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Fire Safety Manager

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum pro rata + 5% of basic salary (min £1,192 max £2,011)
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust have an exciting opportunity for a Fire Safety Manager to join our team.

Working as part of a multi-disciplinary Estates team, the role reports to the Compliance Manager and is responsible for the delivery and technical expertise of the Trust compliance with Building and Fire safety including managing relevant capital projects in accordance with Trust standing Financial Instructions and Managing Contractors policy. Overseeing works by contractors and consultants working on behalf of the Trust (but not limited to).

You will have a proven track record of providing NHS (or similar) Fire Safety Management as well as being an inspirational leader who takes pride in stakeholder engagement.

Main duties of the job

Hold the position of Trust Fire Safety Manager in accordance with the requirements of Healthcare Technical Memorandums and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO).

Be accountable to the Estates and Facilities Compliance Manager and will be professionally responsible to create and maintain an estate that delivers the right environment to support the provision of high-quality healthcare and the wellbeing of staff, and to make the Trust an employer of choice through meeting the needs of its people and ensuring goods and services are provided competitively.

To research and interpret legislation and ensure the effective translation into policy and procedures, coordinate their practical application, and make clear recommendations to the Senior Management in relation to the approach to be taken to develop compliant management arrangements.

Plan, prepare and deliver fire training across the Trust ensuring it is tailored to meet the operational and legislative needs of all departments across the Trust and ensure that all parties are aware of their statutory duties as appropriate.

Develop and Implement the Trust Fire Safety Policy and strategies including arranging and reporting on evacuation drills, undertake fire risk assessments on all Trust Premises, with other day to day fire safety related matters.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just fivemental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Summary
  • The Fire Safety Manager will act as a focus for all fire safety matters in the organisation with accountability for fire safety matters reporting up to the Executive Director of Finance (Director with fire safety responsibility).
  • By the provision of competent advice, assist (and where required to the Group Fire Safety) in providing and maintaining levels of fire precaution within Trust premises in line with NHS Health Technical Memorandum 05:01 (HTM05:01) requirements (Have a good understanding of HTMs Stakeholder mapping and engagement), and maintaining good relationships with the Local Fire Brigade.
  • As the competent person for fire, the post holder will ensure that that the Trust complies with all aspects of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) legislation and will work closely with all relevant parties within the hospital and externally to ensure the provision of a fire safe environment for patients/staff/visitors and to facilitate sustained care and well-being in relation to fire safety.
  • Provide technical advice to the Capital Project Team, including the design team and feedback on proposed design plans. Design and produce reports to suit relevant stages of the projects. Attendance at regular meetings with Project team, design team, programme, risk reduction and clinical stakeholder teams. Deliver projects within the framework of risk, sustainability and environmental considerations agreed at the outline business case stage, while maintaining focus on time, cost, and quality.
  • All staff should comply with the Trusts Anti-Discriminatory Statement, Employee Charter, Trust Policies and Procedures, Code of Conduct and Equality and Diversity.

