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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 21/01/2021.

Fire Safety Officer

Job Reference: 297-QEF225-21

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
Health & Safety
£37,287 per annum


Please note should your application be successful, we will contact you via the email address you have provided on your application form.


All references from current and previous employers will be sought and MUST cover a minimum of 3 years employment. Therefore, when completing the reference section of your application form, please give the address, telephone number and work email address of each of your current/previous line managers that cover 3 years employment. Where possible this should be from two seperate employers. Failure to complete this section may result in your application not being processed.

PLEASE NOTE it is a requirement of this Trust that all successful applicants pay for their DBS certificate if a check is required for the post. There are two methods of payment either directly through the online portal using a credit or debit card or through deduction from your monthly pay over a maximum of three months.

All new entrants to the NHS will be appointed on the minimum of the pay scale in line with Agenda For Change Terms & Conditions.

QE Facilities (QEF) is a wholly owned subsidiary company of Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust (GHNT), based in the North East of England.

We provide a range of non- clinical services to GHNT and other NHS organisations. Our services include: estates, facilities services, procurement, medical engineering and devices, endoscopy decontamination and sterile services, transport, out-patient pharmacy, and prevention & management of violence & aggression training (PMVA). In addition we provide consultancy services, advising clients on all aspects of establishing a subsidiary company within an NHS body to the provision of VAT compliance advice.



Base: Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust

Note: All new appointments are subject to 6 months’ probation period.


This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to lead the delivery of fire safety advice to an NHS Trust based in Gateshead. As part of the Company’s Risk Management team & working alongside the Estates team based at Gateshead, you will be responsible for delivering all practical elements of the Trust’s fire management strategy and engaging with all key stakeholders to ensure fire safety is high on the operational agenda. In addition to this you will oversee and co-ordinate all training activity required to ensure the Trust and QEF are compliant.


As Duty Holder for fire safety you will ensure the Trust and QEF meets all the legal requirements placed upon it under the Fire Regulatory Reform Order and Health technical Memorandums [HTM’s] and put standards in place as a reference for all staff.


You will be QEF fire compliance subject matter expert for this contract and together with our Fire Safety Officer based in Darlington be the point of reference across QEF sites. You will ensure an effective management systems are in place, as well as audit and oversee corrective actions.


As the key point of contact for the Trust when liaising with external authorities and agencies you will work collaboratively with our Procurement and Maintenance teams, developing an effective communication system that keeps all staff up to date with current policies and procedures.

Key elements of the role include: fire safety inspections of all facilities, addressing or escalating these violations; adhere to laws and policies including the issue of hot works permits; management of fire equipment maintenance; provision of, Induction, education and training to all QEF & Trust staff members

The safety of patients, visitors, customers and staff will be your priority. An engaging communicator who always acts with integrity and understanding of others is vital. You will be a member of a relevant professional body / institute, NEBOSH fire certificate qualified, experience of delivering fire safety across a diverse, multi-site environment & possess a solid knowledge of fire safety codes and regulations, preventative measures, maintenance of building safety standards, plus the creation and implementation of safety policies and training.


Informal enquiries are welcomed by Tony Pratt, Head of Estates, 0191 4452457 or John Adamson Compliance Officer - 0191 4452329

Applicants who have not been contacted within 4 weeks of the closing date are to assume that their application has been unsuccessful.

Applications are welcomed from candidates who may require sponsorship through the UK Border Agency to work in the UK. However, those candidates must be aware that appointment to the post may not be considered if a suitably qualified experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available and/or the post does not attract sufficient points. During the interview process, all candidates will be requested to provide appropriate original documentation to ensure their legal right to work in the UK may be verified.

Candidates who require sponsorship are strongly advised to visit the UK Border Agency website and familiarise themselves with what is required. There is a facility on this site to access the points based calculator and work through an example which should assist candidates in their understanding of the process.

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust is a smoke free organisation in line with Smoke Free Gateshead

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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.

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