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Lead Infrastructure Network Engineer

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Pro rata per annum
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Full Time
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We are pleased to be able to offer an exciting opportunity to join the Electronic Patient Record (EPR) Programme Team at Northampton General Hospital. In partnership with our chosen supplier, we have embarked on our digital excellence journey to implement a nationally-leading EPR system that will transform the quality of care for our patients and staff by having instantly accessible information using the latest mobile technology, reducing paper usage and utilising clinical decision support tools.

The Lead Infrastructure Network Engineer will be responsible for the Digital infrastructure through proactive maintenance and operations of the Group's data centres, cloud tenancies, communications rooms and wiring rooms as part of the Trust's Electronic Patient Record (EPR) programme. As part of a dynamic and agile team that is committed to our Vision 'Dedicated to Excellence', you will have significant personal opportunities to grow and develop, as well as to tangibly impact how care is delivered in the future.


Main duties of the job

The postholder will be responsible for configuration management, including maintenance of component inventory and related documentation and perform asks necessary to fulfil service requirements regarding server capacity, security, and availability. They will have some knowledge of managing Avaya / Extreme networks and Cisco technologies to include on-prem, remote and cloud services. The post holder will be responsible for ensuring that effective infrastructure monitoring is in place.

The post holder will be work closely with the Infrastructure Network Specialists to ensure that support and maintenance, security controls, documentation for all infrastructure elements, are in place and ensuring that they are monitored and kept up to date. There will be a requirement to be part of an on-call 24*7 rota.

Travel to the hospital site will be required.

About us

Northampton General Hospital is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. All of our divisions are committed to doing things better, with more efficiency as we update, modernise, and advance. We have also entered into a Group Model with neighbouring Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire.

Our Excellence Values
  • Compassion
  • Accountability
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Courage

We want to recruit the best people to deliver our services across the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire and help to unleash everyone's full potential. As an organisation, we value how we communicate and promote our vacancies to all communities.

We are a Defence positive trust, supporting our reservists, veterans, spouses and partners.

The Hospital Group encourages applications from people who identify from all protected groups, especially those from BAME, Disabled and LGBTQ+ backgrounds as these are underrepresented in our hospitals.

We understand that we need to work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and make sure the environment they work in is inclusive and collaborative.

We have active Networks that promote and support colleagues from all backgrounds.This ensures everyone feels supported and has a sense of belonging working for Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Duties
  • The post holder will be a member for the Groups technical support function that provides 3rd line technical support and consultancy. Additionally, the post holder is responsible for contributing to the optimum and cost-effective use of the Groups ICT systems including managing capacity, proactively monitoring error conditions and alerts, and ensuring that all the policies and procedures relating to security and best practice are adhered to.
  • Participate in a rota for your team to ensure that the Service Desk has the 3rd line team available during the agreed hours, and that there is a 3rd line on-call service available to the Group.
  • The post holder will be responsible for analysing, investigating, and resolving complex ICT queries and issues/problems e.g., interpreting system errors and identifying an appropriate solution from a range of options research complex ICT faults via reference material (e.g., technical websites or documentation).
  • The post holder will maintain user accounts, computer hardware, inputting and manipulating data, information in computer databases use of fine tools when working on ICT hardware.
  • The post holder will be responsible for confirming that daily backups are completed and ensure the validity of those backups in accordance with policy and procedure.
  • The post holder will contribute to ensuring that the Groups data centres (on-site and remote) are run at optimum performance level to deliver the Groups requirements and maintained to a high level so that the environment remains secure, robust, and effective.
  • The post holder will identify and contribute to infrastructure-based Problem Management in line with Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) principles.
  • The post holder will work closely with the Infrastructure Network Specialists to ensure that the network infrastructure has the capacity to cope and deliver services to the Group and that there is sufficient capacity for anticipated growth.
  • The post holder will contribute to developing, testing, and improving the performance of the ICT infrastructure Business Continuity (BC) plans, ICT Disaster Recovery (DR) plans, systems, and processes.
  • Ensuring that standard changes are documented and have annually updated communication plans attached and that change schedules are pre-approved at CAB as appropriate annually.
  • Ensure that all emergency changes relating to ICT infrastructure are presented at either an emergency convening of CAB where appropriate or as a retrospective change request at a scheduled CAB meeting.
  • Report back on successful, deferred, or failed changes to CAB.
  • Ensuring that ICT infrastructure Configuration Management Data Base (CMDB) is kept accurate and up to date throughout the asset life cycle and ensure that all capital assets are recorded on the Capital Asset Register.
  • Ensure that the ICT Service Catalogue and other ICT infrastructure configuration documentation, procedures and processes are kept up to date with regular reviews.
  • Ensure that the Infrastructure team maintains a high standard with regards to the efficient and effective resolution of faults and customer feedback are addressed as a matter of priority.
  • Adhere and work to the ICT Incident Management Processes for resolving Incidents that are escalated to 3rd Line / Infrastructure team for advice/action. Ensuring that the Incident Management System is used effectively to ensure all details of actions and contact are recorded appropriately.
  • Resolve 3rd Line infrastructure problems and queries which have been escalated by the Service Desk or other Digital Departmental Teams through analysis and use of their specialist knowledge, expertise, and experience. This will include, but is not limited to, technical systems problems, network security issues, complex application issues, and the interpretation of user requirements to effectively implement solutions.
  • Monitor, respond and action Service Call Queues for the Infrastructure team efficiently and effectively as a part of daily operations.
  • Ensure that calls are prioritised in accordance with SLAs and departmental OLAs for Incidents, Service Requests and RFCs. Act as an escalation point for 3rd line Infrastructure team related calls.
  • Logging of faults/warranty claims with system and hardware support vendors.
  • The post holder will work closely with the Infrastructure Network Specialists to ensuring that the Group has active maintenance support contracts in place for key infrastructure and that 3rd party contracts are managed effectively, and regular service reviews are undertaken.
  • Provide expert advice to the Group on ICT infrastructure.
  • The post holder will work closely with the Infrastructure Network Specialists to ensure that all risks and issues relating to ICT infrastructure are fully documented, risk assessments undertaken and recorded on the Groups risk management systems as well as the departmental risk register.
  • The post holder will contribute to the allocation of IP Subnets, Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANS) and network fabric throughout the Groups LAN.
  • The post holder will be responsible for ensuring that all network infrastructure elements have appropriate patch and software management applied to them.
  • To work with the Cyber Security team to resolve identified issues or high severity CareCert notifications.
  • The post holder will be responsible for ensuring the safe use of expensive ICT equipment by them and other members of the department and Trust.
  • The post holder will contribute to scheduled infrastructure checks and ensure that they are recorded centrally.
  • The post holder will be required to physically configure and install infrastructure components, this will include cabling and patching.
  • The post holder will be required to configure networking equipment, ensuring appropriate access control and management of the secure systems.
  • To work with the Infrastructure Network Specialist to plan, design, cost, develop, procure, and install the network infrastructure enhancement relating to the development of new business systems or Group building projects.

