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Senior Specialist Engineer

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per Annum
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The post holder will be expected to act on their own initiative, in a leadership role supporting and deputising as required for the Specialist Engineering Manager

The role of the Senior Specialist Engineer is to provide specialist engineering knowledge in support of the management of the Trusts specialist engineering services to all wards and departments within a multidisciplinary environment, ensuring compliance with Trust safety standards and legal requirements

Specialist engineering services are defined as but not limited to systems covered both HTM's and statutory instruments, i.e., Medical Gas, Pressure Systems, HV/LV Voltage, Passenger Lifts, Water Systems, Ventilation Systems etc

Responsible for the management and development of Junior Estates Officer, and supporting the delivery of assurance to the Trusts senior management against current standards

The post holder will support the management of key specialist engineering service contracts and will act as a lead in designated service areas commensurate with their specialty ensuring appropriate audits, contact management and remedial actions are delivered. Will support in delivery and prioritisation of the actions identified in Authorising Engineers and highly complex technical reports

Main duties of the job

  • To support and deputise as required for the Specialist Engineering Manager.
  • To be a key contribute to the achievement of good corporate governance throughout the Trust, and direct subordinates as required, ensuring their compliance with all Trust policies and procedures.
  • To be a lead in designated specialist engineering subjects in the process of ensuring compliance with all Trust Statutory and Non-Statutory responsibilities relating to the Trust's Estate.
  • Developing the culture of responsiveness, ownership and customer care amongst Estates staff.
  • Provide technical expertise and training on all aspects of Estates Maintenance function, promote communication at all levels and bring innovation, monitoring and measurement to ensure a value for money service.
  • The post holder will be responsible for Health and Safety and welfare matters affecting the staff in or attached to their area of work responsibility. This will include risk assessment, safe systems of work, training toolbox talks and safety inspections.
  • To undertake roles of Authorised Person in accordance with the requirements of Healthcare Technical Memorandum for example: Medical Gas Pipeline systems, High and Low Voltage Electrical systems. Critical Ventilation Systems.

About us

Our new strategy, developed with the support and feedback of colleagues, patients, and partners, is our compass for the next seven years (2023-2030).

We have four primary goals:
  • high-quality care for all,
  • being a great place to work,
  • partnerships for impact, and
  • research and education excellence

And we will embed health equality in all we do - taking active steps to reduce the avoidable differences in healthcare that some people face, working in partnership with communities.

Our strategy is underpinned by new values and we will work to ensure they are an everyday reality for all:
  • we are compassionate,
  • we are proud,
  • we are inclusive, and
  • we are one team

This is an exciting moment as we look to the future with clarity on what we already do well and where we need to focus our energies to make an even bigger difference for the people we serve.

About the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust:

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To ensure all specialist engineering systems within specialist area are installed and maintained in accordance with current legislation, health and safety regulations, codes of practice and Health technical guidance.
  • Support the development, monitoring and review of safe systems of work applied to specialist engineering services.
  • Lead on creation of succession plans for the development of junior engineers and apprentices.
  • As part of continual personal development, identifying solutions using technological advances and practices within Health care engineering.
  • Requirement to analyse highly complex engineering condition reports and drawings, covering life critical systems that supply services across whole hospital sites. Use of judgement to then proactively address areas of concern and undertake risk prioritisation to ensure robust governance.
  • Requirement to undertaken physical analysis of complex specialist engineering equipment to monitor performance and to undertake fault diagnosis with the use of fine tools and equipment.
  • To act and lead in a professional manner demonstrating the Trusts values when undertaking tasks and duties in contact with Patients, Visitors and staff.
  • Contribute to the development of the CAFM system ensuring effective change management process are implemented to reflect the needs of the Estate.
  • Key contributor to ensuring appropriate systems are in place to evidence ongoing compliance with local and national policies as required for CQC standards, HTM and health care technical guidance.
  • Ensure effective monitoring of works undertaken to ensure compliance to statutory requirements actors the estate.
  • Provide and articulate reports to Trust governance groups and committees.
  • Lead on creation of specialist engineering policies, process and guidance inclusive of implementation, training and review for specialist area.
  • Ensure that Specialist Engineering Polices are created with support from clinical teams and that the key aspects of the policy are clearly communicated with the clinical personnel affected by the policy.
  • To support the delivery of internal assurance on specialist engineering compliance and competencies through a concise audit programme.
  • Responsible for ensuring that consistently high standard of customer service is delivered by effective monitoring of internal and external service lines.
  • Regular contact with nursing staff at ward level, having incidental contact with patients.
  • Ensure that when receiving highly complex, contentious information of a sensitive nature, such as condition reports on complex / life maintaining engineering equipment, that the key risks and solutions are clearly articulated to clinical leaders. Barriers in communication exist where busy clinical leaders do not have the time or technical knowledge to appreciate full engineering reports. These must be summarised and presented in a way that does not cause panic and but also clearly articulates the magnitude of the risk and the solutions that are available.
  • Key decision maker on Trust approach to HTM and statutory compliance and the development of risk-based response to engineering standards
  • Management of external specialist engineering contractors and staff carrying out work on the Trusts assets and buildings, ensuring delivery and assurance of SLAs and KPIs.
  • Deliver training and support the development of authorised and competent persons within your specialist area both internal and external to the Trust.
  • Communicates technical issues, safety issues and major operational issues to Senior Estates Management as required under the Estates communications strategy.
  • Undertake Estates specialist engineering audits and condition surveys reporting into Estates Governance and senior teams.
  • Key contributor to the estates risk register to ensure an accurate view of operational risk and backlog maintenance requirements.
  • Management of complex specialist engineering projects designed to improve or maintain compliance with statutory requirements. Will also be required to take the Operational lead on high value Capital improvement projects, defining the requirements of the project, supporting decisions on derogations / plan changes and ensuring that a suitable product is handed over into Operational management the key emphasis being on the ability to meet the scope of clinical need and on the ability to maintain.
  • To undertake training of Estates Technicians, as designated by training / competency matrix, to ensure that the knowledge and skills base is maintained and developed to meet the requirements of current and future engineering services and changes in legislation.
  • To support on the development of the Trusts CAFM system, utilising the system to ensure a robust management system of records and assets. To ensure operational Estates changes are implemented with the CAFM system ensuring continued compliance.

