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Shift Maintenance Technician

Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year per annum + £3300 (circa) flexibility pay + shift enhancements
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

The advertised post is for 37.5 hrs per week, Monday to Sunday participating on a 5-man rotary shift pattern working mornings 7 - 3, afternoons 3 - 11 and nights 11 - 7, the post holder will be required to provide shift cover for annual leave and sickness as required.

Experience of the following is not essential but would be beneficial:Electrical distribution systems, generators, CHP, nurse call systems, fire alarm systems, boiler plant, steam and condensate systems, HVAC, compressors, and piped medical gases.

Main duties of the job

Ideally you will have completed a recognised engineering apprenticeship gaining Advanced City and Guilds / NVQ Level 3 qualification or equivalent, with five years post apprenticeship experience, working on mechanical and electrical plant and equipment. However, candidates who can demonstrate relevant experience will be considered.

About us

All new colleagues can expect to receive a warm and friendly Wirral welcome from the very first time they make contact with us. We are described as \competent and caring staff by our patients.

Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is situated on The Wirral peninsula which has a stunning coastline and beautiful countryside surroundings, with great activities for its residents.

We are one of the largest and busiest acute Trusts in the North West of England, comprising of the Wirral's only Emergency Department. We provide a high quality range of acute care services and employ over 6,000 staff, who serve a population of approximately 400,000 people across Wirral, Ellesmere Port, Neston, North Wales and the wider North West footprint.

We have approximately 855 beds trust-wide and our financial turnover is in excess of �337m.

The Wirral is easily accessible with excellent transport links including motorway, train, bus or ferry and within easy reach to the major cities of Liverpool, Chester and Manchester as well as neighbouring North Wales.

Job description

Job responsibilities

STEAM BOILERS: The post holder must have a sound knowledge in steam raising plant together with steam and condensate distribution systems that also includes specific knowledge of boiler chemistry testing and legal / health and safety requirements. The post holders should be capable of dismantling, overhauling and rebuilding all parts of a steam boiler for annual insurance survey. Ensure steam boiler daily / weekly tests are carried out, witness weekly test by shift maintenance assistants as required by Wirral Hospital (NHS) Trust Health and Safety Procedures.

BORE HOLE WATER; Checking water abstracted on site for levels of Manganese and Chlorine. Taking meter readings and taking samples for testing.

HYDROTHERAPY POOL: Ensure that the pool water is tested and meets laid down criteria for level of; chlorine, alkalinity, water hardness, water balance, temperature etc. Collecting samples and despatching to Bacteriology Department for testing.

RESPONSIVE WORK: Respond to phone calls and pager messages from wards and departments to resolve issues such as: Trapped passenger release (lifts), localised electrical failures, mains electrical failures (low voltage), fire alarm calls, intruder alarms, mechanical services failures, blocked drains, floods, sterilising equipment failure, medical gas cylinder replacement, medical gas terminal units.

FIRE ALARMS; In the event of a fire alarm call, at any building or part of a building. The post holder will report to the activated fire alarm panel, where they will meet and work in conjunction with members of the Fire Brigade until all are satisfied that there is no threat from fire or other appropriate action is initiated.

PLANTROOM INSPECTIONS: To monitor the operational status of essential mechanical and electrical plant by means of a visual inspection on a per shift basis. Operational status is also checked by use of a computerised building energy management system (BEMS). Essential equipment includes; domestic hot water, ventilation (including operating theatres), heating services, steam calorifiers, gas boilers, fire alarms and medical gas plant. Defects found are either rectified or reported to the Maintenance Supervisor.

EMERGENCY GENERATORS; To carry out the safe and efficient switching of emergency generators in the event of an emergency power failure. This includes recording and logging data of test runs, participating on a scheduled testing regime to maintain familiarisation and undertaking training from Estates Officers when major network / distribution changes occur.

COMBINED HEAT & POWER UNIT; To monitor the operation of the plant. Taking action to restart or provide alternative methods of heating to areas of the hospital, when a failure has occurred.

TRAPPED PASSENGER RELEASE: (In the event of a lift, containing passengers, breaking down) To safely release passengers trapped inside lifts. This involves a small team of trained personnel taking control of the situation and completing a safe and efficient rescue.

MEDICAL GASES: maintains stock levels, delivery on site and ensures the safe connection of all portable medical gases used on WHT properties.

Person Specification

Qualifications, Specific Experience & Training


  • Sound Secondary education with evidence (eg. CSE's, O' Levels, GCSE's or NVQ's)
  • A recognised engineering apprenticeship
  • Advanced City and Guilds / NVQ Level 3 qualification or equivalent, with five years post apprenticeship experience, working on mechanical and electrical plant and equipment


  • HNC / HND in Mechanical / Electrical engineering

Other Requirements


  • Work at height and in confined spaces using appropriate PPE


  • Full driving licence for private light goods vehicle

Personal Attributes


  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work in close proximity to staff patients and public
  • Good time management

Knowledge and Skills


  • Understanding of current Health & Safety Legislation, including Asbestos and COSHH
  • Ability to integrate into a rotary shift pattern
  • Ability to work in a multi skilled way carrying out duties of other engineering and building trades groups


  • Experience of working within an engineering Maintenance / FM organisation or equivalent
  • Sound understanding of building services
  • Previous experience working within a Hospital Maintenance environment
  • Prioritise work load to perform in an efficient manner
  • Understanding of hard FM services

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