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Head of Engineering

Band 8b

Main area
317 Engineering - RVI
Grade
Band 8b
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
317-2022-21-053
Site
Trustwide
Town
317 Trustwide
Salary
£54,764 - £63,862 per annum
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
11/07/2022 23:59
Interview date
20/07/2022

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with around 16,000 staff and an annual income of £1 billion.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We’re also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients ‘contacts’ each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Newcastle Hospitals are proud to be one of the exemplar organisations across the NHS on sustainability, with a long history of delivering Sustainable Healthcare in Newcastle (Shine) and the first healthcare organisation in the world to declare a climate emergency. Our strategy includes commitments to being Net Zero by 2030, for our direct carbon footprint, and Net Zero by 2040 for our footprint plus. Delivering these ambitions will not be possible without the help, support and action of every single member of our team.

Job overview

As the Head of Engineering you will be responsible to the Assistant Director of Estates (Operation & Maintenance) for the leadership of the Estate Engineering Workshops and delivery of all elements of hard FM for one of the Trust’s Acute sites, ensuring that the Estate is maintained in a safe and suitable condition to support the patient experience.

The first healthcare organisation in the world to declare a Climate Emergency, you will also be key in supporting the Trust’s objective to reach Carbon Net Zero by 2030 through the delivery of site specific Estates decarbonisation plans in line with the NHS Net Zero Carbon Delivery Plan.

As a senior leader within the Directorate you will be expected to work across various teams / sites and act as a champion for the Directorates Quality Management Systems driving continual improvement throughout the organisation in order to improve the resilience and quality of service delivered.

In return the successful candidate will benefit from a competitive reward package, with extensive opportunities for further development, and the opportunity to play a key role in one of the largest institutions in the region providing critical services to the people of the North East.

  • Interview Date: 20th July 2022
  • 37 hours, 30 minutes/week
  • You will be redirected to Trac to apply for the vacancy. Please expand the job details section and read all of the information before applying for the vacancy.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will lead a team of Estates professionals, including directly employed labour and specialist appointed contractors, in the safe / efficient delivery of all elements of Hard FM services across the Trust Estate in support of patient care ensuring that compliance with statutory requirements and best practice is achieved at all times.

You will actively support the development and delivery of the Estates strategy including the production of site specific 1 to 5 year development plans covering the development of Estates infrastructure, to support the clinical services, and the management of the Estate backlog maintenance.

You will be responsible for driving forwards the Trusts ambition to be a Net Zero in Operation Estate by 2030 through the development of site-specific technical proposals for the decarbonisation of the Estate and working with the Clinical teams through the delivery of the associated projects.

As the Head of Engineering  for a site the post holder will provide expert advice on engineering matters and managing various OpEx and CapEx projects across the Trust Estate.

As part of an ‘Outstanding’ organisation the successful candidate will champion a culture of continual improvement across the Estates function ensuring that the Plan, Do, Study, Act methodology is embedded within the Operational Workshops to drive continual improvement.

Working for our organisation

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with over 18,000 staff and an annual income of £1 billion.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We’re also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients ‘contacts’ each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • To lead a team of Estates professionals, including directly employed labour and specialist appointed contractors, in the safe / efficient operation of engineering infrastructure and delivery of engineering maintenance across the Trust Estate in support of patient care ensuring that compliance with statutory requirements and best practice is achieved at all times.
  • To actively support the development and delivery of the Estates strategy including the production of site specific 1 to 5 year development plans covering the development of Estates infrastructure, to support the clinical services, and the management of the Estate backlog maintenance.
  • To champion a culture of Quality Improvement across the Estates function ensuring that the Plan, Do, Study, Act methodology is embedded within the Operational Workshops to drive continual improvement.
  • To embed and manage a safety culture across the Directorate ensuring that all incidents and near misses are reported, recorded and investigated to ensure that root causes are identified and suitable lessons learned to prevent reoccurrence.
  • To provide expert professional advice to the organisation on all aspects of engineering and project activities.
  • To be responsible for driving forwards the Trusts ambition to be a Net Zero in Operation Estate by 2030 through the development of site specific technical proposals for the decarbonisation of the Estate and working with the Clinical teams through the delivery of the associated projects.
  • To support the Fire Safety Manager through the active management of fire safety systems across the estate.
  • To proactively manage all delegated budgets in line with Trust Standing Financial Instructions, including the procurement of materials and services, ensuring that cost reduction is embedded within the financial management process.
  • To ensure that Estates infrastructure risks are proactively identified, reported, mitigated and managed in line with the Trust risk management policy.
  • To work with the other Heads of Engineering & Building to ensure there is a common methodology for the delivery of service implemented across the organisation in line with the agreed service level agreement.
  • To be responsible for various Estates related policies and procedures such as standard operating procedures, safe systems of work and maintenance policies.
  • To work with the Capital Delivery Team to ensure that all projects are delivered in an efficient manner minimising the impact on Trust operations whilst ensuring that compliance with all statutory requirements and best practice is complied with.
  • To attend / chair meetings focussed on performance, compliance and operational delivery.
  • To participate in the Estates out of hours “on-call” senior manager service.
  • To ensure that suitable 24 hour cover for is provided to manage site services and provide an immediate emergency response.
  • To deputise for the Deputy Director of Estates (Operations and Maintenance) as required.
  • To act as the designated responsible officer to ensure that there are suitable Business continuity and Emergency Plans are in place so that patient safety is never compromised by the failure of engineering services or availability of suitably trained / competent persons.
  • To liaise with third party organisations such as the Department of Health, NHS Estates, Building Control, The Environment Agency etc.
  • To support other Directorates across the Organisation as part of the Business Planning process through the provision of expert engineering advice, including the provision of feasibility proposals and costed work estimates.
  • To manage a process of audit and reporting to provide the organisation with assurance that the required level of service is being delivered.

Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate. The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first month’s pay.

Newcastle Hospitals encourages all staff and volunteers who are appointed to join the Trust to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

For further information, or an informal discussion, on this role please contact the Department on 0191 2231666 to arrange a telephone appointment.

Person specification

Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Educated to Postgraduate / Masters level in Building Services or a related Engineering subject
  • Extensive post qualification experience and specialist knowledge of engineering services in large complex facilities / Estates
  • Registered as a Chartered Engineer with the Engineering Council or actively working towards registration
  • Significant senior management experience in the delivery of facilities maintenance services
Desirable criteria
  • Thorough knowledge of healthcare practices such as NHS Alerts, Health Technical Memoranda, Health Building Notes, Health Facilities Notes, Estate Code, etc.
  • Experienced in wider Estates issues such as Planning, Building Control, Construction (Design and Management) Regulations, etc.
  • Experience of working within heavily regulated areas such as healthcare, pharmaceutical manufacture, power generation / distribution, etc.
  • A recognised management qualification such as ILM level 5, 7 or an MBA

Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Extensive post qualification experience and specialist knowledge of engineering services in large complex facilities / Estates
  • A developed understanding of specialised practices, policies and procedures some of which are highly specialised to specific Estates, building and engineering installations and require expertise within the specialism, e.g. Disability, Discrimination Act, Health & Safety, Health Technical Memoranda’s, energy conservation etc.
  • A thorough knowledge of the Business Planning process including the use of management techniques for the capturing of data, problem modelling, options appraisal, development of key performance indicators / success factors, etc.
  • Skilled in the writing of technical reports, business cases and executive summaries
  • Experienced in the management of revenue and capital budgets in line with standing financial instructions ensuring that value management is achieved
Desirable criteria
  • An understanding of the fundamentals of Quality Improvement methodology including the use of root cause analysis and the Plan, Do, Study, Act cycle
  • Proficient in the development of long-term plans for Estate improvement and business development
  • Experienced in the management of projects in line with fixed programme, agreed budgets and government best practice, i.e. PRINCE 2

Skills

Essential criteria
  • Financial management and analytical abilities
  • High level of communication and interpersonal skills
  • Highly developed analytical and judgemental skills
  • Effective communication, presentational and reporting skills
  • Positively managing staff including performance and personal development

Behaviour

Essential criteria
  • Ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to Trust values & Core Behaviours
  • Effective leadership and motivational qualities
  • Confident and participative team leader and player
  • Effective communicator particularly at senior manager levels
  • Ability to think and manage strategically and operationally, prioritising workload
  • Self-motivated with a high level of focus, drive and energy
  • Maintains high standards of professionalism and confidentiality
  • Ability to work under pressure and constantly achieve within tight timescales
  • Ability to demonstrate/balance understanding of corporate and well as individual goals
  • Resilience and integrity- motivated to seek personal learning and career development

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Veteran AwareApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleInvestors in People: GoldMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Age positiveDisability confident employerCare quality commission - OutstandingDefence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - GoldArmed Forces Covenant Gold AwardRIDI Awards Finalist 2021Stonewall Gold 2022

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Gavin Evans
Job title
Deputy Director of Estates
Email address
gavin.evans@nhs.net
Telephone number
01912821655