Head of Housekeeping

Vacancy within Cedars Care Home



£8.53 - 8.53/hour + Benefits

Job Location
- United Kingdom -- England -- East of England -- Essex -- Southend on Sea

Job Type

15 May 2018

Closing date
10 Jun 2018 23:59

Cedars Nursing Home’s philosophy is to create a secure, relaxed happy and homely atmosphere for the residents to live in and for the staff to work in. We specialise in providing quality nursing and residential care for the elderly.

We are currently recruiting for a Head of Housekeeping to work full time, across Monday to Sunday on a rota basis.

Job Purpose

Daily supervision of Domestic and Laundry Staff to ensure the highest possible standards of cleanliness around the home and a first class service from the laundry to the home and residents.

Job Duties


  • Understand how to clean the different furnishings and equipment within the home in line with training provided and manufacturer’s guidelines.

  • Regularly monitor the condition of equipment and machinery utilised in the domestic and laundry functions, reporting any problems to the maintenance team.

  • Manage stocks of cleaning and other materials required in the domestic and laundry functions and order items as required in conjunction with your Line Manager.

  • Ensure that all residents rooms are prepared and ready for letting and show arounds at all times.

  • Ensure through agreed schedules of work that infection control standards are achieved.

  • Be aware of and ensure compliance with COSHH regulations and keep all required records.

  • In conjunction with your Line Manager, discuss and agree any replacement equipment and machinery which is required.

  • Regularly monitor the stock and condition of our linen, bedding etc and agree repairs and replacement with your Line Manager.

  • Monitor the condition of residents' clothing and agree repairs and replacements with your Line Manager.


  • Ensure that all staff under your supervision are aware of COSHH regulations and comply with them.

  • Ensure that staff under your supervision wear the correct uniform and use the appropriate protective clothing as required.

  • Plan monthly rotas for your department in conjunction with the Manager’s authorisation.

  • Provide supervision and appraisals for your staff team and actively encourage their development.

  • Promote good working relationships amongst all staff at the home.


  • Follow at all times the homes written policies and procedures.

  • Maintain safe and clean environment throughout the building including the stairwells.

  • Manage complaints in line with company policy in regards to domestic / laundry issues.

  • Promote the good name of the home both internally and externally.

  • Attend staff meetings and training sessions as required for the better performance of your duties.

  • Weekly contacted hours as mutually agreed with the Registered Manager, to be worked on a rota system including some weekends and public holidays

  • To complete any mandatory training to ensure that you are competent to fulfil the responsibilities of your role

  • To facilitate in house training as agreed.

 Skills / Requirements / Attributes

  • Previous supervisory experience within a housekeeping department

  • NVQ level 3 supervisor would be beneficial

  • Able to take initiative and make a difference to the quality of the resident’s environment

  • Strong Communication skills both oral and written

  • Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail

If you would like to join our successful team please select "apply now" and forward us your CV. If you have no prior experience we would also like to receive a cover letter explaining why you wish to pursue a career in the Healthcare sector.

Cedars Care Home is part of the Canford Healthcare group of homes.

Contact information

Karen English