Management and Leadership
  • Work closely with the Clinical Systems team and Digital Transformation and Innovation team on upgrades and policies/procedures.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the Group Digital Strategy, in line with Group, National priorities and initiatives, and leading digital techniques.
  • Support individuals and teams that are highly skilled, effective, engaged and highly motivated.
  • Have awareness of the financial performance of Infrastructure Team, including achievement of financial targets, balancing potentially conflicting demands of budgetary requirements and service requirements.
  • Deputise for the Infrastructure Network Specialists as necessary and where appropriate.

Technical Service Delivery
  • The post holder will have an understanding of ICT and specialist knowledge in several key network technologies such as Local Area Networks (LAN), Wireless LAN (WLAN) & Wide Area Network (WAN) servers, Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) including Domain Name Service (DNS) and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and Firewalls.
  • The post holder will be responsible for expensive ICT equipment and contributing to the configuration, testing, software, repair, and maintenance.
  • Contribution of the delivery of a component of the technical and infrastructure services to the Group.
  • Ensure that progressive solutions, which consider models of best practice, are incorporated into service plans.
  • Ensure that routine maintenance and remedial work is appropriately scheduled and undertaken so that it does not adversely impact the availability of business-critical systems.

  • Contribute to the delivery of performance standards for the ICT Infrastructure team, including KPIs, having awareness of achievement against these, devising improved ways of working where necessary to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of services delivered.
  • Ensure systems are in place to routinely analyse and manage ICT resource utilisation in the Infrastructure team to provide efficient and optimised digital services.
  • Work with the Hardware and Software Asset Analyst to ensure that software licence usage is managed within authorised limits, and that regular compliance auditing is undertaken to assure that the Group does not breach contractual or legal obligations.

Advice, guidance, and partnerships
  • Provide technical and professional assistance regarding the Groups ICT infrastructure.
  • Represent the Digital portfolio at local levels, developing partnerships, sharing best practice, and integrating knowledge across the Group.
  • Represent the Group, where appropriate, in dealings with partner organisations and outside bodies on ICT Infrastructure and technical issues.
  • Build good relationships and ensure effective ICT partnerships with other organisations across the ICS, locally, regionally, and nationally.
  • Forming constructive relationships with suppliers to optimise the delivery of solutions and maximise the Groups influence on the future direction of the suppliers products.
  • Please see attached job description and person specification for more details

Person Specification

Education, Training & Qualifications


  • Educated to postgraduate degree level or equivalent level or equivalent experience delivering Digital services


  • Azure Network Engineer Associate or equivalent experience
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) or equivalent experience
  • Sufficient knowledge of the provision of health services

Knowledge & Experience


  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Good technical background with proven ability to provide 3rd line support in an ICT support environment
  • Knowledge of LAN, WLAN & WAN installation, configuration, and management
  • Experience of delivering ICT Infrastructure, preferably in the public sector
  • Experience in building and managing ICT service delivery functions (preferably in an NHS environment)
  • Proven professional experience providing technical support for ICT infrastructure
  • Experience in contributing to the success of a multi-disciplinary team as effective team member
  • Sufficient knowledge of NHS/Government policies, strategies, and organisational relationships in relation to ICT infrastructure and be able to be able to advise stakeholders
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