East Lancashire Hospice


 Post                                   Chef

Responsible to           Lee Hyatt

Type of Contract       Permanent

Hours                              25

 Salary                           WTE   £20,083

Pro Rata                        £13,388

Closing Date              When enough applicants

Interview Date           To be Confirmed

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This post involves regular, direct unsupervised access to vulnerable adults and therefore is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

East Lancs Hospice

East Lancashire Hospice is a registered charity, founded in 1984. We support and care for patients with a life limiting illness, their families and others close to them. We provide this in a number of ways; at the hospice and in people’s own homes across our community of Blackburn, Darwen, Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley.

With approximately 120 employees and over 250 volunteers, our people are our biggest asset whom we value tremendously. Our services to the local community would not be possible without our motivated and caring workforce who always strive to deliver excellence in all that they do. The hospice is a unique and special place, kindness and compassion are qualities that run throughout the hospice and our people truly believe in what we do.


A new opportunity has arisen as part of the re-structure of our catering team, for a Chef working circa 25 hours flexibly over seven days with two days off. Due to the nature of the organisation being a charity, the catering department is assisted through many of our wonderful volunteers and so this chef  position will be different than your ‘everyday’ chef job.

You will be responsible with assisting in the high quality of food preparation, cooking and finishing to support the smooth running of the catering team. As the Chef you will contribute to the quality of the food and speed of service for both our patients and Café Retreat.

The Successful Candidate

You will have experience in a similar chef position and be able to work as part of a brigade in a busy service. You will have a sound culinary knowledge and preferably be qualified to level 3 in Professional Cookery. Strong hygienic practices and a good awareness of food safety management systems are crucial for this post along with strong communication skills.

The hospice staff and volunteers are paramount to the success of the hospice and therefore it is extremely important the successful applicant for this Chef post has strong people skills, a positive attitude and approachable nature. You must contribute to a high level of service whilst adopting our core values in everything you do.

Our core values: to care, listen, respect and work together to support people to live well until they die and support those affected by death.

What we offer

In return, the salary for this post is £12,999 for 25 hours, 5 days of 7, including one weekend in every three.  The catering team have an excellent working kitchen with strong culinary experience throughout with Café Retreat recently being awarded a 5* hygiene rating.

We have an excellent, collaborative working environment with a generous holiday allowance of 27 days + Bank Holidays with the option to buy additional days. You will have access to learning and development opportunities, ongoing training, and funded access to a private health scheme. There is also onsite parking and substitute meal prices avaliable from Cafe Retreat.

Aside from the terms and conditions detailed above, you will joining a very special and unique organisation, where people are at the heart of everything we do.


For further information relating to the job duties, please refer to the job description by clicking ‘Job Description’ below.

If you wish to apply for this post, please complete the online application form. Please make sure you read through the job description and outline your relevant skills and experience applicable to the job in the supporting information box, whilst detailing your career history in the relevant fields. 

You may also send your CV directly to Recruitment@Eastlancshospice.org.uk stating which job you are interested in, along with the supporting information outlining your relevant skills and experience applicable to the job.

Please note that references will not be contacted at this stage, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

All enquiries and further information regarding the above can be obtained from the recruiting manager.

Name: Lee Hyatt - Head of Catering 


Telephone: 01254 965879

Application forms and job descriptions are available to download from our website: www.­eastla­nc­shos­pice.­org.­uk  

Alternatively, these documents can be obtained from the Recruitment Department on: 01254 965833.

For details on Cafe Retreat visit our webpage here