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Senior Fire Safety Advisor

Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
27 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Based at The Royal Oldham Hospital, yet with travel across all Northern Care Alliance sites, the successful post holder will report to the Group Fire Safety Manager and play a key role in the Northern Care Alliance's Estates and Facilities fire safety team.

Main duties of the job

The Senior Fire Safety Advisor is tasked with supporting the Group Fire Safety Manager in the development and delivery of the Group Fire Safety Strategy:
  • The day-to-day implementation of the fire safety policy and fire safety management plan.
  • Reporting of non-compliance with legislation, policies and procedures to the Associate Director of Estates.
  • Deliver a package of Fire Safety Training material across all Care Organisations within the Northern Care Alliance (NCA), with the requirement to interpret and answer questions based upon locality.
  • Programme, complete and record fire risk assessments including the development of suitable action plans for all required areas.
  • In the absence of the Group Fire Safety Manager, the post holder will hold full delegated responsibility or deputise accordingly to represent the department across a wide range of services.

About us

The Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust (NCA) provides hospital and integrated health and social care services to over one million people living across Greater Manchester. Our 20,000 colleagues care for people in hospital and in the community, working across Bury, Rochdale, Oldham and Salford, to save and improve lives.

As a large NHS trust we are committed to enhancing the health of our local population by delivering consistently high standards of care and working closely with local authorities and key partners. We believe in our power and potential to make a difference and we're always looking for people who demonstrate our three core values - care, appreciate and inspire - to join our team.

In return, we can offer you a job role with purpose and flexibility. The size and scale of the NCA means we can provide more challenge and opportunities so your career can always be moving in the right direction. By joining us you can also access a competitive benefits package, including, a fantastic annual leave allowance, flexible working opportunities and protected hours for health and wellbeing activities, helping you to achieve more personal downtime and a better work-life balance.

For the latest information around our values and behaviours, please visit our careers

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Tasks & Overview of Responsibilities
  • Provide expert fire safety advice to the Care Organisation (CO) Chief Operating Officers, Capital Managers and General Managers for Estates and Facilities.
  • Co-ordinating fire safety issues throughout the organisations activities across all sites including Community Properties.
  • Ensuring co-operation between all relevant parties so fire safety standards across the Trust meet national requirements and recommendations.
  • Support with the management of all day-to-day fire safety matters across the Oldham Care Organisation and drive implementation of the NCA Fire Safety Management Plan across the EF& C department, clinical areas, and back of house departments.
  • Provide a link to relevant Care Organisation committees and other stakeholder meetings as required.
  • To provide specialist, technical advice, and support in line with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 as required.
  • Liaise with Estates staff, design teams, local building control officers and fire authorities in the preparation of specifications for fire precautions in new and existing premises and to ensure to that they are compliant with relevant Building Regulations and HTM guidance in respect of fire safety.
  • Provide assurances to the Fire Strategy Group that the NCA Organisation properties under the management of third parties are fire safety compliant.
  • Apply the Regulatory Reform Safety Order by ensuring the completion, recording and reporting of a fire risk assessment of all premises. Ensure, where necessary, fire safety improvements identified by the assessment are actioned accordingly.
  • Programme, complete, record and devise suitable action plans for fire risk assessments and ensure that risks identified are included in the Northern Care Organisations risk register as appropriate.
  • Ensuring that requirements related to fire procedures for less-able staff, patients and visitors are in place.
  • Ensure effective liaison with the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) in respect of inspections, site visits and fire calls.

To read more information about the advertised role, and the main job duties/responsibilities please open the Job Description and Person Specification located under the supporting documents heading. You can also read more information about working at the Northern Care Alliance within the attached Candidate Information Pack or by visiting our careers website:

Person Specification



  • Science or engineering-based education to diploma level or equivalent or practical experience gained within the fire safety work environment.
  • Science, engineering or fire engineering / fire safety diploma level 6 (or equivalent), CIPFA qualification or attendance at SFPO course or equivalent.
  • Experience of working across organisational boundaries to improve standards.


  • Qualified Fire Brigade inspecting Officer. (FSC Modules or Level 4)
  • IOSH managing safely or equivalent.
  • Teaching /Assessing qualification
  • Membership of a professional organisation (i.e. Institute of Fire Engineers IFE Institute of Fire Prevention Officers IFPO).

Knowledge, Skills, Training and Experience


  • Knowledge of the application of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety Order).
  • Experience in undertaking fire risk assessments.
  • Experience of working across organisational boundaries to improve standards.
  • Extensive experience gained within the management and delivery of fire safety/fire prevention


  • Experience of reviewing Business Continuity Plans
  • Knowledge on the application of Building Regulations
  • Experience of working with regulatory external stakeholders
  • Experience of applying HTM fire safety guidance in a large multi-site Acute hospital setting



  • Ability to work under pressure and deal with difficult situations
  • Proven organisational skills and ability to prioritise workload with interruptions and changing priorities whilst meeting deadlines
  • Highly motivated and resourceful with a proactive approach to problem-solving
  • Able to work with minimal supervision and manage fire safety matters & compliance matters.
  • Ability to travel and work across all sites

Employer details

Employer name

Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust


Salford Royal Hospital/The Royal Oldham Hospital

Stott Lane


M6 8HD

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