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Senior HR Advisor - Operational HR Team

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year £35,392 - £42,618 Per Annum Pro Rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Job summary

This is a great opportunity for an experienced HR professional to join the HR and Organisational Development team at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust. We are looking for high quality people whose backgrounds, experience and identity will enhance the diversity of our current team.This is an exciting and challenging opportunity for a high achieving HR Professional to provide HR support to improve staff experience and engagement, develop people management skills and capability and ensure efficient workforce utilisation.

Joining us at UHP means being part of a team that is committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical expertise and excellent patient care. The Trust has many ambitious programmes for service transformation and cultural change which will rely heavily on the HR function.

Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as 'Priority' and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon who are able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification

Main duties of the job

If you are ambitious, innovative and passionate about supporting the implementation of our inspiring workforce and business initiatives, then we want to hear from you.

You will thrive on pace and complexity and have high levels of resilience and energy to support the Service Lines/Corporate Teams with their workforce requirements that supports the delivery of excellent and high quality services to patients.

You should be CIPD qualified with significant HR experience in a large complex organisation. You will also be an excellent communicator, able to work collaboratively with colleagues and stakeholders, using highly developed motivational skills to encourage enhanced organisational performance.

The main duties include:
  • To provide a customer-focussed, high quality, responsive and comprehensive Human Resources advisory service for the Trust, advising on terms and conditions, HR policies and all matters relating to the employment of staff.
  • To support the implementation of organisational change, workforce programmes and policies to enable the organisation to achieve its strategic objectives and increase workforce productivity.
  • To support the Business Partner approach to HR management, working in partnership with line management throughout designated directorates to provide a comprehensive and developmental HR service to support the Trust's business objectives.
  • Responsibility for the line management and development of the HR Advisors.

About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY. If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100. We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, as diversity strengthens our teams. It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Human Resources
  • Work to the principles of the Business Partner approach to provide advice, support and facilitation to ensure that the Trust is able to develop and deliver a Human Resources strategy that responds to identified service needs and to national and local performance targets.
  • Working autonomously, provide a comprehensive, proactive and professional expert HR advisory service to line managers across the Trust. This will include:
    • Leading and implementing organisational change;
    • Provision of expert advice and guidance on aspects of employment law and best practice;
    • Interpretation and application of AFC terms and conditions;
    • Enabling managers to understand their duties and to make informed decisions on HR issues;
    • Advice on HR policies and procedure, including complex employee relations matters.
  • Maintain an expertise in employment law and best HR practice, in order to be able to provide accurate advice to managers and staff on employment legislation issues, and their implications for the Trust.
  • Support operational managers with the review of departmental structures, the management of change and providing appropriate HR advice, with support from HR Business Partners.
  • Support the HR Business Partners with Trust-wide organisational change programmes.
  • Provide professional advice and guidance to managers on all HR Policies, working with them in taking action as appropriate, ensuring a consistent approach across other areas of the Trust to ensure fair application of Policy.
  • Lead on undertaking disciplinary and grievance investigations and hearings with line managers, providing support and guidance during investigations ensuring that agreed Trust procedures are adhered to and provide support to HR Advisors in the Directorate on case work, including:
    • Grievance and Bullying and Harassment
    • Performance and Conduct
    • Sickness Absence
    • Redeployment
  • Provide advice to employees on all aspects of Trust HR Policy, procedure and terms and conditions of employment.
  • Lead on providing managers and staff with advice on potential grievance and bullying and harassment cases, ensuring a consistent approach and working in partnership with the Trade Unions to resolve cases informally where possible.
  • Proactively advise and support managers in relation to the management of individual sickness absence cases and reduce levels by developing and agreeing sickness absence management strategies.
  • Develop workforce information reports from ESR and other systems to support effective HR management.
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships, and a partnership approach to employee relations with trade union colleagues.
  • Support the HR Business Partners in embedding employee engagement in the business functions.
  • Develop and maintain an expert knowledge of national NHS terms and conditions such as Agenda for Change, and ensure that corporate pay and reward policies are implemented on a consistent basis.

Please refer to the attached JD for the full description.

Person Specification

Knowledge & Experience


  • Thorough understanding of contemporary HR practices.
  • Significant demonstrable experience of Human Resources issues in a large complex organisation including sickness absence management, employment law and performance management issues, and complex employee relations issues
  • Demonstrable experience of supporting the implementation of organisational change



  • Grad CIPD or equivalent
  • Proven evidence of CPD


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent

Aptitude & Abilities


  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organisational skills and the ability to prioritise
  • Ability to communicate with staff at all levels of the organisation
  • Ability to work flexibly to respond to changing service priorities
  • Good IT skills, including Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and ability to use other systems as required
  • Confidence to take decisions at the appropriate level
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team
  • Ability to deal with all issues sensitively and in a confidential manner
  • Ability to communicate with employees involved in difficult circumstances in a sensitive manner
  • Ability to interpret policies, terms and conditions and analyse situations

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