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People (HR) Advisor

University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust
Depending on experience Applications are welcome from those meeting the People Officer JD
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Job summary

We are looking for new talent in our People Operations service at UHNM. If you have achieved the L5 Diploma in Human Resources Management and have demonstrable experience working in Human Resources, then our People Advisor role is for you.

However, if you have either the qualification or the experience, but not both, our People Officer role is available too. If appointed to People Officer, we will work with you on a development plan to reach People Advisor.

This key role in the People Directorate provides comprehensive, compassionate and professional HR support to clinical and non-clinical areas. You will be part of a great team improving the working lives of the people who deliver care to our patients.

We have 3 vacancies as follows:

- Vacancy A - Divisionally based in our Medicine and Urgent Care Division, for 37.5 hours per week on a permanent basis

- Vacancy B - Divisionally based in our Surgical Division for 15 hours per week on a permanent basis

- Vacancy C - Corporately based in our Employee Relations Team for 37.5 hours per week and fixed term to cover maternity leave until 31/03/2024 or the date the post holder returns to work if that is sooner

Please indicate in your personal statement which vacancy you are applying for.

Main duties of the job

You will deliver advice and guidance in line with legislation, UHNM policies, and NHS terms and conditions on a wide range of issues, including dignity at work, resolution, disciplinary, performance and attendance management.

Divisionally based People Advisors will coach managers through formal sickness, resolution, conduct and capability processes. You will help clinical teams understand the people issues in their Divisions by producing reports using information from the Trust systems. You will work closely with the People Business Partner to have an understanding of people trends in Divisions.

Corporately based People Advisors will contribute to service improvement by auditing and reviewing ER cases and people processes to ensure consistency and continuous improvement, developing standard procedures and developing learning and training materials.

The successful candidates for all roles will be people focussed, analytical in mindset and proactive in problem solving. You will be able to manage your own workload, apply compassion, tact and diplomacy to difficult situations and know when to escalate issues outside your scope of practice . With good ICT skills, you will be able to use Microsoft Office and bespoke systems.

People Advisors are autonomous operators with the ability to lead their own caseload. People Officers will support these processes and work towards autonomous practice.

About us

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust is one of the largest and most modern in the country. Based across two sites, Royal Stoke in Stoke-on-Trent and County Hospital in Stafford, we are proud to serve around three million people and we're highly regarded for our facilities, teaching and research. We are the specialist centre for major trauma for the North Midlands and North Wales.

All of our employees make a valuable contribution regardless of role here at UHNM and we are proud of our wide range of development packages aimed at ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their true potential.

UHNM create and encourage a culture of inclusion, providing equal opportunities for career development that are fair and transparent. We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive employer and foster a culture in which all staff feel valued and respected. In return we ask all of our employees to make a commitment to the values, co-created by or staff, patients and carers, and that unite us as a Trust.

At University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust we know that investing in, supporting and developing our staff has a direct impact on the quality of care that we deliver. Our employees are as important as our patients and the population that we serve.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information on this vacancy, please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification or contact the Hiring Manager.

Person Specification



  • CIPD Level 5 Diploma in HR Management or equivalent CIPD accredited qualification
  • Associate Membership of the CIPD


  • Agenda for Change Job Evaluation Training



  • Demonstrated experience of dealing with a range of people issues within a unionised environment
  • Experience of conducting investigations, grievance and sickness management casework
  • Experience of effective case management
  • Experience of contributing to the development of policies and procedures
  • Experience of analysing HR data (quantitative and qualitative), producing HR reports based on management information


  • Experience of working within the Healthcare sector

Knowledge, abilities and skills


  • Knowledge of Employment Law and its application in the workplace
  • Ability to deal with difficult situations with tact and diplomacy
  • Effective communication skills (written and verbal) and the ability to develop strong positive working relationships
  • Ability to collect, collate and analyse information to enable informed decisions to be made
  • Competent user of Microsoft Office applications


  • Working knowledge of ESR or similar electronic records system

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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