Apprentice Electrical Craftsperson
Apprentice Electrical Craftsperson
Barts Health NHS Trust is one of the UK’s leading healthcare providers and the largest trust in the NHS. It was created on 1 April 2012 by bringing together Four Trusts: Barts and The London NHS Trust, Newham University Hospital NHS Trust, Whipps Cross University Hospital NHS Trust and Tower Hamlets PCT. The new trust has a turnover of approximately £1.1 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.
Together our hospitals – Newham University Hospital in Plaistow, St Bartholomew’s (Barts) in the City, The Royal London in Whitechapel, The London Chest in Bethnal Green, Whipps Cross in Leytonstone and Mile End Hospital – deliver high quality clinical care to the people of east London and further afield.
The hospitals offer a full portfolio of services that serve the needs of the local community, and are home to some of Britain’s leading specialist centres including cancer, cardiac, trauma and emergency care. Barts Health also has one of the UK’s busiest children’s hospitals and internationally renowned surgical facilities.
Our vision is to create a world-class health organisation that builds on strong relations, with our partners and the communities we serve – one dedicated to ending the historic health inequalities in east London. We will build an international reputation for excellence in patient care, research and education. And as members of UCL Partners – the largest academic health sciences system in the world – we will ensure that our patients are some of the first in the country to benefit from the latest drugs and treatments.
We are looking for the best talent to lead our ambitious new healthcare organisation. In return, the Barts Health will provide unsurpassed professional development opportunities, enabling investment in a range of new initiatives that would mean:
• Doctors and nurses in training will be able to gain experience in different hospitals along the whole patient pathway.
• There would be greater opportunity for career progression – we could retain good staff who might otherwise leave to gain promotion.
• Becoming world-class will enable us to recruit some of the best doctors and researchers in the world – who can share their knowledge and experience.
• Joining forces with other partners in an Academic Health Science System, will mean that staff would be better able to secure funds and pool their talents to develop new technology, techniques and treatments.
Job title: Apprentice Electrical Craftsperson
Clinical academic group: Estates & Facilities
Board/corporate function: CAG Strategy
Salary band: Band 2
Responsible to: Estates Officer
Accountable to: Head of Estates
Hours per week: 37.5
Location: The post is based at NUH/WX/MEH but may be required to work at other hospitals and health care premises within Barts Health NHS Trust.
Budgetary responsibility: None
Manages: Direct reports: None
Indirect reports: None
Aim of the role
Through work experience, studying, training and development (both practical and vocational), complete a course of study and obtain work-related professional qualification:
• NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Electrical Building Services first 3 years.
• NVQ level 2 in Electrical Maintenance Operations within 5 years of joining.
The NVQ in Maintenance Operations is to provide the ability to carry out associated works in the role of an Apprentice Electrical Craftsperson, competently and effectively within a pre-determined time frame.
To carry out work allocated to a high standard, ensuring it is carried out in strict compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act, and any other relevant legislation covering safety in the workplace for self and others.
The post holder is responsible in learning and carrying out a range of supervised building electrical services and equipment maintenance, within the NUH Establishment:
• To follow departmental and Trusts operating policies and procedures, when undertaking this role.
• In conjunction with the lead skilled operative required to work on his/her own initiative, within the standard operating procedures and prioritise the work schedule.
• To maintain good working relationships and communicate effectively, especially on the routine technical information with the recipients who may not be specialists in the technical field.
Key working relationships
• Report to the Estates Officer.
• End users of the services.
• Estates & Facilities work colleagues.
• Clinical and non-clinical staff.
• External training providers.
• Other departmental staff.
• External contractors.
Key result areas
• To learn and carry out supervised work relating to electrical planned and breakdown maintenance, small improvement work and minor Capital Schemes as directed.
• To attend college and complete coursework on time and to a high standard.
• To produce, maintain and be responsible for work details to document experience.
• To be responsible for tools, plant and materials, which are used within the scope of the Estates Department.
• To ensure that safety procedures are observed in the use of plant equipment, materials and working procedures. Ensuring, that a safe working environment is maintained at all times, in accordance with Health & Safety Regulation.
• To work outside his/her trade in the event of an emergency or as directed by the Estates Officer/Head of Estates Operations.
• To assist with the calculation of materials for all types of maintenance work.
• To participate in appropriate training as required by this position and determined by the Estates Management Staff.
• To be flexible in their approach to work.
• To carry out all necessary supervised administrative work associated with departmental management requirements, such as – using the PDA’s to accurately and timely record all processes from receiving jobs through to completion including electronic timesheets.
• To take on additional responsibilities in years two, three and four of the Apprenticeship.
Main duties and responsibilities
• In conjunction with the lead craftsperson with supervision – check, test and service electrical installations, plant and equipment daily throughout all Trust Properties.
• To assist and learn how to accurately diagnose faults to electrical installations, plant and equipment throughout all Trust Properties.
