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Head of Estates - PRUH and South Sites

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£75,853 to £86,574 per annum inc HCAS
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
The post holder will lead in the responsibility for providing management, professional, technical / specialist services and to provide advice relating to plant and equipment utilised for control of space and environmental conditions as well as specialist plant and equipment used by the wide range of clinical services provided by Kings college hospital at South Sites, and partner organisations across the community estate.

Duties will include leading the Trust's Estates operational services, assurance, and governance processes to ensure that a safe environment is provided and high-quality value for money services are delivered through the establishment of appropriate policies and procedures in support of the Trust's service objectives, and legislative requirements.

Main duties of the job

The focus of the role will include Planned and Reactive Maintenance and Repairs, Sustainability (including energy management), M& E Technical Support, Medical Engineering, along with Estates related Health and Safety compliance and risk management to ensure that the services provided meet the needs of the relevant stakeholders and service users, where appropriate as defined in the Trust Service Level Agreements and that performance and progress updates are reported in a consistent format for all areas, providing the necessary assurance for the Trust Executives and Board. In addition, the post holder will be expected to build and develop partnerships with clinical and non- clinical colleagues and external agencies to ensure that the Estates services, initiatives, and implications are considered as part of responding to, and shaping, the Trust's Clinical Service Strategy and the

This role will have an operational understanding of clinical pathways, and ensure the provision of safe and comfortable environments for patients, visitors, and staff key to this will be a working knowledge of the engineering plant and ensuring that our contractors operate it efficiently while delivering the required outputs. This role will provide a Trust technical point of contact for Building and Engineering Day to day aspects, and participate in the process of producing maintenance strategies, developing capital project work and the replacement of plant and equipment.

About us

KCH is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching Trusts with a turnover of c�1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and around 15,000 staff based across 5 main sites in South East London.

King's is committed to delivering Sustainable Healthcare . In line with national Greener NHS ambitions, we have set net zero carbon targets of 2040 for our NHS Carbon Footprint and 2045 for our NHS Carbon Footprint Plus .

Our values at King's:

Kind. We show compassion and understanding and bring a positive attitude to our work

Respectful. We promote equality, are inclusive and honest, speaking up when needed

Team. We support each other, communicate openly, and are reassuringly professional

The trust-wide strategy Strong Roots, Global Reachis our Vision to be BOLD, Brilliant people, Outstanding care, Leaders in Research, Innovation and Education, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (EDI) at the heart of everything we do. By being person-centred, digitally-enabled, and focused on sustainability, we can take Team King's to another level

King's is dedicated to embracing the broad diversity of our staff, patients and communities and stand firmly against all forms of prejudice and discrimination. This includes, but is not limited to, racism, ableism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, sexism, ageism, religious discrimination, and any other prejudiced behaviour that undermines the rights, wellbeing and identity of our staff, and patients.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • To provide a safe means of maintaining the building fabric and engineering services throughout the Trust remote sites ensuring that safe systems of work are in place e.g. Policies and Procedures and Permit to Work systems.
  • Responsible for auditing the Hard FM contractors and sub-contractors against Health and Safety standards, including the control of substances hazardous to Health (COSHH), workplace and working time regulations, and ensure that detailed risk assessments comply with Trust and Departmental Health and Safety procedures.
  • Ensure that the Hard FM contractors and sub-contractors meet their statutory and mandatory obligations on behalf of the Trust in respect to plant and equipment, in line with all Hospital Technical Memorandums and Hospital Building Notices.
  • Responsible for ensuring energy and utilities are used efficiently, and attend (and chair when directed). This meeting follows the monthly generator Soft and Black starts for the generators.
  • Attend all Hard FM meetings (and chair when directed).
  • Attend the Trust Water Safety Committee meeting and act as Responsible Person for water hygiene in accordance with HTM04 and L8.
  • Responsible for the Trusts Estate grounds and gardens ensuring that appropriate contracts are in place and all aspects are maintained in accordance with sub-contractor schedules.
  • Responsible for the piped medical gas installations, ensuring that the permit to works procedures are followed and sufficient Authorised persons are properly trained (contractors and sub-contractors this includes Soft FM contractors on manifolds and changing cylinders).

People Management and Performance
  • Lead, coach and manage the performance of the team in line with good people management practices. Ensuring excellence is recognised and underperformance is addressed.
  • Participate in regular performance appraisal meetings and ensure each member of the team has a clear set of objectives and development plans.
  • Ensure the team is compliance with all statutory, mandatory training together with any professional training requirements, ensuring they are up to date and fully compliant.
  • Manage team absences including sickness in line with Trust policy ensuring the appropriate return to work meetings occur, e-roster is updated and productivity is at keep to the highest possible level.
  • Identify and fill any vacancies that arise within the team in line with the Trusts recruitment policy and process.
  • Identify talent and support the internal talent management process in order attract and retain and succession plan for your people.

  • The post holder has a general duty of care for their own health, safety and wellbeing and that of work colleagues, visitors and patients within the hospital, in addition to any specific risk management or clinical governance accountabilities associated with this post.
  • To observe the rules, policies, procedures and standards of King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust together with all relevant statutory and professional obligations.
  • We want to be an organisation where everyone shares a commitment to delivering the very best care and feels like their contribution is valuable and valued.

Please see attached the job description and person specification which provides further information

Person Specification

Education and Qualification & Knowledge


  • Professional engineering or building knowledge acquired through degree or equivalent, plus specialist knowledge acquired through postgraduate courses to master's equivalent level.
  • HTM00 series safe systems of work training - LV, HV, medical gases, Water Hygiene (and L8), Specialist Ventilation, Decontamination. Lifts, Pressure Systems.
  • Technical courses (i.e., Water, Gas, Asbestos, Electrical, Building and CDM Regulations, Control of Contractors etc.) Health & Safety qualification (NEBOSH Managing safety) or equivalent.
  • Excellent understanding of the national guidance applicable to NHS Estates and Facilities Management standards and processes, including Health Technical Memorandum.
  • A sound knowledge of relevant legislation (i.e. H& S, Water, Gas, Asbestos, Electrical, Building and CDM Regulations, Control of Contractors etc.)
  • Successful completion of Authorized/ and Responsible Person specialist training courses ( Be willing to undertake relevant courses if not qualified)


  • Internal auditor to ISO 13485

Knowledge and Experience


  • Excellent understanding of the national guidance applicable to NHS Estates and Facilities Management standards and processes, including Health Technical Memorandum
  • In-depth knowledge of financial budgetary control and cost improvement programs
  • Significant post qualification experience and successful track record of managing Estates and Facilities assets and services, including budgets within a complex acute health environment
  • Management of strategic and operational change, including the impact on assets, resources, services and staff and development of new ways of working/continuous improvement.

Skills and Competencies


  • Proven leadership and team-building skills, with the ability to deal with staff at all levels within the Trust
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, combined with effective presentation, written and verbal communication skills
  • Expert knowledge of strategic and service planning and an understanding of its relevance/impact on the services provided by the Estates & Facilities Directorate.
  • Drafting of Committee papers, and report writing at a Senior Management level


  • Successful completion of leadership development & financial management courses.

Employer details

Employer name

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust





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