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Senior People Advisor

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
Brighton, Worthing or Chichester
£35,392 to £42,618 a year Per annum, pro rata
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
We are looking for enthusiastic and professional individuals who are fully qualified or working towards qualification with the CIPD to join our Employee Relations team. Previous NHS experience is preferred but not essential.

You will provide specialist advice and guidance to managers and employees regarding all employee relation issues (incorporating all staff, including Medical). This will include conduct and performance management, grievances, sickness and other absences in accordance with Trust policies, current legislation, the ACAS code of practice and other professional standards.

You will ensure effective and high quality evidence based investigations of conduct and other people related issues, ensuring that risks and issues are flagged in a timely mannerThis role has a hybrid working pattern and is part office and part remote working. Your base will be one of our hospital sites in either Brighton, Worthing or Chichester.

Main duties of the job

The key elements of this role are to:
  • Provide proactive and professional advice and guidance to managers and employees regarding all employee relation issues. This will include conduct and performance management, grievances, sickness and other absence in accordance with Trust Policies, current legislation, the ACAS code of practice and other professional standards.
  • Support managers in providing effective and high quality evidence based investigations of conduct and other people related issues
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of employee case management and inputting more widely into all employee relations case management across the Trust
  • Support managers in using effective people management practices to improve service performance and productivity by using mediation and coaching techniques and developing and delivering training programmes.

  • About us

    Join us atUHSussex, every day is different, you can be the change, better neverstops

    AtUHSussexwe're proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of theUK's largest acute Trusts, we're a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that have embodied the NHS for over 70 years.

    Improving lives:We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation, with hardworking, talented and dedicated individuals, who work together towards a common goal, to always put ourPatient First.Our mission is summed up by our 'where better never stops' motto and no matter the role atUHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives of patients across Sussex.We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in ourwellbeing programmefor staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need itbecausewe know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

    Build a career with us:As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosingUHSussexyou are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that youdo.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    Provide complex HR advice and guidance to staff and managers on workforce-related issues generated from enquiries which may be emailed, over the telephone or face to face. Very complex issues should be referred to an Employee Relations Manager or the Employee Relations Team Manager.

    To provide appropriate HR support to managers to maintain a fair and consistent approach to all employee relation issues, including providing recommendations on the way forward where no precedent exists or options conflict.

    Manage a caseload of highly complex employee relations cases in an advisory capacity ensuring they are handled appropriately and in a timely manner, including prioritizing work on a daily and ongoing basis and identifying and managing changing priorities.

    Support managers in conducting investigations within agreed timescales and attending hearings which will include preparation for the investigation as well as assistance in producing investigation reports, management cases and other documentation. This will also require planning of investigation meetings, including liaising with external parties. Very complex investigations/hearings should be referred to an Employee Relations Manager.

    To ensure partnership working between HR team and line managers on the management of sickness absence in order to reduce the levels of sickness absence and related costs.

    Through liaison with other teams and directorate maintain an awareness of the local and national agenda

    Engage in collaborate problem solving with co-workers and staff and other outside agencies.

    Person Specification

    Essential and Desirable


    • CIPD qualified
    • post grad qual or equiv exp
    • HR exp including in an ER role
    • Exp of advising on T& C and people policies and procedures
    • Knowledge of employment legislation and good practice
    • Exp of coaching/training managers in good people practice
    • Experience of working with trade unions


    • Experience of working in the NHS

    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) .

    From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

    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

    University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


    Brighton, Worthing or Chichester

    Brighton, Worthing or Chichester

    BN11 2DH

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