HR Advisor

Wrightington Wigan & Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
4 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are an acute Teaching Hospital Trust and are looking recruitment 2 HR Advisors to join our Business Services Team.

In these varied and busy roles you will support the Senior HRBP (Surgery Division) or Senior HRBP (Corporate Division and Sterile Services and Decontamination Departments).

The successful candidates will be qualified to degree level (or with demonstrable equivalent experience) and hold CIPD Graduate level membership with experience of working in a large and complex organisation supporting clinical or corporate services.

You will be autonomous in your role and be responsible for working in partnership with our People Managers in providing pragmatic, responsive, legally compliant and value adding HR advice, to meet the People Strategy, Workforce and Divisional Corporate objectives.

You will have a sound knowledge of employment law and have the ability to interpret case law and its application. You will be required to effectively prioritise and organise your own caseload and conflicting demands upon your time.

Previous applicants need not apply.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - We will be continuously reviewing application and scheduling interviews on a rolling basis until we find the right candidate. While there is no official closing date we encourage interested individuals to apply at their earliest convenience to ensure consideration.

Main duties of the job

The HR Advisor is responsible for the delivery of a proactive, effective, and high-quality Human Resource service to Divisional Managers, Medical Managers, and employees, which is responsive to the needs of the organisation.

The post holder will be responsible for delivering operational HR, ensuring the provision is efficient, effective, and business focused within recognised external and internal standards. The post holder will ensure that the service can meet the evolving needs of managers and employees in the Trust in line with the People Strategy, the quality agenda for patients and service users and develop systems to deliver an excellent HR service. They will support HR colleagues to develop the people management capability of line managers, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to handle staff management responsibilities.

As a critical member of the HR team, the post holder will support Trust Divisions, under the direction of the Senior HR Business Partner, to deliver the Trust's People strategy.

The post holder may also be required to take a supportive role on some Trust wide initiative / developments or HR projects.

They will deputise for the Senior HR Business Partner when required.

We support agile working, however there will be a requirement to travel to other Trust sites as required.

This vacancy may close early

About us

Choose Well - Choose WWL

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are the proud providers of acute hospital and community services to the people of the Wigan Borough and surrounding areas. At WWL, we value our staff believing that 'happy staff, makes for happy patients'. We have a recognised track record in staff engagement, and living our values 'the WWL Way'.

WWL are committed to placing the patient at the heart of everything we do, and in the provision of safe, effective care that acknowledges and ensures dignity. With this in mind we are seeking to recruit people who share our values and beliefs.


Please note that senior positions (AFC band 8A or above) may be expected to participate in an on-call rota, if the role is predominantly operational.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Work with the Senior HR Business Partners to provide a focused and bespoke approach to operational HR management across the The post holder will use an internal consultancy approach enabling them to research, respond, design and delivery bespoke HR solutions to Divisional problems. Key to this approach is ensuring that there is a clear understanding of the need for consistency in service provided to the Divisions.
  • Provide professional HR advice and support to staff and managers across the Trust.
  • To work with all HR professionals across each function to ensure that lessons are learned, and the service is business focussed
  • Align own practice to the delivery of the Trusts Corporate Objectives and People Strategy, and thereby drive the delivery of divisional Performance Management against agreed HR Indicators / targets.
  • Develop key relationships with internal service users to determine key service requirements.
  • Advise medical staff, Managers and employees on the interpretation and application of terms and conditions of employment, Trust policies, current legislation, and Codes of Practice, ensuring that good employment practices are developed, maintained and that legal obligations are upheld
  • Advise medical staff, managers on job planning process and use of Allocate job planning system
  • Provide professional advice and support to Managers / Medical Managers dealing with employment issues, including the use of the Trusts disciplinary, grievance and capability procedures, ensuring that procedures are followed and fairly and consistently applied. This will include support around the preparation and management of Employment Tribunals as appropriate
  • Support managers / Medical Managers in developing and maintaining Personal Development Review systems, ensuring that staff in the Divisions are appraised annually and have a Personal Development Plan in line with Trust Policy.
  • Advise Managers / Medical managers on the management of attendance, taking action as appropriate, and ensuring a consistent approach amongst the Management Team, to assist in reducing levels of absenteeism and thereby maximising Proactively support divisional management to actively review and manage both Long and Short-Term Absenteeism in line with Trust Policy.

Person Specification



  • Degree/Equivalent experience
  • Current CIPD Graduate membership


  • Masters in HRM
  • Chartered CIPD membership



  • Demonstrable HR experience in a large complex organisation
  • Partnership working - effective working relationships with staff side
  • Experience of managing employee relations in a complex organisation
  • Proven ability to deliver on key HR issues
  • HR Policy Development
  • NHS HR Experience



  • Influencing and Negotiating skills
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good presentation and report writing skills
  • A confident and supportive leader
  • Change agent who can deliver on key issues
  • Ability to work under pressure and with competing demands to meet deadlines
  • Ability to handle complex issues and problems
  • Good team player with a proactive approach
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Good analytical skills
  • Self-motivated



  • Up to date knowledge of employment legislation and case law
  • Consultant job planning



  • Ability to travel between Trust sites
  • Speak English to an appropriate standard relevant to their role, i.e. with confidence and accuracy, using correct sentence structures and vocabulary, and without hesitation.

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

Wrightington Wigan & Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Buckingham Row

Brick Kiln Lane



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