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Fire Safety Advisor

Wrightington Wigan & Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Fire Safety Advisor will provide advice and assurance on matters of fire safety through a Shared Estates Service, serving the needs of Wrightington Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Community Health Services NHS Trust and partner organisations, ensuring that the needs and expectations of all stakeholders are met.

Main duties of the job

The role will provide support to the Fire Safety Manager and the wider Estates and Facilities Team of a Shared Estates Service. The services will be delivered in line with all relevant legislation, regulation, and guidance appertaining to the field of work.

The role will support Estates colleagues and Client Teams across the Trusts and its partner organisations contributing to the overall management of Fire Safety projects, Policies/Procedures, and Fire Safety improvement initiatives.

The post holder will be responsible for ensuring staff, patients and visitors are able to deliver / receive the required level of care in a safe and appropriate Healthcare environment.

About us

Choose Well - Choose WWL

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are the proud providers of acute hospital and community services to the people of the Wigan Borough and surrounding areas. At WWL, we value our staff believing that 'happy staff, makes for happy patients'. We have a recognised track record in staff engagement, and living our values 'the WWL Way'.

WWL are committed to placing the patient at the heart of everything we do, and in the provision of safe, effective care that acknowledges and ensures dignity. With this in mind we are seeking to recruit people who share our values and beliefs.


Please note that senior positions (AFC band 8A or above) may be expected to participate in an on-call rota, if the role is predominantly operational.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Planning and Organisational Duties
  • Development and maintenance of a long-term Fire Safety Strategy for the Trust which incorporates prioritised actions in respect of practical fire safety improvements.
  • Provide on-going planning, preparation co-ordination and collaboration with identified divisional leads for the Trusts annual assessment against the Firecode management certificate of compliance and the General Risk Management Standards in order to secure compliance with and progression to, increased compliance levels.
  • Liaise with Divisions and Directorates on all aspects of Fire Safety Management, to provide specialist advice in delivering against corporate and divisional/directorate risk management objectives.
  • Plan and organise regular fire drills and staff training, witnessing the effectiveness, or otherwise, of fire drills and recommending remedial action when necessary.
  • Plan, prepare, produce and regularly revise existing and new complex Fire Safety management policies, procedures and documentation to ensure it is maintained up to date and complies with both local and national recommendations.
  • Plan and conduct complex / highly complex fire risk assessments and fire safety audits throughout the trust.
  • Identify, plan, prepare, and deliver a schedule of generic and specific Fire safety management training programmes throughout the year to ensure all staff groups and divisions are kept up to date on both local and National Fire Safety Management initiatives and requirements.
  • Provide highly complex, often contentious specialist advice to management, contractors, external consultants and external agencies such as local authority building control in the pragmatic interpretation and application of the provisions of complex legislation, Firecode and other legal guidance in respect of fire safety systems within the Trust. This occurs at short notice and involves disruption to planned work patterns.
  • Provide specialist advice to management of their initial and continuing responsibilities in respect of their designated premises, under the Regulatory reform (fire safety) Order 2005 and associated legislation.
  • Regularly liaise with appropriate staff, external contractors and planning teams, local authority building control and fire authorities in the specification of fire precautions and systems in new and existing premises.
  • Ensure that the presence and activities of contractors working on site does not subvert fire precautions in existing premises by ensuring that the contractor has adequate arrangements in place.

Communications and Key Working Relationships
  • Communication of developments in fire safety.
  • Close working with the Capital Project Officers and Estates Managers communicating and translating requirements of Fire Safety Legislation and Guidance.
  • Cascading of information relating to Fire Safety across all divisions.
  • Close working with other Divisional Heads of Governance to ensure that Fire safety issues are addressed.

Responsibility for Finance

Assist the Budget Holder for the Fire Safety Department
  • Assist to prioritise the assignment of the annual capital allocation budget for Firecode and statutory works in conjunction with the Head of Capital and Property Services.

Responsibility for Human Resources
  • Ensure they work within the parameters of all Trust policies and procedures.
  • Contribute their skills to enable teams to deliver safe effective services.

