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Facilities Assistant

Job Reference: 379-COOJAN011-19

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
Facilities & Estates
Newhaven Downs Community Hospital, Brighton
£17,460 - £18,702 per annum

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If you have not heard from us within two weeks of the closing date, please assume your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join a highly motivated, dedicated team of Facilities Assistants at the Newhaven Downs Community Hospital


The successful candidate will provide high quality, prompt and efficient hotel services to patients, staff and visitors in an efficient and safe manner. They will be required to maintain a high standard of hygiene and cleanliness, as defined in the National Specification for Cleanliness;to regenerate and serve patient meals and to be responsive to portering service needs as they arise, undertaking the necessary duties to ensure an efficient Hotel Services function in both patient and non-patient environments.


The successful candidate will be reliable, flexible, and a good team player who possesses good interpersonal and communication skills. They will have a proven track record of delivering a high quality cleaning, catering and portering service and be able to exhibit courtesy and efficiency to patients, visitors and users at all times.


We are looking for forward thinking people who lead by example and have a hands on approach with a track record of improving cleaning standards. Excellent communication skills are key, together with the ability to effectively organise and prioritise tasks. Flexibility to work a wide range of shift Monday – Sunday day/night is also essential. The successful candidates will need to be fully aware of the Trust’s Values & Behaviours and Patient First act as role models for this initiative.


Selection will be through an interview process.


    • Posts in the Trust are 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 to check for any previous criminal spent and unspent convictions, reprimands, and cautions.
    • Appointment to this role will commence at the lowest salary point unless confirmed otherwise by HR Employment Services (Recruitment, Administration & Terms and Conditions)

We may also use this advert to build our Bank staff. If you are unsuccessful at interview for a substantive role but meet the BSUH standards you may be offered a bank post.

If this post attracts sufficient interest before the closing date, we may decide to close this vacancy at an earlier date, so an early application is advised.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Paul Tullett by email - or Eloise Kempshall by email -

Please ensure that you have read the Job Description in full before applying and that referees provided are your Line Managers over the last 3 years.

It is also important that any gaps in your employment history during this period are accounted for.

The Trust welcomes applications from everyone, especially those from underrepresented groups. There are a number of initiatives to support staff members from diverse backgrounds including:

  • Belief Initiatives and Support
  • Charity/ Volunteering
  • Diversity &Inclusion Training
  • Disability Support
  • Early Careers Initiatives
  • Ex- Armed forces Initiatives
  • Home working/ Flexible working Initiatives
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • General Accessibility
  • Staff Network Groups

If you need more information, or help with the application process, please see the HR Mission Statement (to the right) or contact the HR Employment Services Team on 01444 448692 or 01444 448616.

All staff members have a responsibility to treat colleagues, patients and clients with respect and to ensure that work environments remain secure, inclusive and mutually supportive.

Applications for Tier 2 sponsorship are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications, however under the Residence Labour Market Test non-EEA candidates may not be appointed if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available. For further information please visit UK Border Agency website.

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals ensures equity of access and the delivery of our services through the provision of interpreter services, facilities for the disabled and sensitivity for towards ethnic, cultural and religious differences and needs

Please note we are a Smoke Free Trust. Smoking is not permitted on any of the Premises, grounds or in any Trust owned vehicle.

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.

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