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Head of Fire Safety

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum plus HCAS
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
Do you have a passion for fire safety in the public sector? if so, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust have an exciting opportunity for a Head of Fire Safety Management to join our team to ensure all aspects fire safety are maintained at a high standard.

Working as part of a multi-disciplinary Estates team, the role reports to the Associate Director of Estates and is responsible for the delivery and technical expertise for the Trust compliance for Fire safety including advice for relevant Fire codes for Capital projects, LFB audits, Fire training. Fire risk assessments

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

Accountable for the day-to-day management of fire safety throughout Lewisham Greenwich NHS Trust both acute sites and community and ensuring the Trust statutory requirements are met.

Assist the Director of Estates to develop long term fire management plans, procurement strategies for the Trust that are ongoing and related to the 5-year development plans.

The post holder will manage and implement regular fire safety audits on an annual, 12,18 & 24 month and 36-month basis and risk assessments for all departments, including all acute areas as well our Community buildings, live in accommodation and office spaces.


About us

Our people are our greatest asset. When we feel supported and happy at work, this positivity reaches those very people we are here for, the patients. Engaged employees perform at their best and our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) initiatives contribute to cultivate a culture of engagement. We have four staff networks, a corporate EDI Team and a suite of programmes and events which aim to insert the 5 aspirations:
  • Improving representation at senior levels of staff with disabilities, from black, Asian, and ethnic minorities background, identify as LGBTQ+ and women, through improved recruitment and leadership development
  • Widening access (anchor institution) and employability
  • Improving the experience of staff with disability
  • Improving the EDI literacy and confidence of trust staff through training and development
  • Making equalities mainstream

  • Job description

    Job responsibilities

    A key member of the Lewisham Greenwich NHS Trust Fire Safety Team, contributing fully to the strategic management of the Trust and ensuring that fire strategies and policies are consistent with these, and that building and technical compliance is met.

    The post-holder has Accountability and Responsibility for ensuring the Trust is compliant for all fire safety legal and statutory requirements in accordance with all specifications within the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005, Health Technical Memorandums (HTMs) Guidelines and all other regulations under current codes of practice that are addressed across a highly complex and multi-site organisation.To be the operational lead for fire safety/risk and governance and to chair local meetings ensuring risk registers are updated and local actions allocated and managed.

    The post holder is accountable as the Trusts lead expert for fire safety providing professional expertise, technical leadership for all estates staff, directors, and seniormanagers of the organisation and advice external 3rd party agencies where appropriate on all current fire safety legislation and RRFSO 2005.

    Person Specification

    Professional/ Statutory Registration


    • Registered with a recognised fire professional body i.e. Member of the Institute Fire Prevention officers, Member of the Institute fire Safety Managers / Member Institute Fire Engineers

    Previous experience


    • Significant in-depth experience gained undertaking complex risk assessments /working in a large complex multi-site organisation.
    • Experience of working in teams and on own initiative, with an understanding of when to seek support.
    • Experience of working in teams and on own initiative and working with limited support, with an understanding of when to seek support.
    • Significant experience of project work, working in a hospital setting across several areas
    • Demonstrable experience in problem solving to assist in developing robust evacuation plans and fire strategies within the workplace.
    • Significant experience gained in the process to ensure legal compliance in accordance with the various Acts of Parliament and Local by-laws required under health & safety an appreciation of the intricate language of legal documents etc.


    • Experience of Microsoft Office applications

    Qualifications/ Education


    • Educated to master's degree level or equivalent knowledge, skills and with experience gained within fire safety management environment.
    • Fire training college course(s) for fire Safety Management certification, or equivalent.
    • The ability to understand, characteristics of fire and the science of fire prevention. Practices, guidance, and legislation concerning fire safety in relation to health care premises.
    • Technical aspects of firefighting equipment and fire alarm and detection systems, structural fire precautions.
    • Evidence of continuing development.


    • Other training e.g., college courses, evening classes

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust


    University Hospital Lewisham

    Lewisham High Street


    SE13 6LH

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