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People Advisor

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
24 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

About the Role

You will be joining a team of People Advisors based in one of 3 locations with hybrid working, providing professional people management advice to managers and staff across the Trust. This will include advising on discipline, grievance, performance and sickness cases and supporting investigations and advising at hearings.

Main duties of the job

About You

You will be L5 CIPD qualified or working towards that with good communication skills. You must be able to demonstrate experience of participating in and advising on performance management, investigations and hearings with experience of advising on sickness management. Equally important is enthusiasm for HR with a commitment to learn and a willingness to be flexible in approach.

About us

At UHSussex, diversity is our strength, and we want you to feel included to help us always put the Patient First, as shown in our Outstanding for Caring CQC rating. Your uniqueness and experiences will be part of our creative and innovative community where everyone is encouraged to succeed. We have a range of Staff Networks to help break down barriers, and can offer abuddy to help new members settle in. We're proud to be a Disability Confident Employer (Level 2) and a Veteran Aware Trust. 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 our Wellbeing Programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it - because we know that to look after others we must first look afterourselves. 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. We look forward to receiving your application and the start of your journey with UHSussex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

1. Manage a caseload of complex employee relations cases in an advisory capacity ensuring they are handled appropriately and in a timely fashion Prioritise work and follow-up tasks on a daily and ongoing basis, working with the Investigating Manager and other key stakeholders to identify and manage changing priorities Timetable cases so that investigations progress within agreed timescales Ensure effective and regular communication with all parties during the investigation process 2. Advise managers on the interpretation and application of HR Policies and procedures, Terms and Conditions of Employment, and employment legislation and case law.3. Support and advise managers dealing with employees with sickness/absence, both long and shortterm, including providing, managers with regular sickness absence reports relating to their individual areas in order to achieve a year on year decrease in sickness rates.4. Support and advise managers with employee discipline, grievance, capability, bullying or harassment situations, including meetings and/or interviews with managers and employees, advising on the conduct of formal investigations and the preparation and content of investigation reports.5. Attend grievance, disciplinary and capability hearings to advise managers, employees and unions on due process and appropriate decisions and sanctions. Ensure proper records are maintained (taking formal notes when necessary).6. Participate in the evaluation and grading of posts within the organisation, in accordance with Agenda for Change, and advise managers on the impact of the grading across the wider workforce.7. Contribute fully within the HR team on the drafting, formulation and implementation of existing and development of new policies and procedures.8. Take a proactive role in the communication and dissemination of new policies and procedures, ensuring managers are trained and competent in their application.9. Undertake and assist with any necessary audits e.g. in accordance with NHSLA and other statutory requirements10. Develop positive and effective working relationships with senior managers, staff representatives and external agencies.11. Participate in specific project areas as agreed within the Human Resources Directorate, e.g. Health Work and Wellbeing, Equality and Diversity and to share good practice.12. Maintain an accurate employee relations database and to provide information as required e.g. corporate report and equal opportunities monitoring.13. Liaise and work with HR colleagues as appropriate to maintain effective communication, ensuring that best practice is shared and developed and to facilitate cross cover for colleagues.

Person Specification



  • Part qualified or working towards CIPD qualification.
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent level of knowledge or experience.
  • Experience of providing advice on employee relations
  • Experience of participating in and advising on performance management, investigations and hearings


  • Recent experience working within a similar role within the NHS



  • Up to date knowledge of HR Best Practice



  • Evidence of having championed diversity in previous roles (as appropriate to role)
  • Evidence of having undertaken own development to improve understanding of equalities issues

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


Worthing, Chichester or Brighton

Lyndhurst Road


BN11 2DH

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