HHSRS Enforcement

Assessing Fire Risk
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20 September

Member: £184 | Affiliate member: £284 | Non member: £284

This one-day course will teach essential practical tips on HHSRS enforcement through a mixture of tutorial sessions and case studies. Delegates will explore all options and tools to determine with confidence the most appropriate course of action after an HHSRS assessment.

The course will also discuss new initiatives available (such as the new primary authority housing proposals) to effectively fulfil enforcement duties and good practice requirements.

Why should you attend:

  • Receive practical tips on HHSRS enforcement
  • Become familiar with the requirements for powers of entry
  • Appreciate the options for action after the HHSRS assessment
  • Explore how to determine the most appropriate course of action
  • Review the role of the Residential Property Tribunal
  • Examine case studies and share your own experiences

Who should attend:

  • Environmental health practitioners
  • Property and housing managers
  • Social landlords

CPD: 5 Hours 30 minutes

▼ Programme 

09:00   Registration
09:30   Introduction and welcome
  • Key issues for HHSRS enforcement
  • Powers of entry
10.15   Options for action & determining the most appropriate course of action
Case studies and discussion
11.15   Refreshment break
11.30   Preparing notices and statement of reasons
Case studies and discussion
12.30   Lunch
13.30   The primary authority housing initiatives
  • Use of emergency action
  • Case studies and discussion
  • Understanding the role of the Residential Property Tribunal
14.45   Refreshment break
  • Revocation and variation
  • Prosecution
  • Case studies and discussion
16.00   Review of good practice
16.30   Collect CPDs, depart
▼ Speakers 

Paul Fitzgerald  

Paul FitzgeraldPaul qualified as an Environmental Health Officer in 1979 and has worked for a number of inner London and two rural authorities, specialising in private sector housing. Paul has also worked for a Residential Social Landlord as a Maintenance Manager, dealing with routine, cyclical and project management. Since 1995, Paul has worked as a consultant in this field, carrying out, managing and quality assessing stock condition surveys, working for both public and private sector landlords on specific projects or providing staff cover. He set up his own company in 1998.

After leaving school, Paul was one of the first students to obtain a B.Sc. (Hons) in Environmental Health at the University of Greenwich, gaining further qualifications with a Diploma in Management Studies from Kingston University and in Quality Assurance Assessment.

Paul has been involved with the implementation of the Housing Health and Safety Hazard Rating System since its inception in 1999. He is a University of Warwick Trainer for the system, having helped deliver over 100 courses on its assessment and enforcement.

Recent contracts have included;

  • Managing the Houses in Multiple Occupation Team at Eastbourne Borough Council
  • Acting Private Sector Housing Manager for Gravesham Borough Council, specifically submitting a successful bid for £0.86M additional grant funding
  • Delivering training courses to Private Sector Landlords on HMO issues
  • Delivering training courses to Surveying Companies and RSLs on the Health and Safety Hazard Rating System

He is currently employed as a Private Sector Safety Team Manager with Oxford City Council dealing with all aspects of Private Sector Housing, taking the lead on Unlawful Developments and Private Sector Housing Policy.

Deborah Robinson
Managing Director, Quay Interactions

Deborah Robinson Deborah is a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner with 25 years Local Government experience, 13 years as a Director of a District Council delivering Environmental Health, Waste Management and Housing as well as leading on organisational development and communications. In 2004 she launched her own company, drawing on her experience of senior and corporate management within Local Government and specialising in Transactional Analysis as a basis for individual and organisational learning and growth.

Over the last five years she has taken the lead in a number of strategic partnerships with Government, other Local Authorities and the private sector, where she has built a reputation of facilitating collaborative working; negotiating and delivering leading-edge developments.

Her strengths lie in providing support and guidance to enable people to perform as individuals and within teams to achieve organisational goals.

Deborah has been involved with the implementation of the Housing Health and Safety Hazard Rating System and has helped deliver over 100 courses on the assessment and enforcement of the system. She is also an Assessor of Professional Development for the CIEH.

Recent contracts include:

  • Facilitating employee groups to support changes in organisational culture
  • Negotiating funding agreements with Government on behalf of partnerships
  • Delivering HHSRS training
  • Improving the performance of multi-disciplinary Teams
  • Coaching senior managers 1:1
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