• To assist and learn, in maintaining records on all repairs carried out on Electrical installations, plant and equipment.
• Completion of daily work sheets for audit trail.
• To work outside on a regular basis, to work from ladders or scaffolds under supervision to carry out repairs.
• To assist and learn how to: manufacture, assemble, install and commission new work.
• To participate in an induction programme into the job and carry out on job training. To attend training courses in field of work and keep abreast of new technology and new legislation/ working practices.
• To ensure all Health and Safety Control and Asbestos, COSHH and permit working regulations are adhered to at all times. Reporting any non-safe practices or faulty equipment which could affect the safety of them, any person throughout the Trust, or Trust properties.
• Assist and learn to: service, test, diagnose, repair and calibrate electrical installations, plant and equipment.
• The post holder will need to be versatile in their approach to maintenance services and will have the ability to work on their own initiative, under supervision as well as an integral part of a team.
• It is essential that the post holder is responsive to changes in technology.
• To be aware of new technology and new working practises. Attend training courses as requested.
• To assist and learn to be fully conversant with the current edition of the IEE Regulations and in conjunction with the lead craftsperson, carry out work and duties appropriately.
• To assist and learn in maintaining adequate records on all plant and equipment.
• Have the ability to use all relevant tools, equipment and instrumentation.
• Advise their manager/lead craftsperson of any element of safety and indicate any problem which could affect the safety of Trust properties.
• Co-operates with crafts persons/apprentices of other trades in order to complete tasks safely and as speedily as possible.
• Use all relevant tools and equipment.
• Assist and learn to safely release passengers/users of the public lifts.
• Assist and learn to carry out the weekly Fire Alarm Testing.
• Assist and learn to maintain and rectify any faults on the door entry systems.
• Assist and learn to maintain and rectify any faults on the Intruder Alarm systems.
• Assist and learn to maintain and rectify any faults on fridges or fridge/freezer systems.
• In line with the Trust’s manual handling guidelines, assist to unload any delivery to the estates department or move around material and equipment on request from other department.
• Assist and learn to service and maintain/test Generator plant.
• Assist and learn to service: theatre equipment, operating tables, satellite lights, examination lights and other vital operating electrical apparatus, which are needed in a theatre environment including theatre backup emergency lights and “batteries rooms”.
• To assist and learn to repair, test and service the nurse call system, panic alarms and baby tagging alarms.
• Assist and learn to maintain/test all the hospital grounds lighting, both internally and externally including: car park lighting, external building lights, walkways lights, passage ways lights, compounds’ lights, security lights and plants rooms’ lights, fire escape routes lights and luminous lights.
• Assist and learn to check, service and maintain all external electrical equipment including: Car Park equipment and Waste Compound equipment.
• Assist and learn to check, service and maintain the portable X-Ray machines.
• In conjunction with the lead Craftsperson to discuss the maintenance/repair with the service user and represent the Estates department, in a professional manner.
• To assist and learn to participate in the Estates Helpdesk duties.
• To co-operate with craftsperson’s of other trades in order to complete work safely and in a timely fashion.
• To report to the Supervisor or Manager all comments and complaints.
• Responsible for maintaining stocks of materials used by self.
• To be responsible for the maintenance and security for all equipment and tools issued.
• Any other duties as delegated by the Estates Officer/Head of Estates relevant to the post/department.
• To bring to the attention of the Manager any matter which may be an infringement of the Health & Safety at Work Act, COSHH or any other legislation.
• To ensure you keep up to date with activities within the Trust by attending the Monthly team Briefing meeting or reading the notes of the Team Briefing.
• To ensure that the uniform supplied by the Trust is worn correctly and is regularly laundered.
• To ensure that the Trust supplied I.D. badge is worn at all times.
The job description is not intended to be exhaustive and it is likely that duties may be altered from time to time in the light of changing circumstances and after consultation with the post holder.
The post holder might be required to work across the Trust, at any time throughout the duration of his/her contract, which may entail travel and working at different hospitals.
Effort, skills and working conditions
Physical skills • Highly developed physical skills required for manipulation of fine tools and equipment.
• Physical skills required for using various machinery equipment and tools to carry out given tasks.
Physical effort • Frequently required to exert moderate physical effort for carrying out manual tasks.
• Frequent use of ladders and working at heights.
• Required to access duct work and undertake tasks with space restriction.
• Required to lift and move heavy specialised equipment and materials.
Mental effort • Frequent concentration required for work at heights and fault finding.
• Work pattern that is unpredictable.
• Frequently update technical knowledge to keep up with the methods and demands of manual working and working to tight deadlines.
• Regular refresher training on technical and specialist skills.
• High level concentration requiring hand/eye coordination.
Emotional effort • Incidental exposure to emotional circumstances.
Working conditions • Frequent exposure to: unpleasant working conditions, dirt, dust, smell, noise, heat, humidity, height, confined spaces and inclement weather.
Performance management and appraisal
All staff are expected to participate in the individual performance management process and reviews to the current Trust policy.
