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Head of Corporate Health & Safety and VAPR

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
2 Oct 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a new position of Head of Corporate Health & Safety and Violence and Abuse Prevention & Reduction Manager (VAPR) within the Risk and Compliance Directorate.

The post-holder will also have a responsibility to help establish and monitor procedures to ensure that the Trust complies with all relevant legislation, demonstrating an in depth professional knowledge of health and safety, risk and VAPR, procedures and practice and being the subject matter expert.

Using expert knowledge the post holder will be responsible for advising managers, representatives and colleagues on all issues relating to Health and Safety at work, VAPR and Security and for the development, delivery and coordination of Health and Safety training for colleagues.

The post holder will need to work closely with staff at all levels to ensure confidence in health and safety of users of our services, and our staff. We cover a large geographical area and staff work in multiple buildings, across both our own and service partner's buildings.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will be expected to be both proactive and reactive in leading the development of the strategy, overseeing the management of teams involved in health & safety and VAPR and provide expert advice to the Executive team, peers and junior staff and will be the named responsible person for external liaison in respect of Health and Safety Executive.

You will need to be resilient and able to address a complex agenda with energy and passion for the work with excellent leadership skills to support both the organisation and the Health and Safety team to move forwards to achieve their objectives.

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Responsible for leading the development and co-ordination of the Trusts health & safety, VAPR and security management Strategies.
  • Lead on all Health and Safety matters ensuring organisational compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act
  • To contribute to the Corporate Governance/Risk Management agenda, ensuring that risk management processes across the organisation are integrated in line with the organisational risk management and assurance policy and monitor their effectiveness
  • To represent the Trust at external meetings as appropriate
  • To deputise for other Heads of departments in the Directorate during periods of annual leave or absence
  • Establish and maintain databases/ spreadsheets on a range of issues as required with accurate records and distribution lists
  • Develop networks and effective communication with Directors/ Associate Directors and other stakeholders in relation to the activities of the Directorate
  • The post holder will be responsible for the systematic identification, recording, evaluation and mitigation of risks arising from non-compliance with statutory legislation relating to the management of Health and Safety within the Trust
  • Undertake specific responsibilities as identified by the Head of Risk and Incident Management or Associate Director/Director of Risk and Compliance commensurate with the role and pay band of the post.
  • To be responsible for maintaining robust systems for reporting to the Health and Safety executive those incidents that are reportable under the Reporting of Injuries, Disease and Dangerous Occurrence Regulations (RIDDOR) and ensure that incidents are fully investigated.
  • Lead on the implementation of the Health and Safety/VAPR standards within the appropriate Fundamental Standards of the Care Quality Commission and contribute to the wider governance agenda.
  • To be responsible for monitoring the quality of the risk assessments/inspections/audit outcomes and provide training and documentation to meet the required standards for completion of Health and Safety risk assessments and the risk management system.
  • To lead on the continuous improvement in relation to Health and Safety and VAPR within the Trust directed by national policy, developing action plans and supporting their implementation.
  • To be responsible for identifying funding and resource opportunities in to Health and Safety and VAPR including education, training and development programmes.
  • Identify opportunities for shared learning and governance arrangements with partner organisations.
  • Exercise judgement in updating reports in appropriate formats, which may involve the provision and receipt of complex, conflicting and sensitive information for analysis, assessment and conflict resolution
  • Have an awareness of emerging risks within the organisation including external horizon scanning as appropriate
  • Manage and maintain and use innovation to develop the intranet page for Health & Safety and VAPR functions.
  • To be responsible for ensuring the annual ligature programme is planned and completed in line with policy.

  • Person Specification



    • oMasters level degree or equivalent experience.
    • oChartered membership of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health or equivalent or currently working towards this
    • oManagement qualification or evidence of formal leadership/management training
    • oEvidence of recent further relevant study/professional development
    • oExperience of providing health and safety services in the NHS or healthcare sector
    • oSignificant experience of health and safety provision in a large complex organisation
    • oExperience of implementing Safety Management principles arising from HSG 65 in a large and complex organisation
    • oDiploma in risk management or equivalent experience



    • oKnowledge of good practice in Organisational Risk Management including Board Assurance Framework
    • oA clear understanding of the role of safety and risk management in achieving corporate and service objectives, quality, efficiency and improved service delivery in the NHS.
    • oComprehensive knowledge of Health and Safety legislation, codes of practice, standards and any other regulatory requirements with the ability to interpret and advise on their implications within the NHS and healthcare sector.
    • oEvidence of significant contribution to health and Safety developments
    • oProvision of education to various and multi-professional groups



    • oExcellent communication skills (written and verbal)
    • oExperience of working in the NHS and experience in health and safety, VAPR and risk management.
    • oAdvanced IT and keyboard use
    • oAbility to demonstrate and apply negotiation, facilitation, mediation and persuasion skills with excellent interpersonal and communication skills
    • oAble to work across a range of oMicrosoft office applications
    • oAble to identify, interpret and analyse complex information
    • oPrevious experience of delivering presentations to different staff groups
    • oAble to work individually and as part of a team.
    • oAble to prioritise workload and to work to agreed deadlines.
    • oAbility to develop and maintain databases, systems and processes for accurate record
    • oProven record of producing high quality written reports for, and formal minutes of, meetings.
    • oProficient in Microsoft Office programmes to an advanced level
    • oExcellent written, oral and presentation skills including the ability to communicate with colleagues at all levels of the organisation.
    • oAbility to effectively problem solve/ negotiate/ consult to ensure problems and barriers to success can be overcome/ resolved
    • oGood organisational and time management skills and ability to prioritise conflicting demands
    • oAble to exercise own initiative when dealing with issues within the boundaries of job responsibilities and own area of competence.
    • oAbility to develop strong and collaborative working within the team and with key stakeholder,
    • oProvision of education to various and multi-professional groups
    • oStrategic planning experience


    • oEvidence of effective change management skills
    • oPrevious experience of managing/ leading projects

    Personal Qualities


    • oShares the Trust's Beliefs and models this in their attitude and behaviour
    • oAbility to work with people at all levels and of all backgrounds and to communicate with them and ensure that information is understood in a format that they can understand.
    • oGood organisational skills and ability to prioritise own and team workloads to meet changing demands.
    • oAbility to work flexibly, under pressure and to tight timescales
    • oAbility to cope with prolonged and intense concentration
    • oHighly developed leadership and influencing skills with the ability to enthuse, motivate and involve individuals and teams across professional boundaries

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


    The Lodge

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    SS11 7XX

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