All staff should comply with the Trusts Anti-Discriminatory Statement, Employee Charter, Trust Policies and Procedures, Code of Conduct and Equality and Diversity.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Ensure compliance with all statutory requirements: Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, Building Regulations, British Standards, CQC, HSE and implement relevant assurance systems and to demonstrate compliance in line with HTM05:01 fire safety management structure.
  • Schedule and conduct a program of fire risk assessments using:
  • PAS 79 PAS 79-1:2020 Fire risk assessment. Premises other than housing, and PAS 79-2:2020 Fire risk assessment. Housing. Code of practice (published December 2020) across all Trust occupied or owned premises.
  • Formulate and deliver a suitable programme of fire safety training to the whole of the Trust workforce. Methods to include e-learning, remote training using Microsoft Teams and face to face training methods as appropriate including specialist methods where appropriate such as the use of Evac-Chair and other associated evacuation equipment.
  • To arrange and carry out fire drills/evacuations annually at agreed times in conjunction with the relevant Managers.
  • To maintain records of all training, drills and risk assessments carried out on all Trust premises.
  • Fire Safety Manager to produce and regularly review the Trust fire related policies, procedures, and strategy updating where appropriate and communicating to all Trust employees.
  • Develop policies and protocols to support the projects that are consistent with Trust standards.
  • Maintain comprehensive records of all fire incidents and investigations.
  • Compile monthly and annual fire safety statistics, analyse and produce reports to inform the Fire Safety Manager, Fire Safety Committee and Trust Board.
  • Act as Trust representative in meetings with the local fire authority, liaison with Authorising Engineer (Fire).
  • Make appropriate recommendations for future safety and to minimise unwanted fire signals based on the recorded information.
  • Manage and supervise the adequate provision, siting and maintenance of firefighting equipment, life safety systems e.g. emergency lighting, fire safety signage and systems, ensuring all required records are maintained in a current state through audit and due diligence to confirm compliance
  • Reporting of non-compliance with legislation, policies, and procedures to the Fire Safety Group and other safety reports.
  • Ensuring that suitable fire safety audits are undertaken, recorded and the outcomes suitably reported with the Trusts governance & assurance frameworks.
  • Provide project management leadership and expertise to the individuals in the Capital Project team (including consultants and advisers) and ensure that the leads have clear responsibilities, priorities and timescales and track delivery.
  • Support the production of the Outline Business Case and Full Business case.
  • Ensuring that risks identified in the fire risk assessments are included in the Trusts risk register as appropriate.
  • The operational management of fire safety risks identified by the risk assessments.

Clinical Responsibility
  • Liaison with the Trust clinical lead Manage engagement plans for project(s) to proactively ensure that positive and effective relations are developed and maintained between members of the team, and key internal and external stakeholders throughout the project.
  • Manage strategies to achieve acceptance, consensus, and alignment of views, both formally and informally from senior managers and clinicians.

Leadership and Staff Management Responsibility
  • To actively promote and implement the Trusts mission and values.
  • Maintain a high standard, demonstrating quality customer service.
  • Work on own initiative in area of responsibility as delegated by senior management team.
  • To inspire and motivate staff.
  • To regularly engage with staff to review how effectively they are working as a team.
  • To undertake Professional Development, seeking opportunities to enhance skills as identified via a personal development plan.
  • Set an example and encourage openness and honesty (particularly in reporting incidents and near misses ) and will actively foster a culture of learning and improvement.

Managers have a duty to promote and support staffs personal health and wellbeing at all times, this includes both physical and mental health and wellbeing. Managers have a responsibility to support staff by directing employees to services that are available to everyone to help in managing health and wellbeing. They should be open and approachable as well as proactive in discussing and agreeing a process to monitor an employees mental and physical health.

Other Additional Information
  • Chair meetings
  • Liaise with the Fire AE, and Fire Brigade
  • Provide Fire Safety/ Fire Warden training (face2face and webinar format)
  • Investigate fire relates incidents.
  • Organise and participate in local Fire Evacuation Drill

Person Specification



  • Educated to degree level or equivalent level of experience.
  • Fire Safety Qualification e.g. NEBOSH Certificate in Fire Safety & Fire Risk Management.
  • Successfully completed the 'Training the trainer' course or similar.
  • Membership of a professional organisation (for example the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) or Institute of Fire Prevention Officers (IFPO)/ Fire Protection Association (FPA).
  • Hold a current driving licence


  • Project management related qualification or experience of working as a senior project manager in a healthcare setting.
  • Previous fire project experience, (minimum 5 years).



  • Specialist knowledge of fire, fire detection and suppression systems
  • Knowledge and understanding of mechanical and electrical systems particularly as they relate to fire.
  • Knowledge and understanding of fire strategies and standards in a healthcare setting.
  • Experience of working in a senior team, developing strategy, and supporting delivery plans .
  • Proven experience of successfully managing contractors and consultants and experience of managing staff and virtual teams.


  • Budget management experience, ideally in a programme or project context
  • Experience of working in a complex clinical environment in a similar role
  • Understand and undertake fire risk assessments within a healthcare environment.
  • Experience of working with Capital Project team/contractors for new build or refurbishment projects.
  • Experience of working with external bodies such as Fire and Rescue Services.

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


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