Human Resources Business Partner (Strategy)

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year per annum
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the largest hospital Trust in the Tees Valley and our core purpose is to provide acute and community services with the highest quality of patient care and experience.

The role

Reporting directly to the Director of Human Resources, you will undertake a significant role in developing, implementing and embedding our People Plan enabling strategies and innovative practices throughout the Trust. Staff engagement, embedding our values and supporting a culture change journey will underpin the purpose of this role.

A key focus of the role will be to lead the Trust agenda for Staff Engagement, Equality Diversity & Inclusion, Health & Wellbeing and responding to our staff survey results.

You will champion the culture of Inclusion at South Tees Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and work collaboratively across the organisation. You will support the continuous development of the infrastructure for staff networks and support the Network Chairs whilst supporting leaders and the wider workforce to be accountable around initiatives that address inequity.

The successful candidate will work in conjunction with key stakeholders to support the implementation of both the national and local People Plan across the Trust. Our partnership working ethos with trade union colleagues is at the heart of our engagement strategy and this role will play a vital link in continuing these relationships.

Main duties of the job

You will have an understanding of issues relating to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion within large complex organisations, and whilst experience in the NHS or the public sector is not required, an understanding would be an advantage. You will need to bring passion, insights and energy to our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion agenda and be excited at the prospect of engaging in new innovative and creative ways in addressing and working on culture change relating to EDI.

You will have a passion for staff engagement and working with key stakeholders. You will develop and deliver an engagement plan to embed the Trust values through the delivery of the South Tees Way. Developing a restorative, just and learning culture where colleagues have a psychologically safe working environment.

With a strong analytical understanding and a great eye for detail, you will be responsible for analysing complex data and interpret reports, such as some of the NHS regulatory frameworks including our Equality Delivery System, Workforce Race Equality Scheme and Workforce Disability Equality Scheme.

The successful candidate will be an established leader with substantial senior HR experience, stakeholder engagement skills and a proven track record of implementing people strategies and innovative practice across organisations. You will be highly driven, goal and action orientated and have a talent for inspiring and motivating others whilst being able to meet deadlines in a fast paced environment.

This individual will have the ability to establish strong working relationships and inspire individuals and teams to deliver and improve the services we offer to our patients. You will be able to confidently engage with colleagues, chair a number of working groups and have highly developed planning skills.

About us

Leadership and Improvement Training

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust offers leadership and improvement training to all new staff to the Trust this training programme has been designed to support our leaders in developing their understanding of leadership and management skills. You will be expected to attend the leadership development programme, and the Quality Improvement Programme that the Trust delivers. This programme aims to

Explore leadership within the NHS

Promote Trust Values and Behaviours

Develop your Leadership effectiveness and skills

Practitioner level in quality improvement, equipping you with the skills to champion, lead and complete quality improvement within your role

After you complete this four and a half days of training you will be able to explore further leadership and improvement training opportunities, we offer further in-house courses dependent upon your role and bitesize programmes and leadership apprenticeships at level 3,5 and 7.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Details of the full job description and person specification are available to view when you click to apply for the vacancy and click on the about this job link and the documents will be attached at the bottom of the screen.

Person Specification

Knowledge and Skills


  • Strong knowledge of key performance indicators relating to HR.
  • Strong knowledge of best practice HR initiatives and recent legislative changes with an ability to turn these innovative ideas into working models throughout the Trust
  • Expert knowledge of equalities legislation
  • Knowledge of general employment law and best HR practice


  • Strong knowledge of best practice strategic HR initiative in the NHS and wider health economy



  • Masters qualification in relevant subject or equivalent experience
  • Further specialist training or experience in related field i.e., inclusion and equalities legislation


  • Additional management qualification or equivalent experience



  • Experience of undertaking a role that includes project management at a senior level. Proven ability to work to strict deadlines and to identify and meet key miles stones.
  • Experience of interpreting and applying EDI experience to the benefit of broader complex employee relations matters and employee engagement with stakeholders.
  • Experience of working in a strategic role and developing HR strategies and initiatives.
  • Significant experience of data analysing and benchmarking external and internal data
  • Track record of delivering significant and measurable business benefits

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) .

Employer details

Employer name

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


The James Cook University Hospital

Marton Road



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