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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 05/12/2019.

Building Crafts Person

Job Reference: 319-1929993RW-B

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Estates and Facilities
Hexham General Hospital, Hexham
£21,089 to £23,761 per annum

We are one of the country’s top performing NHS Foundation Trusts, looking after the wellbeing of around half a million people across Northumberland and North Tyneside – one of the largest geographical areas of any NHS Trust in England.

We deliver care from 11 acute sites including an emergency care hospital, general and community hospitals, an outpatient and diagnostic centre, an elderly care unit and an integrated health and social care facility.

We are rated ‘outstanding’ overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). We are one of the North East’s largest employers with 9,500 dedicated members of staff. We have a Council of Governors with 70 members, representing the public, staff and some of our external partners.

We invest heavily in staff to ensure that the best talent is attracted, developed, looked after, and retained in every area of the organisation. Staff satisfaction is high and our staff consistently rate us as one of the best places to work in the NHS.

We were one of the first NHS Trusts to receive foundation status, and have been a foundation trust for over a decade.

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Please note that it is a requirement of this employer that all successful applicants pay for their own DBS certification if a DBS check is required for the post. The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first monthly pay.


Northumbria Healthcare Facilities Management Ltd is seeking to recruit a Building Craftsperson for its Hexham General Hospital and other sites across Northumberland and North Tyneside.

The successful candidates will be part of the Estates team responsible to the Estates Officer for all building services within Hexham General Hospital and Trust wide. Applications are invited for the post of Building Craftsperson within the Estates Operational Maintenance team.

The Craftsperson will be part of a team of building craftsmen ensuring that buildings are maintained to an appropriate standard to support clinical service departments in their prime task of treating patients and maintaining environment for patients, visitors and colleagues.

The appointed individual will support the site operational Building management staff with the day to day operational building maintenance, which will include, effectively diagnose and repair faults in building structure, fabric and finishes to deal with new situations as they arise and to pass on knowledge to others. To set out new work or set up new production appropriate to his/her trade using relevant instruments without supervision. To manufacture, assemble, erect and install new work.

The successful candidate will be required to participate in an on call rota which could necessitate them being asked to return to work to deal with emergency situations which could arise out of working hours.. The post-holder will be an integral part of a strong site based locality team structure. As an experienced individual who will be the first line Building services crafts person for all day to day breakdowns, repairs and planned preventative maintenance works, principally undertaken by yourself as a directly employed craftsmen and sub-contractors. You will be versatile and able to handle conflicting priorities within this dynamic hospital environment, possessing great interpersonal skills that will allow you to effectively communicate with technical and non-technical customers. You will already have significant building services experience and have the ability to work under pressure.

Essential Criteria:

  • Minimum BTEC or City & Guilds in Joinery/Painting & Decorating, or *equivalent
  • Recognised CITB Craft Apprenticeship or *equivalent (*Equivalent experience will be agreed by interviewing panel & HR. )
  • Previous post apprenticeship experience or equivalent proven ability.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Phil Hall - 01434 655670

Closing date: 5th December 2019

At Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, we believe that our staff are the foundation for all that we do. The Trust recognises its role in supporting the health and wellbeing of its staff and it taking positive action in this respect. We have a range of initiatives and support for staff including psychology and counselling, physiotherapy, physical activity opportunities and healthy food choices on site.

The Trust is completely smoke free from March 2018. We do not discriminate against people who smoke but we do require all staff to be smoke free whilst at work and we have a range of support in place to help and support staff with this.

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