Head of Hard FM
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Transforming our estate for the future
There's never been a more exciting time to join the NHS as we transform our estate to deliver 21st century care and the best possible outcomes for our patients.
Estates are at the centre of the government's plans for transforming the NHS. The NHS Long Term Plan outlines the need to 'accelerate the redesign of patient care to future-proof the NHS for the decade ahead.' We have laid the groundwork for fundamental change to enable us to deliver on this commitment across our estate and we now need you to help us reap the rewards of this work.
We have big ambitions, such as becoming the world's first net zero health system by 2040, setting global standards for healthcare providers, building 40 new state-of-the-art hospitals, and channelling investment to accelerate community-based care for patients.
This is a pivotal time in the history of the NHS and a once in a lifetime career opportunity to be part of transforming the largest estate in the country. Join us as we embark on this seismic shift to future proof our estate.
The NHS Estate
Our hospital estate spans 25 million m with 1.4 million NHS staff working across 17,000 buildings, including 1,140 hospitals and 7,500 primary care sites, our c100k staff are responsible for maintaining and running all EFM services.
With £5 billion of operational capital funding and annual expenditure of £10 billion across estates and facilities management, there's scope to make real change across our estate.
Main duties of the job
About the role
Reporting to the Associate Director of Estates Operations, you will provide technical advice to support operational safety and drive the development of technical guidance.
Accountable for safety regulations and legislation, your focus will be on critical aspects of patient safety and improvement; delivering the recommendations of the Lord Carter and Sir Robert Naylor reviews.
Your responsibility for developing robust and progressive hard FM assurance guidance that meet legislative requirements will ensure a safe and fit for purpose estate. You will be adept at developing strategic and operational policies and reports to promote innovative ways of delivery.
You will lead the hard FM team, overseeing and guiding their workload and creating a positive working culture to drive reforms for safety and excellence.
An NHS champion of EFM careers, you will help to raise the profile of engineering and STEM careers.
A chartered engineer, you will have deep knowledge and experience of EFM technical guidance and standards, with specialist experience in one or more area relevant to the NHS.
You'll bring innovative new ideas to the role, with the communication skills and energy to drive change and build trusted relationships. You'll be able to translate complex, technical information into simple clear reporting, documentation, and advice to the Senior Leadership Team.
You'll also be passionate about professional development which we will support.
The National Estates and Facilities Team
The purpose of our team is to provide a clean, safe, and sustainable estate and patient environment across the NHS.
The team of c120 people is made up of a diverse mix of skills and expertise but we have a common purpose - to provide the best possible services and outcomes for our patients. We work across all aspects of estates and facilities functions from national policies and workforce strategy to regional and local delivery through local healthcare systems.
Why join us
People are central to what we do - both in terms of our patient-led care but just as importantly, our brilliant team. We are committed to building a diverse, inclusive, and compassionate workforce supporting everyone to reach their full potential.
This means we care about your professional development and training as well as your personal health and wellbeing. You'll be joining a supportive and friendly team where you can truly be yourself. You'll also have access to fantastic benefits such as our pension scheme, great annual leave entitlement and flexible working opportunities to give you the work/life balance that suits your lifestyle and caring responsibilities.
If you are passionate about estates and facilities and want to make a tangible difference to people's lives, join us on this exciting journey.
You can find further details about the job, organisational structure, recruitment profile, expected outcomes and benefits information in the attached Job Description and other supporting documents.
How to apply
Please see the job description for further information butfor an informal discussion please contact Fiona Daly, Director of Estates Sustainability and Workforce and National Deputy Director of Estate at Fiona.Daly1@nhs.net.
Closing date: Friday 1st December 2023.
We particularly welcome applications from under-represented groups, especially disabled, female, and Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, who are currently under-represented at this level within our workforce.
Application Form Supporting Statement Guidelines
To help us build a better picture of how you can help us meet our ambitions, we would like you to respond to the following questions in the Supporting Statement section in the job application form:
- What values, behaviours and leadership expertise will you bring to our team and how will this help us in achieving our goals?
- What expertise do you have of leading and coordinating specialist technical programmes, including outsourced services?
- What expertise do you have in distilling highly technical information to allow senior leaders to make informed decisions?
- What innovation do you believe you can bring to the role?
- How does this role fit with your career so far and your long-term career aspirations?
- What sets you apart from the other candidates?
Please also confirm you are a chartered engineer or architect and include your professional registration number.
Knowledge and Experience
Skills and Experience
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).