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Senior HR Business Partner (XN09)

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year
Closing date
3 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Full Time
We have a fantastic opportunity in the North East and Yorkshire Genomic Medicine Service for the right person to bring the people voice to the senior team. Focusing initially on our three laboratories you will build and deliver a people strategy that will underpin our ambition to operate regionwide as a single virtual team, delivering a high quality, equitable and efficient service for our patients. Our journey has not been easy, recent reorganisation, significant operational pressures and new ways of working have brought significant challenges. Shortlisting Date - WC 2/5/2024 Provisional Interview Date - 16/5/2024

Main duties of the job

We are now looking for an exceptional individual with experience in a senior HR leadership role to scope, develop and drive delivery of our people strategy. As part of this you will support colleagues to develop an internal communications plan. You will also have an eye for the immediate high priority, people issues working with operational and HR colleagues to resolve.

Your role will play a crucial part in cultivating a sustainable workplace culture, driving organisational performance, developing a high performing team and ensuring the well-being of our colleagues.

The role is initially offered as a 12-month secondment. The key things we are looking for are:

A culture first, future focussed and regional mindset.

Experience partnering with external suppliers as well as other functions such as Internal Communications.

Project and change management experience leading significant programmes of work.

The ability to analyse insights from employee engagement surveys and other data sources to drive culture forwards and identify areas that need development and/or improvement.

About us

The North East and Yorkshire NHS Genomic Medicine Service (GMS) brings together regional Clinical Partners, the Genomic Laboratory Hub (GLH) and the Genomic Medicine Service Alliance (GMSA) all working together to improve health and equity of access to genomic tests and treatments for patients in the region.

The GMS is made up of four Partner Trusts: The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Sheffield Childrens NHS Foundation Trust, and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Executive Directors from each trust form our GMS Partnership Board chaired by Professor Phil Wood CEO of the Leeds trust. The services are commissioned directly by NHS England's Genomics Unit and their SRO for Genomics, Professor Dame Sue Hill DBE, Chief Scientific Officer for England.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To work as a business partner to the North East and Yorkshire Genomic Medicine Service (GMS). To provide HR and OD expert advice, the post holder will be required to take the lead on HR, OD and Training and Development issues for their allocated areas, advising and recommending actions to Heads of Department, the GMS Executive team and Partnership Board thereby ensuring compliance with employment law and governance requirements. To build and deliver a people strategy that will underpin our ambition to operate regionwide as a single virtual team, delivering a high quality, equitable and efficient service for our patients including very complex workforce planning and employee relations issues. To take a lead role on initiatives, within the GMS, relating to workforce modernisation, staff engagement, health and wellbeing, workforce efficiency & productivity through effective people management. To identify and address development needs in relation to people management skills, capacity and capability. Working with partner Trust line managers and HR leads on effective appraisal and personal development implementation with CSUs.

The postholder is required to maintain knowledge on leading practice on workforce transformation. This will require a deep understanding of GMS challenges and opportunities to jointly develop strategies and delivery plans to achieve workforce transformation aligned to identified People Priorities. The postholder holds full accountability for the implementation of effective HR and OD approaches across their GMS, and for the quality of advice given on HR and OD issues to the GMS management teams.

To perform effectively in the role the post holder will be expected to have the following behaviours and skills:

Accept responsibility and accountability for own actions and decisions

Take responsibility for own learning and development and share learning and knowledge with others.

Using resources available in an effective, efficient and timely manner having proper regard to the best interests of the Trust.

Respect confidentiality.

Seek to ensure that no-one is unlawfully discriminated against.

Ensure that staff are helped to maintain and improve their knowledge and skills and achieve their full potential

Ensure that judgements about colleagues (including appraisals and references) are consistent, fair and unbiased and are properly founded.

Person Specification



  • Masters degree in HR and / or OD -related specialism or equivalent knowledge gained through experience



  • Proven track record of achievement in HR and OD management within a complex organisation and/or system.
  • Experience of embedding innovative Workforce Transformation in a complex organisation
  • Demonstrable experience of collaborative working across team and organisational boundaries.
  • Experience of highly complex change management projects


  • Previous experience as an HR business partner

Additional Requirements


  • Evidence of continuous professional development
  • Comprehensive expert HR and or OD knowledge across a wide range of areas.
  • Knowledge of the latest and most impactful workforce transformation initiatives.
  • NHS knowledge or experience is not an essential or desired competence for this role.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Role model for equality and diversity.
  • Effective communication, including in highly-charged and emotive situations
  • Ability to influence and motivate others

Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Teaching Hospitals


St. James's University Hospital

Beckett Street



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