Responsibility for Health & Safety
  • Ensure that all work is carried out in a safe manner with due regard to Health & Safety regulations.
  • Assist in ensuring a safe place of work is maintained.
  • Mandatory training ensure compliance with accordance with Trust policies.
  • To ensure their own actions reduce risks to health and safety and to promote a health and safety culture within the workplace.
  • To respond to emergencies as appropriate.

Compliance with the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 the post holder is required to fulfil a proactive role towards the management of risk in all of their actions. This entails the risk assessment of all situations, the taking of appropriate actions and reporting of all incidents, near misses and hazards, and a statutory duty of care for their own personal safety and that of others who may be affected by their acts or omissions.

Responsibility for Teaching
  • Prepare and deliver Trust-wide fire safety management training to all staff groups and grades attending corporate Induction and Mandatory training programs.
  • Prepare and deliver Trust-wide specialist fire safety specific training programmes in order to meet identified local and national training requirements / directives.
  • Preparing programmes for the fire response team and designated staff within the Trust.
  • Prepares and provides evidence-based training sessions, resources and support in respect of the principles of Incident control, incident reporting, Fire risk management/patient safety, risk assessment and the standards and recommendations of the Firecode suite of documents and controls assurance standards to facilitate the continued development of enhanced patient and staff safety standards and practices.
  • Create PowerPoint presentations for training, meetings and presentations.
  • Expand external client base to income generate through training provision.

Work Circumstances & on-call
  • This is a 37.5 hour post based at Buckingham Row but with requirement to work across all sites.
  • Provide services on 24 hour, 7 days a week as and when the service demands.

No on call duty is required.

Person Specification



  • oScience- or engineering-based education or extensive experience of fire safety.
  • oCertificate in Training Practice or extensive experience of preparing and delivering training.
  • oMembership of a professional organisation (e.g. the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) the Institute of Fire Prevention Officers (IFPO), Institute of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM).


  • oProfessional qualification in a fire-related subject.
  • oTraining in healthcare fire safety.
  • oRegistered as a fire risk assessor with a recognised accreditation body.



  • oExperience of preparing and delivering training courses.
  • oExperience of working across organisational boundaries to improve standards.
  • oExperience of working with external agencies and influencing internal change.
  • oExperience and knowledge of undertaking fire risk assessment.
  • oExperience in auditing fire risk assessments.
  • oPractical knowledge and interpretation of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
  • oPractical knowledge and interpretation of the Building Regulations.
  • oExperience of working on own and as a member of a team.
  • oExperience of working in a health care setting.
  • oAbility to prioritise workload effectively.
  • oCan meet deadlines within allotted time frames.
  • oWorking with sensitive / confidential information.


  • oPractical knowledge, interpretation and application of the HTM 05 series of documents.
  • oUnderstanding of fire modelling techniques.
  • oExperience of checking plans and giving advice on fire safety proposals.
  • oKnowledge of risk management techniques.



  • oHighly developed and effective negotiating and influencing skills and ability to develop and maintain constructive relationships with professional and managerial disciplines.
  • oHighly developed and effective verbal and written communication skills. oUnderstanding the principles of risk assessment.
  • oUnderstanding the principles of risk assessment.
  • oGood organisational skills with practical and methodical project planning and ability to manage a number of concurrent schemes.
  • oThe ability to concentrate for long periods of time and prioritise and manage a varied and unpredictable work pattern.
  • oAble to satisfy the physical demands of the job.
  • oOccasional working at heights and in confined spaces e.g. scaffold or roof voids.
  • oOccasional moderate physical effort required as duties dictate e.g. evacuation of patients etc.
  • oOccasional moving of heavy equipment e.g. extinguishers, training equipment.


  • oKnowledge of clinical audit / research methodology.
  • oKnowledge of statistical techniques.



  • oUp to date knowledge of root cause analysis investigation methodology.


  • oUp to date knowledge of the Datix risk management system.
  • oUnderstanding of NHS policy and other key documents.



  • oFlexible and positive approach to work.
  • oEnthusiasm/motivation.
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