RQ426 Household Staff – Relief cover

Peamount Healthcare
Employment Type
€27,942 - €33,699 per annum
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Household Staff -Relief Cover RQ426

Informal enquires: Eimar Coburn, House Hold Services Manager

Location of Post: Peamount Healthcare, Newcastle, Co. Dublin

Details of Service: Peamount Healthcare is an independent voluntary organisation that provides a range of high-quality health and social care services. We

help people return home after a serious illness, we provide safe and homely residential care for those who need it, and we support people to live as independently as possible in the community.

Reporting to: Household Manager

Purpose of Post

Household staff are members of the ward team, working with other ward staff to assist the patients, and at all times ensuring smooth and safe functioning in all areas of the ward.  All wards care for different categories of patients and variation of duties may occur, as all patients are individuals. The Clinical Nurse Manager or Nurse-in-Charge will give direction on these duties. In general, the household staff duties entail kitchen duties and ward/cleaning duties.


·        Have a good general standard of education

·        Good communication skills both written and verbal

·        Ability to work as part of a team and assist other members of staff

·        An interest and commitment to providing a clean, safe environment for patients in a health care environment

·        Previous cleaning experience

Ward/Cleaning Duties

Maintain a clean hygienic ward.

This includes:


·        Cleaning toilets and bathrooms morning and evening and as required during the day.

·        Vacuum cleaning corridors/wards daily.

·        Emptying bins.

·        Helping out in the kitchen at certain times.

·        Washing down bed frames.

·        Beds pulled out and washed behind.

·        Bed frames washed.

·        High dusting.

·        Washing walls/skirting boards.

·        Kitchen presses emptied and washed and any other cleaning identified by themselves or by the Clinical Nurse Manager.

·        Pulling out lockers and cleaning.

·        Transport linen.

·        Empty large waste bins.

·        Use large machinery to wash floors.

·        Assist staff with discharge cleaning on other units.

·        At certain times during the day e.g. meal times, the person on

·        ward duties will be expected to assist the person in the kitchen i.e. to wash dishes.



This job is flexible and other duties may arise on a day to day basis and are at the discretion of the Clinical Nurse Manager.



Kitchen Duties


There is one person full-time in the kitchen but the duties and

responsibilities of household staff vary from ward to ward and would encompass the following.


Preparation and handing out of trays for bed bound patients.

·        Setting of tables in dining-room for ambulant patients.

·        Safe handling of food as it arrives to the ward.

·        Maintaining correct temperature of food.

·        Assisting in the serving of meals.

·        Collection of used trays from wards.

·        Washing dishes/food trays etc.

·        Collecting and replacing jugs of water for patients use.

·        Maintaining a clean hygiene kitchen at all times.

·        Stock control, ordering/checking supplies with Clinical Nurse Manager/ person-in-charge.

·        Cleaning on ward if duties in kitchen/dining area completed.



This job is flexible and other duties may arise on a day-to-day basis and are at the discretion of the Clinical Nurse Manager/Household Manager.

Other requirements

The successful candidate will be expected to meet the following

·        Ability to work as part of a team and assist other members of staff

·        An interest and commitment to providing a clean, safe environment in a health care environment

·        Previous cleaning experience

Principal Duties & The  above  Job  Specification  is  not  intended  to  be  a Responsibilities comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the

post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him / her from time to time

and to contribute to the development of the post while in office.

Campaign Specific

Selection Post

A ranking and or short-listing exercise may be carried out on the basis of information supplied in your CV. The criteria for ranking and or short listing are based on the requirements of the post as outlined in the eligibility criteria and skills, competencies and/or knowledge section of this job specification. Therefore, it is very important that you think about your experience in light of those requirements



Failure to include information regarding these requirements may result in you not being called forward to the next stage of the selection process



Those successful at the ranking stage of this process (where applied) will be placed on an order of merit and will be called to interview depending on the service needs of the organisation.

Code of Practice

Peamount will run this campaign in compliance with the Cod of Practice prepared by the Commission for Public Service Appointments (CPSA).

The Code of Practice sets out how the core principles of probity, merit, equity and fairness might be applied on a principles basis. The Code also specifies the responsibilities placed on candidates, facilities for

feedback to applicants on matters relating to their application when requested and outlines procedures in relation to requests for a review of

the recruitment and selection process and review in relation to allegations of a breach of Code of Practice.

Codes of practice are published by the CPSA and are available on

The reform programme outlined for the Health Service may impact on this role and as structures change the job description may be reviewed.


The job description is a guide to the general range of duties assigned to the post holder. It i intended to be neither definitive or restrictive and is subject to periodic review with the employee concerned.