Relief Housekeeper

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Closing Date: 16/08/2022
Contract Permanent
Working Hours Part Time
Location Darlington
Salary £19,918 Per year
Company NHS Jobs

Job Description

Housekeepers are responsible to provide and maintain cleaning and catering services as part of the Hotel Services team to office, patient and communal areas within the Trust. Ensuring a clean, safe and supportive environment for staff and patients working towards their recovery.

You will need to be passionate and enthusiastic about patient care putting patients at the heart of everything you do. You will be working in a multi-professional team and will need to be able to think on the spot and be empathetic. You will be passionate about our business, creating a culture of continuous improvement.

Main duties of the job

We require a friendly, positive thinking, organised and motivated individual to work as a Relief Housekeeper for 22.5 hours per week within the Trusts Hotel Services Team.

The post holder will be based at West Park Hospital and will be required to work shifts between the hours of 7am-6pm including weekends.

You should be highly motivated, reliable, and flexible also willing to work at short notice as there may be opportunities for extra hours.

Experience in cleaning duties and use of chemicals and equipment are essential as you will be working in a demanding environment. Catering and food service experience would be beneficial along with a passion to providing high standards of customer service.

Experience of working or volunteering in a Mental Health and Learning disabilities is essential. Also the ability to provide a positive approach and image, when working with relevant client groups throughout the Trust.

Candidates must possess Food Hygiene Certificate level 2 or work towards successful completion in an agreed timescale.

Essential are; Numeracy, Literacy and IT level 2. (Equivalent to GCSE grades 9 to 4 (A* to C in old GCSE grading system)

NVQ Level 2 Housekeeping is desirable. All candidates should demonstrate a commitment to undertake further training and qualifications as deemed necessary to the position within agreed timescales.

About us

We are geographically one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the country with an annual income of £423m and a workforce of over 7,500 staff operating from around 160 sites. Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and learning disability services for the people of County Durham and Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire, York and Selby, serving a population of around 2 million people. We also provide additional specialist services to other parts of Northern England.

We deliver our services by working in partnership with 8 local authorities and clinical commissioning groups, a wide range of voluntary organisations, as well as service users, their carers and the public. The services are spread over a wide geographical area of around 3,600 square miles, which includes coastal, rural and industrial areas.

Our values

The most important way we will get there is by living our values all of the time. These are:

  • Respect – listening, inclusive, working in partnership
  • Compassion – kind, supporting, recognising and celebrating
  • Responsibility – honest, learning, ambitious

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further detailed information to ensure that you meet the role criteria before applying.

Person Specification



  • Food Hygiene Certificate Level 2
  • Numeracy and Literacy to level 2
  • ITQ Level 2
  • NVQ Level 2 in Housekeeping (within agreed timescale)



  • Experience in use of cleaning materials and equipment
  • Experience in general cleaning duties
  • Experience of working or volunteering in a mental health or learning disabilities environment


  • Experience cleaning in a hospital environment



  • Knowledge of Health & Safety and COSHH
  • Knowledge of National Standard of Cleanliness
  • Knowledge of deep-cleaning procedures
  • Knowledge of Patient-Lead Assessment of the Care Environment (PLACE)
  • Good understanding of confidentiality



  • Able to follow protocols and instructions
  • Able to demonstrate thoroughness and attention to detail in all tasks
  • Safe, efficient and effective techniques in the following areas, producing consistently high standards: Cleaning; Deep cleaning; Use of motorised cleaning equipment e.g. floor scrubber, carpet cleaner; Use of kitchen equipment; Preparation and serving of food; Use and cleaning of regeneration ovens; Washing and ironing
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Time management and ability to prioritise effectively
  • Breakaway techniques

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

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 (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

Employer details

Employer name

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

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