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Fire Safety Advisor

Employer
Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Brighton
Salary
Depending on experience 33706-40588 per annum
Closing date
20 Feb 2024

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Sector
Healthcare
Contract Type
Permanent

Job Details

Band 6

Job summary

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) is the largest community healthcare provider in Sussex.

We are delighted to offer the opportunity to work as part of a busy professional team providing fire safety management guidance and support throughout the trust.

This is an excellent opportunity to work within the Trust's Fire & Security Team in providing advice, support and expertise as a Fire Safety Advisor, so as to ensure the continued high standards of compliance within the Trust.

The post holder will work closely with staff throughout the Trust in identifying and managing fire safety risks and promoting good fire safety practice to all Trust staff within a large and agile organisation.

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate previous experience of fire prevention within a multidisciplinary organisation as well as a working knowledge of fire legislation, standards and safety techniques.

The Fire Safety Advisor must also be able to use competent IT skills in the production of risk assessments and reports, as well as the management of emails and busy calendars where time management will be vital, as the post holder will frequently travel between a number of sites across Sussex.

Main duties of the job

The primary focus of this role is to ensure there are safe and effective systems and process for the management of Fire Safety across the Trust.

The post holder will work collaboratively with the Head of Fire and Security to ensure that Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust meets its obligations under Fire Safety legislation by developing, implementing and reviewing robust fire safety management systems, policies and procedures

The post holder will provide expertise, advice and support to Trust staff regarding Fire Safety and training.

The post holder will be responsible for communicating and promoting good fire safety practice throughout the trust at all levels of staffing.

The post holder will support staff in realising a culture of positive and proactive fire safety management, risk assessment and learning.

The post holder will facilitate excellent fire safety management and practice throughout the Trust including raising awareness and working with staff and senior managers to reduce the Trust's exposure to all risks, and advising managers to ensure a secure and safe environment for all Trust staff, patients and visitors

About us

The primary focus of this role is to ensure there are safe and effective systems and process for the management of Fire Safety across the Trust.

The post holder will work collaboratively with the Head of Fire and Security to ensure that Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust meets its obligations under Fire Safety legislation by developing, implementing and reviewing robust fire safety management systems, policies and procedures

The post holder will provide expertise, advice and support to Trust staff regarding Fire Safety and training.

The post holder will be responsible for communicating and promoting good fire safety practice throughout the trust at all levels of staffing.

The post holder will support staff in realising a culture of positive and proactive fire safety management, risk assessment and learning.

The post holder will facilitate excellent fire safety management and practice throughout the Trust including raising awareness and working with staff and senior managers to reduce the Trust's exposure to all risks, and advising managers to ensure a secure and safe environment for all Trust staff, patients and visitors.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Effective liaison and communication with Trust Staff, suppliers, manufacturers and outside organisations in relation to all aspects of fire safety management; procurement, maintenance, training, investigation of incidents, device training and working collaboratively with other colleagues in the fire and fire safety team.

Acts as an information resource for trust staff and external agencies, responsible for sign posting colleagues to the most appropriate service to assist with fire safety management utilising strong skills of negotiation and influence.

Site fire safety risk assessment reports and findings, fire safety data analysis, fire safety training data analysis

Presentations delivered by both verbal and graphical delivery methods to a wide range of audiences.

Key responsibilities

Ensure the Trust meets its statutory requirements and operates in line with national guidance, frameworks and best practice with regard to Fire safety Management, staff safety and property protection.

Finance - Support the Head of Fire and Security with managing a delegated budget as required by the Chief Finance Officer. The post holder is responsible for the effective and efficient use of the physical assets made available to them by the Trust.

Main tasks

Provide specialist advice, support, training and guidance on all aspects of fire safety.

Contribute to the departmental business plan annually and develop an annual work plan in line with local and statutory requirements.

Ensure the Trust is made aware of new applicable fire safety legislation as it arises.

Ensure that robust systems are in place for the identification, management, reporting investigation and learning from fire safety incidents including Serious Untoward Incident (SUI) investigation and input into the SUI panel as appropriate.

