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HR Advisor

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time

Job Details

An exciting opportunity has arisen for you to join us working 27 hours a week on a permanent basis. You will be confident in providing credible and professional advice on all workforce related matters to our 6,000+ colleagues across the organisation.

We encourage flexible and hybrid working and will work with you to support a greater choice in when, where and how you work. We already support a range of flexible working arrangements, including compressed hours, flexi-time and part-time working, and are committed to supporting colleagues to achieve work life balance. Our Trust is split across a wide geographical area you will need to be able to travel independently to our 3 main sites (Worcester, Redditch and Kidderminster) as required and sometimes at short notice. The Team is based at Worcester Royal Hospital and the role will include a combination of office and home-based working.

We are willing to support apprenticeships to enable you to study for your CIPD level 7 which would include paid study time and support for you in your workplace learning.

For further information or an informal conversation please email Sarah Woodall, HR Business Partner, on to arrange a call back.

What we offer:27 days leave (increasing with length of service plus bank holidays) pro rata Flexible working Career Development Active well being and inclusion networks Excellent pension and access to a wide range of benefits and high street discounts

Main duties of the job

In this varied and busy role, you will support the Surgical Division providing an excellent and proactive HR Advisory Service to our Line Managers. This will involve coaching and supporting managers to be confident in HR practice by offering effective HR advice and enabling them to manage employee relations issues including dignity at work, performance management, disciplinary and grievance issues. These posts will also have a particular focus on supporting managers with their sickness absence management.

You will advise on the practical application of HR policies and procedures and support the Advisory Team in reviewing HR policies ensuring these are legally compliant and fit for need.

To be successful you will need to be able to demonstrate an ability to think on your feet and work to tight deadlines. It is essential that you can work well under pressure whilst always maintaining a professional attitude. Can demonstrate experience of working in a fast-paced Advisory capacity. You will have well developed IT skills and excellent verbal and written communication skills.

You will hold the level 5 Intermediate CIPD qualification, or a degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant field, plus have additional knowledge and demonstrable experience to Post Graduate Diploma level or equivalent.

About us

Our purpose is simple - Putting Patients First. We are looking for exceptional colleagues who can help us achieve this.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is a large acute and specialised hospital trust that provides a range of local acute services to the residents of Worcestershire and more specialised services to a larger population in Herefordshire and beyond.

The Trust operates hospital-based services from three sites in Kidderminster, Redditch and Worcester

Our workforce is nearly 6,800 strong, and our caring staff are recognised as providing good and outstanding patient-centred care. You could be one of them.

We are committed to recruiting the best people to work with us to achieve our Vision - working in partnership to provide the best healthcare for our communities, leading and supporting our teams to move 4ward. Our 4ward behaviours, which we ask all staff to demonstrate, underpin our everyday work and remain firmly at the heart of all we do.

Our objectives are simple:
  • Best services for local people
  • Best experience of care and best outcomes for our patients
  • Best use of resources
  • Best people

Better never stops, and our Clinical Services Strategy provides a clear future vision for our Trust, our hospitals, our services and our role in the wider health and care system.

We are proud to have achieved Timewise accreditation - this means we are committed to embedding flexible working within our organisation as a flex positive employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Principal Duties/Responsibilities:

To provide operational service in all advisory aspects of human resource management to Trust-wide Directorates and Departments to help them achieve their operational and strategic objectives.

To act as a role model within the HR team and for the team both within the Trust and externally, demonstrating the Trust values at all times. To develop and maintain effective working relationships at all levels of the organisation including at a senior level.

To be flexible with regard to providing support across the Trust on a day-to-day basis, including cross cover in the absence of available HR colleagues including HR Managers, while using all available opportunities to equip line managers to deal effectively with day to day HR issues as they arise.

To take specific responsibility for particular areas of work including project management as required by the Human Resources Department, and to assist the HR Manager and HRBP in projects/programmes where directed.

To provide an advisory service on a daily basis to managers and staff on issues relating to Terms and Conditions of Employment, Human Resources policies, HR Framework, employment legislation, professional issues and good practice.

To provide an advisory service to managers and staff as required on Agenda for Change re-banding issues and act as an Agenda for Change Job Evaluation practitioner.

To take the role of support specialist on the provision of a highly comprehensive, proactive and professional HR advisory and coaching service to managers on the management of sickness absence cases (including redeployment issues, potential grievances, capability and disciplinary cases). This includes undertaking a defined case load, attendance at investigation interviews and hearings as part of the management side, providing HR support to panels at hearings, and ensuring the quality of written reports and documentation to achieve Trust targets.

To support managers to complete equality impact assessments providing specialist equality & diversity advice.

Support in the production of the WRES and WDES reports.

To work with HR colleagues, staff side representatives and managers across the Trust to oversee the timely co-ordination of hearings and investigation meetings.

To provide advice in connection with both Agenda for Change and the Medical & Dental Terms conditions.

To work closely with the wider HR team (including Training and Development and Occupational Health), line managers and other departments within the Trust as a whole, providing innovation, challenge and advice to facilitate delivery of an effective HR service .

To work in partnership with the Training and Development Department, to deliver the necessary training to enable managers to utilise HR policies and procedures and any otg events conducted by the Human Resources Department.

To maintain up to date knowledge of NHS initiatives and employment legislation, by attending training programmes and/or seminars, as necessary.

Analyse and support the delivery of HR key performance indicators, including audit of these as and when required and updating HR databases.

To liaise as appropriate with internal and external contacts such as Trade Unions and professional bodies.

Ensure that the in-house case management system is developed, maintained and updated in an accurate, timely and efficient manner, logging all appropriate activity in line with data protection, employment legislation and Trust requirements.

Respond to Subject Access Requests (SAR) and Freedom of Information Requests (FOI) relating to HR casework.

Analyse sickness, exit interview data and reports to identify trends

Provide day to day support and development to the Assistant HR Officer.

The purpose of this post should remain constant, but the duties and responsibilities may vary over time within the overall role and level of the post. The post holder may from time to time be asked to undertake other reasonable duties. Any such changes will be made in discussion with the post holder in the light of service needs.

Person Specification



  • - Please give specific examples to demonstrate your experience of managing basic Human Resources issues including sickness absence management, capability management, equality & diversity, disciplinary management, grievances and attending hearings.
  • - Please demonstrate a working knowledge and understanding of other key human resources fields e.g. recruitment & selection, terms & conditions and change management.
  • - Please illustrate your proven experience of working in a Human Resources Department undertaking an advisory role.


  • - Please give examples of your experience of delivering HR related training to varying audiences.
  • - Please give examples of your experience of coaching managers.



  • - Level 5 Intermediate CIPD qualified, or holds a degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant field, plus have additional knowledge and experience to Post Grad Diploma level or equivalent.
  • - Evidence of continuing professional development.


  • - Coaching qualification or training.

Skills and Knowledge


  • - Please give specific examples of your ability to be well organised, your ability to prioritise diverse and challenging workloads and meet tight deadlines while dealing with frequent interruptions.
  • - Demonstrate your up to date knowledge and understanding of employment legislation and best practice including equal opportunities and diversity issues.
  • - Please give examples to demonstrate your ability to establish and maintain influential working relationships at all levels, internally and externally.

Employer details

Employer name

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust


Charles Hastings Way




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