Personal development and training
Barts Health NHS Trust actively encourage development within the workforce and employees are required to comply with trust mandatory training.
Barts Health’s education academy aims to support high quality training to NHS staff through various services. The trust is committed to offering learning and development opportunities for all full-time and part-time employees.
No matter where you start within the NHS, you will have access to extra training and be given every chance to progress within the organisation. You will receive an annual personal review and development plan to support your career progression and you will be encouraged to develop your skills and experience.
Health and safety at work
The post holder has a duty of care and personal obligation to act to reduce healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs). They must attend mandatory training in infection prevention and control (IP&C) and be compliant with all measures required by the trust to reduce HCAIs. All post holders must comply with trust infection screening and immunisation policies, as well as be familiar with the trust’s IP&C policies, including those that apply to their duties, such as: hand decontamination, personal protective equipment, aseptic techniques and safe disposal of sharps.
All staff must challenge noncompliance with infection, prevention and control policies immediately and feedback through the appropriate line managers if required.
Confidentiality and data protection
All employees are expected to comply with all trust policies and procedures related to confidentiality and data protection and to work in accordance of the Data Protection Act 1998. For those posts where there is management or supervision of other staff, it is the responsibility of that employee to ensure that their staff receive appropriate training (e.g. HISS induction, organising refresher sessions for staff when necessary).
Conflict of interest
The trust is responsible for ensuring that the service provided for patients in its care meets the highest standard. Equally, it is responsible for ensuring that staff do not abuse their official position for personal gain or to benefit their family or friends. The trust’s standing orders, require any officer to declare any interest, direct or indirect with contracts involving the trust. Staff are not allowed to further their private interests in the course of their NHS duties.
Equality and diversity
The trust values equality and diversity in employment and in the services we provide. It is committed to promoting equality and diversity in employment, and will keep under review our policies and procedures to ensure that the job related needs of all staff working in the Trust, are recognised. The Trust will aim to ensure that all job applicants, employees or clients are treated fairly and valued equally regardless of: sex, marital status, domestic circumstances, age, race, colour, disablement, ethnic or national origin, social background or employment status, sexual orientation, religion, beliefs, HIV status, gender reassignment, political affiliation or trade union membership. Selection for training, development and promotion will be on the basis of the individual’s ability to meet the requirements for the job.
You are responsible for ensuring that the trust’s policies, procedures and obligation in respect of promoting equality and diversity, are adhered to in relation to both staff and services.
NHS managers’ code of conduct
As an NHS manager, you are expected to follow the code of conduct for NHS managers (October 2002).
If you have responsibility for a budget, you are expected to operate within this and under the trust’s standing financial instructions (available in the intranet’s policies section) at all times.
Barts Health values based leadership
Our leaders ensure a focus on health, where patients are at the centre of all we do. They work to create a culture where innovation is promoted and encouraged. They lead by example and demonstrate value based decision making, as being integral to the ways of working within the Trust.
Barts Health leaders are role models, who demonstrate those attitudes and behaviours which will make us unique. Our leaders are passionate about delivering high quality patient care, take pride in the work that they do to and are committed to the delivering the Barts Health NHS Trust 10 pledges of:
1. Patients will be at the heart of all we do.
2. We will provide consistently high quality health care.
3. We will continuously improve patient safety standards.
4. We will sustain and develop excellence in research, development and innovation.
5. We will sustain and develop excellence in education and training.
6. We will promote human rights and equalities.
7. We will work with health partners, to improve health and reduce health inequalities.
8. We will work with social care partners, to provide care for those who are most vulnerable.
9. We will make the best use of public resources.
10. We will provide and support the leadership to achieve these pledges.
Our leaders are visible leaders, who believe in spending time, listening and talking to our staff, patients and partners about the things that are important to them and the changes they would like to make to continuously improve patient care.
Barts Health leaders work with their teams to develop organisational values, embed them in our ways of working and create the cultural changes required, to ensure that we consistently provide an excellent patient experience, regardless of the point of delivery, in an environment where people want to work, regardless of where they work or what they do.
Qualifications and knowledge
Studying for, or have already successfully completed a minimum of 3 GCSEs with grades C and above including: Maths, English and Science.
Self-motivated with a strong desire for
long term study.
Some knowledge or exposure to chosen
Able to use IT for reporting and
Knowledge of health and safety awareness
and safe working practices.
Ability to communicate in written and oral
Experience Work experience in the chosen
Skills Ability to prioritise own work load.
Ability to work as part of a multi skilled team.
Good numeracy and literacy skills.
Personal and people development Committed to equality and diversity.
Committed to taking personal responsibility.
Communication This role requires effective written and verbal skills and the ability to communicate well with internal and external personnel. E
To travel and attend training courses as part of the Apprenticeship scheme and complete coursework on time and to a high standard.
To corporate with external/internal training providers.
Maintain and be responsible for work details to document experience.
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