Ward Host

Southampton | Other

University Hospital Southampton, SO16 6YD


Various shift available - Monday to Friday

0730-1400 (30hrs) or 1430-1900 (20hrs) 

Pay rate £11.44 per hour + Company Benefits

Here at Serco, we are looking for Ward Hosts to join our team at University Hospital Southampton. Our Ward Hosts work as part of the Ward Patient Catering team, ensuring high quality hospitality service is provided.


Main Accountabilites


You will be responsible for taking orders and delivering a meal and drinks service, providing excellent customer service and care to patients.  Meals are ordered using an electronic ordering system, and then prepared by the hospital kitchens and sent down to each ward to be delivered by the team.


Working as a ward host is highly rewarding, please see the video testimonials in the below link to experience a 'day in the life of a Ward Host' ! 





What you'll need to do the role


You will have a good level of numeracy and literacy skills, including readind and writing. Ideally, you will have worked within a food service environment or catering industry and you must understand the importance of hygiene and safety and special diet awareness.


Strong customer service skills are a key part to this role, not only will you be serving food and beverages to the patients, but you will be interacting with them on a day to day basis. Positive communication can make a patient's day that little bit brighter, so we need passionate and enthusiastic ward hosts on our team!


This is a physically demanding role and the post holder will be expected to stand for long periods of time with manual handling involved. 


Why Serco


Meaningful and vital work: Working within soft services at Serco means that you'll play a critical role in ensuring that patients continue to receive the care they need 24/7.


A world of opportunity: It takes a diverse team to support a hospital and we're big on internal progression. So whether you specialise your skills, progress into team management or move into operations, you'll find all the opportunity you need to evolve your career.


Great people: Hospitals are busy places and your role will see you interact with NHS staff, patients, and of course your supportive team. You will be part of the hospital.


What we offer:


  • Up to 6% contributory pension scheme
  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • A range of benefits to support the health and wellbeing of you and your family such as Employee Assistance Programme, Thrive App, Simply Health Plans, Annual Leave Purchase Scheme and more
  • Access to a huge range of discounts and exclusive deals such as Merlin Attractions, Mobile Phone discounts, Cinema discounts, Leisure and Hospitality discounts
  • A fantastic culture and supportive team where you'll get the chance to make a positive difference in a company passionate about diversity and inclusion
  • Company discounts which include cinema, merlin entertainment and online shopping and discounts on mobile phone plans and leisure centre memberships.
  • Interesting and enjoyable work
  • Committed to professional and personal development with a wide range of training and coaching opportunities to expand your capabilities


About Serco
At Serco, not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play, from caring for vulnerable people to managing complex public services.  We are a team of 50,000 people responsible for delivering essential public services around the world in areas including defence, transport, justice, immigration, healthcare and citizen services. We are innovators, committed to redesigning and improving public services for the benefit of everyone.

By joining Serco you will have unlimited access to our Global Employee Networks - SercoInspire (Gender), SercoEmbrace (Multicultural), SercoUnlimited (Disability) and In@Serco (LGBT & Networks). Serco Employee Networks, led by colleagues who are passionate about diversity, inclusion and belonging. 

Please click on the apply button to complete your application. Occasionally we receive a large volume of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment. 

At Serco, we see people first and foremost for their performance and potential. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organisation that supports the needs of all. As such we will make reasonable adjustments at interview through to employment for our candidates and strongly encourage applications from a diverse candidate pool. We are open to discussions around flexibility and flexible working. We operate a hybrid work structure in many of our business areas. We are proudly Disability Confident Leader employers and holder of the Silver Inclusive Employer Standard. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview. 

At Serco we support fair access to employment for those with unspent criminal convictions through the 'Ban the Box' pledge (some may be exempt due to the nature of the role and the security clearance required). Please contact our recruitment team directly on 0345 010 4000 to discuss.

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11/10/2023 02:17:00
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