HR Advisor

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£29,828 to £36,311 Per Annum (Incl. HCAS)
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a HR Advisor looking for a new role which can offer you a varied working environment?Are you looking for a role which can offer flexibility to coincide with your outside of work commitments?

We have maternity cover fixed term contract opportunity for 9-12 months for a CIPD qualified (Level 5 minimum) experienced HR Advisor to join our team on either a full or part time basis. This HR Advisor position sits within the Children's, Families and All Age Services Division

This is a really exciting time to get involved as the HR department has gone through a restructure recently in line with service changes. This means there is real opportunity for someone with a true passion and experience to be involved in developing the new HR strategy and setting the tone for HR processes in their service moving forward.

For this role we require someone who has previously worked as an HR Advisor (preferably within the NHS/UK Public Sector) providing support and advice to Managers on key policies (disciplinary, early resolution/grievance, sickness absence management, performance management) as well as having experience in advising managers on employee relations casework upto and including dismissal.

The base for this role is at Upton Hospital in Slough, there is a requirement to attend a monthly in person team meeting at our head offices in Bracknell and you will also be expected to travel to our other sites in Berkshire, on an ad-hoc basis. The rest of your role will be home based.

Main duties of the job

  • You will work closely with the People Business Partnering team to ensure the provision of an efficient and effective human resource service, which includes employee relations case management, recruitment, workforce planning, health and well-being and absence management.
  • Providing professional HR advice to all levels of managers across the full range of employee relations issues including disciplinary, performance improvement, early resolution, sickness absence, redeployment, in line with our policies and employment legislation.
  • Act as the contact point for managers and staff seeking advice on the interpretation and application of terms and conditions of service, employment law and employment policies and procedures. You will be required to analyse queries and offer solutions, including the identification of risks, escalating more complex queries to the relevant member of the People Business Partnering team.
  • You will be a central point of contact for the employee relations casework within your Division, liaising with all levels of staff and our trade unions in a professional way, dealing with confidential information on a daily basis. You will have a key role in making sure that we achieve our targets for the resolution of all employee relations cases.

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust isa specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we're committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.

We value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer.We work hard to create an inclusive environment where you'll be supported by friendly and professional colleagues to flourish.

Our values at Berkshire Healthcare:
  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Benefits of working for us include:
  • Flexible working options to support work-life balance.
  • 27 days' annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Excellent learning and career development opportunities
  • 'Cycle to Work' and car leasing scheme
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities and armed forces community to support equality
  • Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave.
  • Free parking across Trust sites

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description for more information about this role and working at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

The must haves for this role:
  • Degree or equivalent experience
  • A level 5 CIPD qualification, or equivalent experience
  • Experience of working in a generalist HR or Employee Relations Advisory role in a multi-skilled professional and unionised environment
  • Full UK driving license and access to vehicle

If youre someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, join us and lets be outstanding together.

We welcome a conversation about flexibility and any other questions you may have. Please dont hesitate to contact: Jen Simpson on wholl be delighted to help.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

Person Specification



  • Degree or equivalent experience
  • Holding a level 5 CIPD qualification, or equivalent experience



  • Experience of working in a generalist HR or Employee Relations Advisory role in a multi-skilled professional and unionised environment.
  • Experience of working in a customer-driven service


  • Minimum of six months experience of providing generalist HR and Employee Relations advice within the NHS

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Able to interpret terms and conditions of employment
  • Sound and up to date knowledge of employment law
  • Understands the importance of confidentiality, data protection and information governance
  • Good understanding of HR best practice
  • Advanced keyboard skills and an ability to analyse and interpret data
  • Able to prioritise workload
  • Ability to work under pressure in time sensitive situations
  • Ability to communicate effectively with internal and external customers
  • An understanding of NHS terms and conditions of service
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including verbal reasoning, presentation skills, influencing & persuasion skills.

Additional Requirements


  • Ability to travel to multiple sites

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


Upton Hospital - Human Resources

Albert Street



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