Ensure that actions are identified and undertaken to decrease the risk of fire safety related incidents occurring and to improve outcomes in relation to patient, staff and visitor safety.

Develop, monitor, implement and review strategies, policies and procedures to promote and develop best practice fire safety systems for the Trust, liaising with appropriate managers and ensuring compliance with statutory responsibilities.

Effective liaison and communication with all Trust staff in relation to fire safety policies, procedures and guidelines ensuring that all staff are aware of their statutory responsibilities.

Develop and maintain the fire safety sections of the Trusts intranet and internet sites in a timely manner. Ensure the sites provide relevant and up to date information for staff, patients and the public on fire safety issues. Contribute to all other internal and external Trust publications as required.

Provide advice, consultation and support to managers and staff as part of the overall approach to risk identification and reduction in numbers, probability and impact of fire safety incidents.

As Fire Safety Advisor, support and contribute to the development of the Trusts Risk Register, ensuring best practice at all times in the management of adverse events and the implementation of action plans whilst supporting staff and managers in developing fire safety management systems.

Manage the production and co-ordination of all fire safety risk assessments, site inspections and audits in line with the Regulatory Reform Order (Fire Safety) Act 2005, developing, implementing and monitoring action plans to reduce identified areas of risk escalating areas of concern in line with Trust policy.

Support and guide the implementation, monitoring and compliance with other audits including external organisations as required such as the Health and Safety Executive, and prepare and monitor action plans.

Ensure that high quality fire safety training is provided to Trust staff in line with statutory requirements and targets such as the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, the Fire Safety Order 2005 and NHS Fire Codes HTM 05.

Undertake training needs analysis to identify the fire safety training needs of the Trust, formulating a training plan to deliver appropriate and timely training.

Contribute to the Trusts induction programmes, providing the first level of mandatory fire safety training for new starters within the regular corporate induction.

Develop and make available a range of learning materials and methods, including e-learning, to support and develop compliance with mandatory fire safety training.

Monitor and report on fire safety training statistics and outcomes against the training plan and training needs analysis, escalating areas of concern in line with Trust policy.

Liaise effectively with the central training administration team to ensure that training records are accurate, up to date and that appropriate reports can be produced as required.

Ensure up to date knowledge of all regulatory framework and best practice, making the Trust aware of changes as they arise including the production of timely management briefings.

Ensure corporate policies, process, practice and evidence is in place to meet the requirements of the Care Quality Commission outcomes and regulations with regards to fire safety.

Liaise with external assessors and regulators, providing information and evidence as required.

Support the fire safety team to fulfil the Trusts obligations under the Regulatory Reform Order (Fire Safety) Act 2005 including completing Fire Risk Assessments in relation to the workplace.

Proactively work with Directors, Deputy Directors, Managers, Clinical Staff and other stakeholders to ensure that the Trusts fire safety processes meet the business requirements of the organisation.

Work closely with colleagues in similar posts in partner organisations across the region and nationally to ensure the delivery of fire safety best practice across all organisations.

Establish, develop and maintain appropriate databases and reporting systems in relating to fire safety data

Establish and report against quality outcome benchmarks and trigger points, using these as an early warning system in relation to fire safety issues.

Undertake an advisory role in ensuring fire safety data is collected, managed and reported accurately and appropriately both for internal and external recipients, liaising with the Information Management team as required.

Analyse fire safety related data from multiple sources, drawing conclusions and making recommendations to the Trust on appropriate action(s) to be taken.

Work with colleagues both within and external to the Estates team to ensure that fire safety data is triangulated with other measures to identify trends and highlight areas of concern to the appropriate Trust committee(s).

Provide qualitative and quantitative information with supporting narrative regarding fire safety as required.

To produce regular high quality fire safety management reports on the Trusts performance and health and safety targets in a timely manner.

To ensure that all statutory returns to external agencies are completed in a timely manner

To support and attend appropriate committees and any other relevant meetings, preparing briefing papers and co-ordinating reports and policies for executive and Trust Board approval.

Represent the Trusts fire safety function at external meetings, forums and seminars.

Contribute to the clinical and corporate governance process by identifying and acting appropriately regarding incidents of poor practice through incident reporting, audit and research, in line with Trust policy and procedure.

