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Associate Employee Relations Consultant

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pa
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

This is an opportunity for you to be part of a dynamic and fast-paced employee relations team. You will be looking after a variety of employee relations activities for a workforce of 14,000 plus. In this role you will be fully involved in supporting managers with absence meetings, disciplinaries and other employee relations matters.

Our team of 10 provides full service employee relations service and are expected to have a wide range of up-to-date knowledge of employee relations.

We are a dynamic and fast paced environment, which is always evolving and always improving and encourages innovation. We are committed to your career development and offer a supportive, flexible and collaborative working environment.

Main duties of the job


You can read an overview of the main duties of the role in the section below: Job Description and Main Responsibilities.

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents attached.

About us


As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated 'Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

At UHS we are committed to providing a flexible working environment. We believe that it benefits everyone if we achieve a positive work-life balance. Whether you are balancing family, study or your wellbeing with your career, we want to support you so you can help our patients.

We're proud to have been voted in the Top Five acute Trusts for our commitment to supporting our staff to achieve work-life balance.

UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme and life insurance.

Job description

Job responsibilities


It will be a fast-paced role within an already fast paced team and you will have your own case load as well as support one of the Trusts divisions. This will mean;
  • Attending on-site meetings (This will be at Southampton General Hospital, Lymington Hospital and various other sites within a 20 mile radius of Southampton)
  • Provide quality, timely HR advice to your division and THQ managers across a range of HR issues
  • Advise, coach and train managers in using effective people management practices
You will need to be part CIPD qualified or equivalent, this is an excellent opportunity for someone who is willing to gain their full CIPD qualification.
  • We need someone who is able to travel between the various sites
  • Excellent communication skills will be crucial to the role
  • A wide knowledge of Employee Relations within a complex organisation and experience with a variety of ER issues which can be demonstrated at interview stage
The core hours of availability for the employee relations team is 08:00-18:00, there are different shifts to ensure there is cover for these hours so you will need to be flexible.

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 06th June 2023.

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person Specification



  • Degree Level education or able to demonstrate comparable levels of knowledge.
  • Undertaking full CIPD qualification at minimum level 5 or equivalent or prepared to.
  • Evidence of CPD


  • Part CIPD qualified or studying CIPD



  • Relevant generalist HR experience at operational level in a complex organisation, preferably NHS / public sector/large private sector
  • Experience in delivering training sessions
  • Able to demonstrate competence in providing HR advice.
  • Experience of dealing with the range of operational HR issues


  • Supervisory experience

Aptitudes and skills


  • Able to communicate clearly at all levels of the organisation both verbally and in writing
  • Able to influence and persuade effectively
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Ability to plan time to prioritise and manage a diverse caseload
  • IT skills - competent use of Microsoft Office
  • Able to create and manipulate reports using Excel
  • Progressive/innovative approach to HRM and the contribution of HRM to NHS service delivery
  • Ability to manage own workload and meet deadlines with minimal supervision
  • Ability to take ownership of projects
  • Report writing skills
  • Displays effective and adaptable interpersonal and influencing skills
  • Ability to form positive relationships at all levels


  • Displays innovative and lateral thinking
  • Competent in the use of ESR

Living the Trust values


  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

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