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Head of Human Resources

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pro rata for part time
Closing date
24 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
You will join an established, supportive, and friendly HR Team which forms part of the Trusts People Directorate

The primary function of the role will be to support the senior management team in developing the workforce capability to deliver their strategic and operational business objectives.

You will be joining us as we embark on our new leadership model in our Service Delivery Units as we seek to embed strengthen a HR Business Partner approach with our leadership teams.

You must be able to quickly build effective working relationships and have the ability to cope in a busy operational environment, prioritising competing workload demands effectively.

You will be expected to have excellent communication skills, sound judgement and the ability to quickly gain credibility with HR colleagues, managers, clinicians, unions and employees.

In return we are committed to providing you with the opportunity and exposure to build knowledge, skills, and experience to flourish in your future career.

This is a permanent full time role of 37.5 hours per week (over 5 days per week) However, we will consider less hours/days per week for the successful candidate, but would require a minimum of 30 hours per week.

We offer a hybrid working model of working a combination of office, home and other Trust sites. The role will be based in Worcester.

If this role is of interest to you we would encourage an informal chat via the contact details provided.

Main duties of the job

The HR Team consists of Operational HR, Recruitment, Workforce, Workforce Planning and Health and Wellbeing.

The People Directorate at Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health & Care Trust is responsible for delivering our people strategy, policies, practices and people services.

Through this role, we want to strengthen our focus on improving the staff experience, and our culture and embedding a proactive and robust approach to managing and supporting our workforce.

You will join an established Team and act as a strategic change agent, supporting the senior management team within the Trust to engage and develop the culture required to deliver key strategic objectives whilst balancing the day-to-day operational demands of this role.

We recognise that the people who comprise our workforce are our most important asset and key to providing excellent patient care. Our investment in their development, the environment, wherever they work, and whatever their role is important as we believe staff experience and patient care are linked, improving outcomes for all involved.

As a senior HR professional, you will be largely self-managing. You will develop robust human resources relationships with senior managers and corporate areas to influence, challenge and support service delivery and people strategies and monitor success.

You will develop a thorough understanding of the Service Delivery Units and their business needs and will act as an integral member of the service senior management team.

About us

At Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, we are working together to deliver outstanding care. We run community hospitals and community health services across Worcestershire and provide mental health and learning disability services across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Our people (all 4500+ of them) provide services for people of all ages, experiencing both physical and/or mental health conditions from over 100 sites.

We will support you to thrive offer flexible working options for a great work-life balance, help you fulfil your ambitions, and empower you to make positive changes within your team or service. Its why we were named Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year award at the 2022 Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards. We value diversity and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities.

What we offer

27 days leave plus bank holidays, increasing up to 33 days with long service

Generous NHS pension and enhanced pay when you work unsocial hours

Flexible and agile working opportunities

Great maternity, paternity, and adoption support

Wide range of staff networks such as LGBT+ and ENRICH (Equality Network for Race Inclusion and Cultural Heritage)

Health service discounts and online benefits including excellent cycle to work and car salary sacrifice schemes

Health and wellbeing opportunities

If you would like to know more, please visit our careers website.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The role will provide a comprehensive professional and high-quality HR service to the Trust.

For full details of the duties and criteria for the role please refer to the job description and person specification attached.

Person Specification



  • Significant and demonstrable experience in a professional HR role.
  • Significant recent experience in generalist operational HR issues including skill mixing, disciplinary and grievance investigations, management of ill health issues.
  • A proven track record in the NHS and/or other public service.
  • Experience of working closely with staff side organisations.
  • Experience of designing and delivering HR training.
  • Experience of a business partner model of HR service delivery.
  • Experience of managing change.
  • Experience of Managing staff
  • Development and Implementation of Human Resources policies.
  • Training skills.
  • IT skills.
  • Demonstrable experience of leading and managing complex TUPE processes.



  • Fully CIPD qualified.
  • Evidence of on-going CPD.
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent senior level experience.
  • I understand that I will be asked to provide original certificates to verify my qualifications at point of offer

Additional Criteria


  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the post with frequent travel to undertake duties across Herefordshire & Worcestershire

Employer details

Employer name

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust


2 Kings Court

Charles Hastings Way




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