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Health, Safety & Security Management Specialist

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
23 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

A new and developing opportunity has become available within the Estates and Facilities Directorate for a Health, Safety and Security Management Specialist, to work alongside multi-disciplined colleagues within Berkshire Healthcare's Compliance and Risk Team. We are based in central Reading where we provide support to Berkshire Healthcare staff, across a geographically wide and varied estate which supports our community based services.

Working with and supporting the Trust's Health, Safety and Security Management agenda, the post holder will be required to support compliance by taking responsibility for specific health and safety, fire safety and security management related work streams, whilst acting in a specialist advisory capacity to staff at all levels on health, safety, fire and security related legislation.

The post holder will be expected to travel across Trust sites in order to support both clinical and non-clinical teams with the delivery of local expectations. We are looking for a self-motivated, highly organised individual with a helpful, approachable, and supporting manner, to successfully deliver this essential and challenging role.

If you are interested in this opportunity and have the skill set to join our team we would love to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

  • To ensure that appropriate steps are taken to continue to create and maintain a proactive safety and security culture within the Trust and to ensure that incidents/breaches are detected and reported. Where required publicise lessons learnt in accordance with Trust and NHS guidelines so that a deterrent effect can be created
  • To act as a Competent Person in relation to the provision of specialist and technical advice to all Trust staff on Health and Safety matters as defined in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and other related legislation
  • To undertake highly complex and/or highly technical assessments where the nature of the hazard or process requires such specialist input.
  • With the support of the Fire Safety Specialist, conduct fire safety risk assessments, evacuation drills and exercises, with reviews as appropriate
  • To act as a Security Management Specialist in relation to the provision of specialist and technical advice to the Trust and oversee and undertake the improvement and delivery of a wide range of security management work including measures to proactively improve security management, raise security awareness and reduce violence and aggression all in accordance with the relevant requirements and security standards and subsequent governing bodies

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust isa specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we're committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.

We value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer.We work hard to create an inclusive environment where you'll be supported by friendly and professional colleagues to flourish.

Our values at Berkshire Healthcare:
  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Benefits of working for us include:
  • Flexible working options to support work-life balance.
  • 27 days' annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Excellent learning and career development opportunities
  • 'Cycle to Work' and car leasing scheme
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities and armed forces community to support equality
  • Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave.
  • Free parking across Trust sites

Job description

Job responsibilities

The3/4 must haves for you to be considered for this role:
  • Highly motivated individual with excellent communication skills. Must be able to verbally communicate messages in a clear concise way and have excellent report writing skills.
  • Be approachable, helpful and supportive
  • Have the ability to prioritise tasks and be able to respond quickly and efficiently to situations that arise in a calm and controlled manner.
  • Be able to deliver complex and varied workstreams as part of a multi-disciplined team

  • If youre someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, join us and lets be outstanding together.

    We welcome a conversation about flexibility and any other questions you may have. Please dont hesitate to call: Jill Griffiths via or 07825 281939

    We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

    Person Specification



    • HND and /or Degree level education or equivalent
    • Possession of, or evidence of working towards specialist qualifications in Fire, Health & Safety and Security Management. e.g. NEBOSH General Certificate, Fire Management in Healthcare Premises, Local Security Management Specialist (LSMS), Security Management qualifications (must not include security guarding).



    • Evidence of continuing professional development in the fields of Health & Safety, Fire Safety Management and Security Management.

    Previous Experience


    • Experience of Health, Safety, Fire & Security Management within a large and complex organisation
    • Development and delivery of specialist training and exercise programmes


    • Experience of co-ordinating and influencing a range of people at all levels, both internal and external to the NHS or other large organisation.

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


    • Must have a good understanding of how the healthcare sector operates and the Health, Safety, Security and Fire challenges this environment brings.
    • Understanding of the principles of risk management and risk assessment.
    • Advanced IT skills (Excel, use of MS Office 365 etc.)
    • Advanced presentation skills: oral and written communication skills, and the ability to use presentation aids such as PowerPoint.
    • Negotiating, influencing and persuading skills.
    • Good organisational and administrative skills attention to detail.
    • Time management skills - ability to meet deadlines, prioritise and manage workload.
    • Ability to work on own initiative, either alone or with a range of people, and to be an effective team member.
    • Ability to assess plans and procedures, identify and challenge weaknesses and solutions.
    • Ability to remain calm under pressure and work effectively in emergency situations.


    • Knowledge of the role in an NHS setting.



    • Report writing skills
    • Solution focussed
    • High levels of confidentiality when receiving and dealing with complex, sensitive or contentious information relating to major incidents or emergencies.


    • Project management skills

    Additional Requirements


    • Ability and willingness to travel to client sites as required (within Berkshire and occasionally beyond the county boundary).
    • Willingness to undertake further training as required.
    • Holder of full driving licence (car).
    • Have sole use of a suitable vehicle (normally car) during business hours
    • Willingness to work out of hours if required.
    • Able to assist with physical training exercises where you will be required to use light physical effort as part of this process. (e.g., Ski Sled training, Bed pushing demonstrations, live fire-fighting demonstrations with extinguishers, and Conflict Resolution training exercises).

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


    7-9 Cremyll Road

    7-9 Cremyll Road


    RG1 8NQ

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