Nightingale Hospital is the only private mental health hospital in Central London, with over 30 years of experience in delivering specialised, evidence-based treatments in outpatient, day patient and inpatient settings.

Our dedicated team of specialists are committed to the diagnosis and treatment of all types of mental health conditions, including eating disorders and addictions. Conveniently located, we are a two-minute walk from Marylebone mainline and Underground stations, and within a ten-minute walk of Baker Street and Edgware Road Underground stations.

We are owned by international medical group Orpea, delivering the full spectrum of psychiatric care, and high-quality care home and rehabilitation services across the globe.

The main purpose of the job

Reporting directly to the Head Chef and Sous Chef, the post holder is responsible for delivering high-quality food to our all-day dining restaurant, conference meetings, patient wards and any other catering areas as identified by the line manager.

Main responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring the smooth day-to-day running of the catering department 
  • Assisting in leading the kitchen and catering team
  • Providing guidance to junior kitchen staff members
  • Overseeing and organising kitchen stock and ingredients
  • Managing food and product ordering by keeping detailed records minimising waste, plus working with existing systems to improve waste reduction
  • Assist the Head Chef/Sous Chef in the kitchen operation ensuring the hospital’s reputation for food quality is always maintained.


The following skills and qualifications are essential:

  • Food hygiene and safety certificate
  • Health and safety certificate
  • Any related nutrition qualification
  • A degree in culinary science or related certificate
  • Has NVQ, level 1 and 2 or city and guilds equivalent in food hygiene
  • 4-star Deluxe (at least) experience working in a large food and beverage operation
  • 1-3 years preparing a full-service restaurant
  • Ability to work as a team and take direction
  • Good verbal communication skills 
  • Regular and punctual attendance
  • Able to work flexibly to meet the needs of the business
  • Significant experience as a chef in hotel, restaurant or high standard of catering service delivery environment (desirable)
  • Previous experience in a healthcare environment (desirable)

Main benefits

We offer a comprehensive range of benefits, including:

  • Competitive salaries + an additional London allowance of £2,500 per annum added to all permanent posts (pro-rata for part-time roles)
  • Negotiable relocation allowance
  • 25 days’ annual leave (increasing up to 30 with long service), plus bank holidays
  • A ‘refer a nurse scheme’ paying £2000 per successful recruit
  • Opportunities for continuing professional development (CPD) and training
  • Generous company pension scheme with The People’s Pension
  • 100% of NMC registration renewal paid (subject to meeting the criteria)
  • Travel loan scheme
  • Annual staff bonus (discretionary)
  • On-site restaurant with subsidised staff meals at breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Access to Perkbox Medical, which provides 24-hour access to a private GP service
  • An extensive Perkbox staff benefits package, offering a comprehensive range of discounts and access to well-being apps
  • Annual birthday gift
  • Free life assurance cover (4x salary)
  • Free eye tests and contribution towards the cost of glasses (if required)
  • Long service recognition*
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity pay*
  • Long-term disability insurance*

*Subject to T&Cs

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  • Marylebone, London

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