Person Specification

Training & Qualifications


  • Qualified to Degree Level (or equivalent experience) with post graduate knowledge and experience
  • Extensive experience in operational maintenance in a Mechanical, Electrical or Building service discipline or equivalent significant experience
  • Membership of a Professional Institution eg IHEEM, IEE, IET, I.Mech, CIBSE
  • IOSH Managing Safely
  • A recognised training qualification/apprenticeship in Electrical or Mechanical Services


  • Legionella awareness L8 - Responsible Person
  • NEBOSH - Level 3 Certificate
  • Recognised Management Qualifications



  • Experience in specialist engineering in installation and maintenance systems
  • Experience of line management and supervisory responsibility for directly employed staff and contractors working on defects and PPM on technical: Electrical, Mechanical or Building disciplines found in an acute hospital environment
  • Experience of Working in an Authorised Person role )e.g Medical Gas , High Volatge)


  • Experience working with Computer aided facility management systems
  • Considerable knowledge of Health care Engineering knowledge of Healthcare Engineering services (EG HV/LV/Water?Vent etc)
  • Experience of Working in an acute or non-acute hospital setting

Communication and relationship skills


  • Good organisational skills and ability to address and develop solutions to problems of a highly complex and contentious nature
  • Ability to receive and interpret highly complex and contentious information of a sensitive nature and being able to communicate the magnitude of the situation with non-estates professionals so that the risks are clearly understood without causing panic
  • Strong communication skills, for effective working relationships throughout the organisation including presentation to Executive Directors
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team
  • Highly organised approach to work
  • Strong IT/PC Skills to be able to develop and operate the various computer systems
  • Evidence of good written and spoken communication skills

Analytical and Judgement Skills


  • Ability to interpret and make judgement across a wide range of highly complex estates issues taking into account legislation, expert advice and conflicting demands
  • Ability to understand and interpret legislation and develop work plans and policies
  • Ability to react to unplanned events/emergencies in a controlled planned manner and communication of issues and progress as per the agreed communications policy



  • Ability to cope with and manage demanding and stressful scenarios
  • Ability to undertake performance monitoring fault diagnosis using fine tools and equipment
  • A dedicated and committed member of a team
  • Flexible individual who can cope with new and changing demands
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Must be Approachable and tactful
  • Ability to work flexible as needs arise, and ability to work overtime at short notice

Planning and organisation skills


  • Experience of Implementing estates operational strategies

Equality Diveristy & Inclusion


  • Able to demonstrate a commitment to and understanding of the importance of treating all individuals with dignity and respect appropriate to their individual needs
  • All staff are expected to engage in compassionate and inclusive leadership in the provision of high quality care and interactions with others

Other requirments specific to the role


  • Has the ability to travel, as will be required to work at other sites
  • Ability to work out of hours, evenings, weekends and bank holidays as needs arise
  • Able to undertake all duties as detailed in the job description
  • To be able to participate on the Estates Management On Call Rota if required to do so

Commitment to Trust Values and Behaviours


  • Must be able to demonstrate behaviours consistent with Trusts Values And behaviours

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust


Leicester Royal Infirmary

Infirmary Square



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