prepared prior to meal times to help with the distribution of meals, assist designated patients with eating (as per ward procedures) and encourage patients to eat. (e.g. cutting up food, removing food coverings, cling film etc.)
Liaise with nursing staff with any questions or queries.
A well-mannered, friendly individual. You will have good interpersonal skills and be caring and compassionate with an understanding of hospital life and what the role involves.
You will have experience of working with people with a keen focus on customer service.
You will need a good attention to detail, and an ability to cope with routine.
Having a commitment to environmental issues will be desirable.
As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.
As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.
UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.
UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.
Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.
Interviews will be held on Thursday, 04 February 2021.
If you’re interested in applying for this role, we’d encourage you to get in touch using the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions or if you would like to arrange an informal visit. Alternatively, if you’re ready to apply, please follow the link below to complete an application.
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 (Exceptions Order) 1975 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.