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Warehouse Lead

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year p.a
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Dorset Wheelchair Service is seeking a senior engineer for the position of Warehouse Lead to manage our in-house Warehouse and Stores.

We offer an integrated wheelchair service, providing an end-to-end service for the long-term loan of NHS wheelchairs to around 6,000 clients with all levels of disability impacting their mobility and independence. This encompasses clinical, engineering, repairs, stores and administrative activity based over two sites in St Leonards and Dorchester and covering the whole of Dorset.

The Warehouse Leads is a varied and vital role for a qualified engineer who has a flare for problem solving, organisation and people management. Whilst experience of working with wheelchairs or other medical devices is desirable, it is not essential as we can help the successful applicant gain specialist knowledge.

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which the Trust will cover the cost of. Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service are able to present a valid DBS certificate instead of requiring a new check.

Main duties of the job

If successful, you will be responsible for coordinating multiple warehouse and community-based activities to provide a repair, maintenance, storage and stock management system of wheelchairs and accessories as medical devices, that is high quality and responsive. In addition, you will be part of the leadership team in the Wheelchair Service. You will also provide support and technical advice to service staff as well as clients, their families and carers.

You will manage a team of Warehouse staff and technicians working alongside a multidisciplinary team of Therapists, Rehab Engineers, support staff and administrative staff. You will supervise and line manage the Warehouse and Repairs staff, assisting them with change management and identifying learning needs for their ongoing development.

You will be responsible for ensuring that the Warehouse meets performance criteria and KPIs. You will ensure Warehouse compliance with Medical Devices regulations and industry best practice. You will also be responsible for Health & Safety in the Warehouse at both sites, writing and reviewing risk management documents, and ensuring environmental and process compliance with relevant policies. Should there be any adverse events, you will be part of the investigation for incidents and complaints.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

As part of our vision to have a skilled, diverse and caring workforce, Dorset HealthCare is working in partnership with The Princes Trust to support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we are offering an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. If you would like or know of anyone who would value this support please do contact

Person Specification

Knowledge and Skills


  • oCompleted a relevant engineering degree to Masters level, or to Bachelors level with considerable experience in engineering to post graduate level.
  • oAbility to communicate with clarity and confidence in a variety of situations which may be demanding and difficult.
  • oAbility to plan, facilitate and evaluate activities to meet department needs and objectives.
  • oAbility to work on own initiative and without supervision.
  • oProblem solving skills and flexibility to ensure an efficient service.


  • oAbility to work as part of a team and relate well, encompassing the views of others.
  • oGood knowledge and appreciation of national standards and guidelines that affect practice and service delivery.

Job Specific experience


  • oBe able to work and produce work to a high degree of precision through the use of specialised hand and power tools.


  • oBe familiar with a range of wheelchairs, power driven and manual.

Business travel and additional requirements


  • oSubject to the provisions of the Equality Act, able to travel using own vehicle on Trust business.
  • Previous experience of leading a team, including provision of supervision and appraisals

Business travel and additional requirements


  • oSubject to the provisions of the Equality Act, able to travel using own vehicle on Trust business.
  • oDemonstrable skills in written and spoken English to a standard which enables the post holder to carry out the full range of duties and responsibilities of the role effectively.


  • oAs required, drive an appropriate vehicular mobile workshop with a wheelchair lift. Distances covered are approximately 300 miles per week.

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Acorn Building, St Leonards Hospital

241 Ringwood Road


BH24 2DW

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