National Healthcare Estates and Facilities Day: Darren Cadwell, Kitchen Manager

To mark the very first National Healthcare Estates and Facilities Day, we are showcasing some of the many different roles in estates and facilities around our Trust.

Darren Cadwell – Kitchen Manager

How long have you worked in the NHS?
Since 1982 (40yrs)

What is your role in the NHS?
To manage all food production and staff in the main kitchen.

What does your role involve doing?
To manage catering staff including, supervisors, chefs, catering assistant and meal trolley porters.  Complete staff rotas, annual leave, return to work interviews and general staff management.  Ensure the department is compliant with regards to food safety legislation and Natashas’ Law.  Carry out specific training with staff as required.

What is the best thing about working in the NHS Facilities Division?
The terms and conditions and the progression opportunities. Team Moral and ‘Can do Attitude ‘

What is the most challenging thing about working in the NHS Facilities Division?
Ensuring we always do our very best for all our patients staff and visitors each and every day

How do you improve/enrich/enhance a patient’s journey?
By sourcing the best products for the meal services and carry out quality control checks daily.  Food testing is carried out at each meal service to ensure taste, portion control and presentation is to the standard expected for patients and the restaurant.

A little bit more about me…
I began my service in the NHS as a young YTS apprentice chef.  I then carried out my training and became Assistant Chef in 1983, with a further progression to Chef in 1987.

I was successful in applying for the post of head chef in 2007 and when the opportunity arose, I applied for the kitchen manager’s role and was successful in 2008.  I have spent 40years progressing through the department.

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