Electricians in the NHS make sure that electrical systems and equipment are safe and in good working order.
This page has information on the role of an electrician in the NHS, including entry requirements and skills needed.
The NHS relies on electric power and electrical equipment. They are essential to keep hospitals and other NHS buildings safe and working efficiently. Many NHS services use complex electrical equipment to treat patients, keep IT-based records and provide services such as heating, catering, laundry, etc.
As an electrician in the NHS, your work will include
- planned maintenance
- repairing equipment that is broken or faulty
- testing equipment and systems
- improvements and installations
Who will I work with?
You'll work alongside other estates services staff such as plumbers, carpenters or bricklayers as well as estates and facilities managers. You may travel between sites in an NHS vehicle or their own van.
While electricians are working inside a building, staff and patients may be there, but electricians do not have direct contact with healthcare staff or patients.
Electricians may work for businesses providing electrical services to the NHS.
To be fully qualified as an electrician, you need a level 3 qualification, usually an NVQ and/or a Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems and Equipment.
Although electricians often join the NHS fully qualified and experienced, it may be possible to train as an electrician. Employers usually ask for at least three GCSEs (or equivalent), including maths, English and science. They may ask for some experience in construction or other practical work and a driving licence.
There are sometimes apprenticeships in estates support/estates maintenance that can provide this type of experience. Find out more about apprenticeships
Electricians need to be
- very health and safety aware
- able to follow procedures
- careful and responsible
- able to work alone or unsupervised when necessary
- able to work to deadlines
- good manual (hand) skills
- organisational skills
- time management skills
Training and development
When you start as a trainee electrician, your training will include
- health and safety
- how to use the tools and equipment
- all aspects of electrical work
You will be encouraged to study for qualifications such as NVQs.
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Estates staff working in the NHS are paid on the Agenda for Change (AfC) pay system. As an estates support worker, you could start on AfC band 1 or 2. As a qualified electrician in estates maintenance, you will typically start on AfC band 3. With further training and experience, you could apply for more senior positions at bands 4 and above.
Electricians in the NHS work standard hours of around 37.5 a week. The job may involve shifts including early starts, evenings and weekends. Electricians may be part of an on-call rota for emergency cover.
Terms and conditions will usually be different for electricians working outside of the NHS.
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Once fully qualified and with experience, an electrician can become a team leader, supervising the work of others. With further experience you could progress to manager, responsible for electrical services in a hospital, area or trust.
There are opportunities outside the NHS.
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If you're applying for a role either directly in the NHS or in an organisation that provides NHS services, you'll be asked to show how you think the NHS values apply in your everyday work.
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