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Senior Occupational Health and Wellbeing Specialist Advisor

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 £43,742 - £50,056Per Annum Pro Rata
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Part Time

Job Details

There is a wonderful opportunity to become the clinical nursing expert within the Occupational Health Nursing Team at University Hospital Plymouth.

The person is required to have proven extensive Occupational Health knowledge and demonstrable experience and the drive to share that understanding with the nurse team.

Please contact Mel Morrell or Chris Little for an informal chat

***Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as 'Priority' and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon who are able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification.***

Main duties of the job

  • The post holder will provide specialist guidance and support to managers and staff, in accordance with national legislation and local policies, procedures and protocols.
  • The post holder will offer specialist support assisting the Lead Nurse for Health and Wellbeing in the day to day running of the clinical service, guided by broad occupational and national policies and principles.
  • The post holder will ensure that care is evidence based and delivered by competent and confident practitioners and meets the needs of professions, service lines, individuals, patients and complies with national standards.
  • The post holder will in conjunction with the Lead Nurse for Health and Wellbeing take the Nursing lead on clinical governance, patient safety and quality, within Occupational Health.
  • The post holder will provide professional leadership, expertise, advice and support to the multidisciplinary team, acting as a clinical expert and as a resource for all staff within Occupational Health & Wellbeing Services.
  • The post holder will assist in the development of this service, in collaboration with other teams and services internal and external to the trust.
  • The post holder will provide vision for service development and utilise personal skills in implementing the vision

  • About us

    We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure.PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY.If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100.We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, as diversity strengthens our teams.It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    Clinical Leadership
  • To have specialist clinical knowledge of Occupational Health underpinned by theory and practical experience acquired through degree/diploma and ongoing specialist training courses
  • Maintain highest clinical standards in delivering services e.g. Inoculation incident support and advice, vaccinations for healthcare workers and in running vaccination programmes such as seasonal flu.
  • Provide support and advice to managers to enable them to manage complex health issues
  • Ensure highest levels of clinical governance, through effective policies and SOPs
  • To assist in the management core occupational health services, e.g., employment health assessment, health monitoring and surveillance programmes, health education and health promotion to reduce occupational symptoms, conditions and diseases, e.g. skin integrity and occupational health referral
  • To ensure that service delivery is compliant with national standards, professional guidance, legislation and SEQOHS, which can be audited and evidenced based
  • To ensure that OH practitioners participate in induction sessions and any additional training required in support of policies or as part of health promotion initiatives.
  • Ensure that departmental protocols and policies are in place and adhered too.
  • To set and monitor high standards of clinical care, underpinned by sound evidence-based knowledge and Essence of Care principles ensuring quality systems are in place to monitor practice.
  • Health and Safety standards, leading investigation and follow up of all clinical incidents (as per the Trusts Clinical Incident Reporting policy), and complaints.
  • Sharing lessons learnt from complaints/incidents within the wider corporate body and ensuring action plans are implemented.
  • Maintaining own clinical competence and active NMC registration, acting as a role model demonstrating clinical excellence and clinical credibility within Occupational Health & Wellbeing.
  • Act as a positive change agent and role model, identifying and initiating changes as required enhancing service provision.
  • Lead and coordinate the development and review of the service lines clinical guidelines, procedures, protocols and policies to ensure they reflect current best evidence /practice, and national guidance.
  • Assist in the development of Provide advice to the Occupational Health & Wellbeing staff on the development of new policies. Ensure that all new documents are appropriately disseminated within the service line, develop a system for the archiving of local policies.
  • Participate in professional advisory groups and projects teams to provide expertise and specialists knowledge in relation to critical care nursing. This may be at a local national or international level

  • For further details please see the attached JD.

    Person Specification

    Konwledge & Experience


    • Proven evidence of up-to-date knowledge base of professional and specialist issues
    • An enthusiastic and inspiring role model grounded in practice. Demonstrates a clear understanding of professional accountability in the scope of professional practice



    • Registered professional with current registration (NMC Registered)
    • Post Graduate qualification in Occupational Health or relevant demonstrable clinical experience
    • Certificate in Education or Teaching/Mentorship or relevant proven knowledge and demonstrable experience


    • Management and leadership

    Aptitude & Abilities


    • Ability to work to tight deadlines, working on numerous projects and demonstrable experience of managing an OH service.
    • Proven evidence of OH policy development Change management skills prioritising for self and others
    • Ability to use own initiative and operate with a high degree of independent judgement.


    • Proven evidence of OH policy development Change management skills

    Employer details

    Employer name

    University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


    Occupational Health

    Derriford Hospital, Derriford Road,


    PL6 8DH

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