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People Manager

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
23 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced HR professional who is CIPD qualified to join our People Advisory team. The role will require you to provide proactive, professional and specialist advice and guidance to managers and employees regarding all people management issues. The role will require flexibility to lead on key projects and undertake some case management.

You will manage other Advisors and a mediation or coaching qualification is preferred but not essential.

This role has a hybrid working pattern and is part office and part remote working. Your base will be one of our hospital sites in either Brighton,Worthing or Chichester.

Main duties of the job

The key requirements of the role are to:

1. To ensure partnership working between HR teams and line managers on the management of sickness absence in order to reduce the levels of sickness absence and related costs.

2. Contribute to the development and delivery of employee case management and inputting more widely into all case management across the Trust. Take pro-active measures where appropriate to ensure indicators are met and maintained.

3. To be the first point of contact when ET/legal cases are received and draft initial responses to claims with the Trust legal advisor as appropriate. Ensure that risks and issues are flagged in a timely manner.

4.To contribute towards the development, promotion, implementation and delivery of training in HR Policies and Procedures to ensure a skilled and competent workforce.

5. To contribute towards the development and implementation of improvement plans for WRES/WDES and other emerging trends.

About us

Join us atUHSussex, every day is different, you can be the change, better neverstops

AtUHSussexwe're proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of theUK's largest acute Trusts, we're a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that have embodied the NHS for over 70 years.

Improving lives:We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation, with hardworking, talented and dedicated individuals, who work together towards a common goal, to always put ourPatient First.Our mission is summed up by our 'where better never stops' motto and no matter the role atUHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives of patients across Sussex.We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in ourwellbeing programmefor staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need itbecausewe know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

Build a career with us:As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do

Job description

Job responsibilities

Interpret, analyse and provide expert advice on employment matters support the effective and timely resolution of casework, often involving highly complex, contentious and highly sensitive issues requiring tact and diplomacy.

Manage own caseload deploy appropriate techniques in order to obtain evidence and facts utilising open questioning, clarification, advanced listening, persuasion and influencing skills to ensure the facts are clear.

Work in partnership with Staff Side where appropriate in order to bring cases to conclusion quickly whilst ensuring that standards are upheld.

To support the development and monitoring of appropriate performance targets/standards with the involvement of staff and ensure that there are mechanisms in place to audit them and produce regular performance reports.

Responsible as a line manager for individuals, undertaking appraisals, performance and absence management processes, disciplinary and grievance matters, allocating team workload where necessary. The post holder will have to ensure the most effective and efficient deployment of the staff resource to achieve the service objectives.

To deliver a customer focused and user friendly service which provides accurate, timely, professional advice to managers and maximises the use of appropriate technology and resources.

Person Specification

Essential and Desirable


  • Masters degree or equivalent demonstrable experience.
  • CIPD qualified.
  • Extensive experience of employee relations in a complex, multi-disciplinary organisation requiring legally sound analysis and decision making.
  • Experience of preparing Employment Tribunal information
  • Experience of working in a multi-unionised environment
  • Able to advise managers on case management issues related to terms and conditions, discipline, capability or grievance
  • Excellent Communication Skills and the ability to communicate at all levels:
  • Experience of managing a team/supervising others work and setting performance standards and targets


  • Expert knowledge of national NHS terms and conditions including Agenda for Change and Medical Terms and Conditions.
  • Excellent mediation skills proven in bringing resolution to conflict situations

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


Brighton, Worthing or Chichester



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