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Senior Health and Safety Advisor

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Health and Safety team. We are looking to recruit a Senior Health & Safety Adviser to support our service provider, Choice Facilities Services (CFS). This is a full-time position working Monday to Friday. This role will form part of the Health & Safety team and will support the Health and Safety Manager and the Health and Safety Advisers in ensuring high standards of health and safety for all employees and in all areas across the Trust and CFS. The Senior Health and Safety Advisor will have achieved a recognised qualification in Occupational Health & Safety or equivalent. The role will support the Trust and CFS in a range of different areas such as safety training, being a representative on meetings and being involved in a range of additional work based tasks such as risk assessments, audits, site visits etc. This is a fantastic opportunity to join and develop within a professional and supportive environment.

Main duties of the job

You will possess a Nebosh Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety or be educated to level 6 in a related Health and Safety qualification.

You will assist in developing and implementing, setting and monitoring health and safety standards, policies and procedures as necessary for the organisation to fulfil its obligations under health and safety law.

You will be involved in dealing with incidents and accidents, assessing the risk and carrying out any remedial action necessary to reduce those risks.

You will assist with the health and safety audit programme, including documenting audit findings and you will liaise with other members of a multi-disciplinary team to promote best practice.

About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support. Flexible working is supported via the Trust's Flexible Working Policy.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To take a leading role within the Health and Safety team under the direction of the Health and Safety Manager. To assist the Health and Safety Manager in the management, provision and delivery of the Health and Safety Service and to have responsibility for this service in their absence. To be actively involved in the development, delivery and implementation of all health and safety policies and procedures. To oversee day to day operational management of health and safety for the Trust and fully support legislative compliance with all necessary legal requirements.


Please note the Trust are not able to offer Skilled Worker Sponsorship for this role as it does not meet the UKVI threshold requirements. Applicants are requested to consider this when making their applic ation. Please visitGov.UKfor further information

Person Specification



  • Significant knowledge and experience of developing and implementing Health and Safety management systems
  • Experience of developing and delivering Health and Safety training programmes
  • Experience of developing effective health and safety strategies, plans and policies
  • Experience of complex and detailed report writing
  • Experience of working in a complex environment with many conflicting demands on time


  • Experience of Health and Safety within a NHS environment
  • Experience of Datix incident management system



  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the role
  • Flexible approach to work which may occasionally require a need to work outside core hours



  • Health and Safety qualification (e.g. BSc in Occupational Health & Safety Management or NEBOSH Diploma or equivalent relevant qualification) accompanied by significant experience of working in a health and safety role within the UK
  • Nebosh General Certificate or equivalent level 3 qualification in Health and Safety
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Operational knowledge of UK health and safety legislation
  • Understanding of National Risk Management and Health and Safety systems
  • Ability to query and analyse data and use this to develop effective information sources to inform decision making processes


  • Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)
  • Recognised management qualification at diploma level or above
  • Recognised teaching qualification or equivalent experience of delivering training in NHS environment
  • Membership of an appropriate professional body
  • Experience of working within an NHS environment
  • Knowledge of risk management processes in NHS
  • Understanding and capability to use electronic health and safety management systems

Skills, Knowledge and Attributes


  • Excellent communication and interpersonal negotiation skills
  • Ability to communicate sensitively and tactfully both verbally and in writing according to the audience
  • Highly effective written communication and presentation skills
  • Adept in the collation and analysing of information, preparing of reports and making recommendations
  • Deliver against objectives, achieving consistent quality outcomes
  • Prioritising own workload and working to tight deadlines
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Excellent communication, Interpersonal, negotiation, influencing and conflict management skills
  • Proven team worker with the ability to motivate others
  • Demonstrate a wide range of leadership qualities, skills and behaviours
  • Effective facilitation negotiation and influencing skills
  • Works across boundaries, looks for collective success, listens, involves, respects and learns from the contribution of others
  • Demonstrates high standards of personal integrity especially during periods of significant and unexpected pressure and challenge
  • Effective organiser, influencer and networker


  • Ability to build strong working relationships which require a high level of professional credibility at all levels of the organisation



  • High degree of self- motivation, personal initiative and drive plus an ability to demonstrate professional resilience in achieving results through themselves and others
  • Self-motivated and able to use own initiative and tact
  • Effective team worker
  • Ability to work on own
  • Able to work to tight deadlines and prioritise work to meet the overall health and safety team objectives

Employer details

Employer name

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust


Sunderland Royal Hospital

Kayll Road



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