Work collaboratively with colleagues in the compliance team and wider estates and facilities Directorate to provide a comprehensive and co-ordinated approach to fire safety risk mitigation across the Trust.

Person Specification

Qualification and/or professional registration

Essential
  • Educated to Degree level or able to demonstrate equivalent level of fire safety management competency
  • NEBOSH (General Certificate) or CFPA Diploma in Fire prevention

Desirable
  • Evidence of continuous professional development
  • Membership of professional body such as Institute of Fire Engineers or Fire Prevention Officers
  • Membership of National Association of Healthcare Fire Officers
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in the application of the Fire code and Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and Firecode HTM 05-01 / 02 / 03 suite of documents.
  • Practical knowledge of interpreting Building Regulations.
  • Qualified trainer

Experience

Essential
  • In-depth experience in a Fire prevention advisory role, within the NHS/ multidisciplinary organisation or similar enforcement role
  • Experience in developing and delivering training programmes for fire safety training
  • Detailed knowledge of current Health & Safety legislation and best practice with regard to Fire Safety
  • Experience of developing and implementing policies and standard operating procedures
  • Experience of undertaking investigations and preparing reports on fire incidents
  • Experience of undertaking detailed fire safety audits
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in the application of the Firecode and Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and Firecode HTM.
  • Practical knowledge of interpreting Building Regulations.
  • Working knowledge of Fire Safety, fire risk techniques, Fire legislation, relevant statutes, codes of practice, British Standards and Fire Safety training

Desirable
  • Proven track record of working across a range of organisations / agencies to deliver Fire related projects / operational work.
  • Working for a large, complex organisation.
  • Working in a large, complex NHS Trust
  • Project Management

Skills and Knowledge

Essential
  • Knowledge of fire safety management systems
  • Ability to support the development and delivery of specialist training, in a meaningful way, to staff across all disciplines within the organisation
  • Ability to assist in preparation of highly complex and contentious information suitable for a wide audience.
  • Ability to work with service managers to ensure effective application of fire safety management systems.
  • Strong critical analysis, problem-solving and evaluative skills.
  • Ability to communicate and liaise with a wide range of people in a tactful, supportive and diplomatic manner.

Desirable
  • Ability to influence and establish personal credibility through personal and professional approach to all levels of the organisation.
  • Willing to develop a working knowledge of investigative and analytical skills so as to carry out workplace and other incident-related assessments.
  • Willingness to study for and obtain fire industry qualification.
  • Ability to contribute to department budget setting and assist in ensuring financial spend is within targets.

Other requirements

Essential
  • Ability to travel independently to other locations as necessary.

Desirable
  • Ability to deliver within prescribed timescales

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Brighton General Hospital

Elm Grove

Brighton

BN2 3EW

Employer's website

https://www.sussexcommunity.nhs.uk/work-with-us/ (Opens in a new tab)

Company

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) offers diverse employment opportunities across Sussex.

We employ over 8,400 full time, part time and bank staff, and our expert teams deliver a wide range of medical, nursing and therapeutic care to over 10,000 people a day, serving a total population of 1.3 million.

Why join our #CommunityThatCares at SCFT?

  • Flexible working patterns offered across our services
  • Ongoing training and development tailored to your needs
  • Excellent research opportunities
  • BAME, Disability and Wellbeing, LGBT+ and Religion and Belief staff networks 
  • Level 3 Disability Confident Leader
  • Free health and wellbeing checks for all staff
  • Workplace nurseries rated Good and Outstanding by Ofsted

SCFT is an inclusive employer that promotes equality and challenges discrimination, and welcomes applications from people of all backgrounds. Applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, disabled candidates and LGBT+ candidates are particularly encouraged, to ensure the Trust’s workforce reflects the diverse communities it serves.

Contact our friendly Recruitment team on 01273 242227 or sc-tr.recruitment@nhs.net.

Check out our latest video, showing what it’s like to be an Allied Health Professional with us.....

Company info
Website
Telephone
01273 696011
Location
Glynde Building
Brighton General Hospital
Elm Grove
Brighton
East Sussex
BN2 3EW
GB

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