Rehabilitation Engineering Manager

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust


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Job summary

An exciting development opportunity has arisen within the Chailey Rehabilitation Engineering Service for a motivated team player with extensive management and leadership skills to join the team as our Rehabilitation Engineering Manager.

Main duties of the job

Chailey Clinical Services is a specialist paediatric service which serves children and young people with severe and complex physical disabilities. You will be leading a team of Rehabilitation Engineers and Technicians who design, develop, manufacture and modify assistive technology to support our clients with their posture and activities of daily living. Within the Rehabilitation Engineering Service you will work alongside Clinical Scientists, Engineers, Technicians and our Quality Manager. Within Chailey Clinical Services you will work collaboratively with our large multidisciplinary team, including paediatricians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and nurses with our clients to ensure they receive high quality, timely and appropriate equipment. We work with young people and their families throughout their growth and development into adulthood, offering the opportunity to developing collaborative and productive relationships with our clients.

About us

The Rehabilitation Engineering Service is in the midst of an exciting project of investment into the technology we use to manufacture and modify equipment. This project offers innovation opportunities for the whole department alongside team and service development. We also have a strong training and continuing professional development programme to grow and develop our own experienced team. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual who is keen to join us and lead our workshop team to develop the service and maintain the high standard of care we provide to our clients.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To be operationally responsible for the Rehabilitation Engineering Service (RES) Workshop (mechanical) to include the management of technical staff and the day to day assessment and resolution of urgent clinical jobs, technical tasks requiring planning, allocation of work, quality checking of work and ensuring processes and policies are followed.

To be responsible for the health and safety processes, including regular safety audits and ensuring current legislation is applied within the workshop. This requires developing and implementing additional processes to ensure compliance with SCFT and national policy and to be proactive when practices in the workshop change.

To analyse and assess highly complex cases to provide expert support to engineers working with clients, carers and in multidisciplinary teams to identify the problems that assistive technology may solve and use my judgement to give expert advice to clinicians.

To assess children with highly complex disabilities and design, develop, adapt and produce equipment appropriate to the agreed solution and to clearly communicate the technical aspects of the use of the equipment produced with the rest of the team.

To work as part of the RES Management Team to support the development of long term strategic plans for the Rehabilitation Engineering Service and collaborate in the development of new policies and procedures and be responsible for the effective implementation of these amongst workshop staff.

Responsible for budget in area and approved signatory for expenditure, organising and preparing financial reports for the department end of year stock take, budget setting and regularly monitoring expenditure against budget. To be responsible for and manage the procurement of all physical resources and maintenance within the workshop, manage budget expenditure and cost the materials and specialist components made within the service.

Person Specification

Registered with the RCT or AHCS or registered with HCPC as Clinical Scientist.


  • Achieved



  • Masters qualification in Engineering (or equivalent level of knowledge in Rehabilitation Engineering).

Previous experience


  • Service Knowledge Previous experience knowledge of different types of rehabilitation engineering services and experience of leadership and staff management ( 3 years)
  • Experience of working in at least one rehabilitation engineering service.

Effective leadership of a team


  • Previous experience of team working and able to demonstrate effective leadership of a team.



  • Knowledge of manufacturing processes and health & safety

Experience of managing Rehabilitation Engineering Services.


  • Examples of management responsibility

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

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UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust


Chailey Clinical Services

Beggars Wood Road

North Chailey, Nr Lewes


Employer's website (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Tracey Zysemil


Date posted

19 October 2021

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 8a


£47,126 to £53,219 a year Pro Rata



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

Chailey Clinical Services

Beggars Wood Road

North Chailey, Nr Lewes


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