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HR Business Partner

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
29 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Following career progression within the teaman exciting opportunityhas arisento join our Employee RelationsDepartmentas an HR Business Partner covering services across both the Bedford Hospital and Luton and Dunstable sites. We are seeking applications from dynamic qualified Human Resource professionals to join us.

As HR Business Partner you will be supporting the Trust across sites through a period of transformation, managing organisational change and employee relations activity and playing an essential part in contributing to the strategic plan. As part of your role you will:
  • Provide business partner support to support designated Care Units and ensure the provision of expert human resources/employee relations advice and support, offer guidance on human resources policy to support organisational change and workforce productivity initiatives.
  • To actively work on complex employee relations casework across the Trust, becoming involved in cases at all levels of the Trust's processes. You may also be required to support employment tribunal work in liaison with Trust solicitors.
  • Ensure that the employee relations service is customer focussed, efficient, and effective and delivered to the highest possible professional HR standards.
  • Take a corporate role in driving the HR agenda forward throughout the Trust, working in partnership with managers, staff side representatives, staff and other partners

Previous applicants need not apply.

Main duties of the job

  • Act as a strategic business partner to Clinical Service Lines, senior management and their teams, develop thorough understanding of the business plans and workforce issues to ensure that their requirements are identified and support planned and delivered on a timely basis.
  • Lead and manage the HR interface with managers and staff in the Trust, providing expert advice and support on employee relations issues, offering legal and terms and conditions advice, providing expert advice on complex employee relations cases.
  • Ensure the provision of a consistent professional service across all Clinical Service Lines, underpinned by sound knowledge and the principles of good practice.
  • Develop the management capability of line managers, coaching and equipping them with the knowledge and skills to handle staff management responsibilities in line with the Trust's strategic direction.
  • Influence and drive business thinking and develop approaches that support operational business objectives, organisational design and resource plans.
  • Foster a positive climate of employee relations within the Trust, to support the implementation of a partnership approach and develop and maintain good working relationships with representatives of Trade Unions and staff organisations.
  • Work in partnership with the Culture & Organisational Development team and the Training and Learning team to develop interventions to address the leadership and management agenda within the Trust promoting cultural change.

About us

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides hospital services to a growing population of around 700,000 people living across Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas across two busy hospital sites in Bedford and Luton. Both hospital sites offer key services such as A& E, Obstetrics-led Maternity and Paediatrics.You will be joining a friendly, high performing Trust committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of staff. As one of the largest NHS Trusts in our region you will have access to a programme of high quality training and development to help you grow your career.We have state-of-the art facilities placing us at the heart of cutting edge health care. The Trust continues to be committed to delivering the best patient care using the best clinical knowledge and technology available.

Travel between hospital sites may be required.

Please review all documents attached to this advert to ensure you familiarise yourself with all requirements of the job.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see full Job Description attached.

Employee Relations
  • Take responsibility for the management of complex employee relations cases through advice and coaching, ensure the approach is pragmatic working closely with the Employee Relations Team.
  • Facilitate advice and guidance on national/local terms and conditions of employment.
  • Develop and maintain expertise in specified areas of Human Resources management practice, including employment legislation and case law, impart this knowledge to managers and staff across the Trust.
  • Support the Clinical Service Lines to identify problems, develop appropriate interventions and solutions by facilitating improvement processes concerning individual and team performance and change management.
  • Participate in a range of external HR networks representing the Trust, to develop knowledge of the best HR management practice outside the Trust.
  • Take an active role in the Joint Staff and Management Committee.

Policy Development
  • Hold regular meetings with managers and stakeholders to review HR management practices and communicate workforce policies and procedures.
  • Design and deliver workshops on employee relations and performance management topics.
  • Contribute to the development and review of Trust-wide employment policies and procedures, ensure that they comply with statutory employment law and case law.
  • Develop and coach managers to embed use of effective staff management practices across the Trust.

Equality & Diversity

Act in a way that promotes equality and diversity in relation to Trust policy and procedure and legislation.

To ensure that equality and diversity issues are recognized, addressed in accordance with legislation, policies and procedures.

Job Evaluation Agenda for Change

Take a lead role on Trust job evaluation process under NHS Terms and Conditions

Ensure compliance throughout the Trust on the job evaluation process under NHS Terms and Conditions

Support managers in the development of new roles and job descriptions.

Work in partnership with staff side colleagues on the job evaluation process.


As a member of the Management Team in the department, role model a business focused performance oriented approach, contribute to a culture of continuous improvement.

Ensure timely and effective work plans are designed and implemented and there are effective supervision arrangements in place. Implement performance management processes that deliver both team and Trust objectives.

Ensure all staff participate in individual performance reviews and develop personal development plans.

Contribute to the development of the service, promoting best practice, supporting innovation and modernisation.

Ensure personal development for staff under direct management, ensuring that all team members have a voice in the development of the Workforce & OD service.

Coach staff under direct management on people management issues.

Provide line management to staff within the Employee Relations team.

Key Performance Indicators

Work to Key Performance Indicators for the Clinical Service Lines for the purpose of quality and performance monitoring against organisational objectives.

To actively contribute to the development and review of workforce information and productivity measures, and ensure their use in all aspects of HR management for designated Clinical Service Lines. Be responsible for its monitoring, analysis, manipulation and implementation within the division,

To utilise workforce data and present and report on this regularly for designated Clinical Service lines analysing and identifying trends in data, to identify/anticipate workforce issues and appropriate strategies for the division or HR service developments that may be required and take these forward.


Manage and deliver specialist projects as directed by the Deputy Director HR Operations.

Person Specification



  • oEducated to degree level or equivalent or demonstrable knowledge and experience in Human Resources Management
  • oMCIPD qualified or an equivalent level of demonstrable knowledge and experience in Human Resources Management



  • oSenior HR experience in a large complex organisation
  • oEvidence of providing HR professional advice and support at senior level
  • oAble to work autonomously, dealing with and solving day to day HR operational issues
  • oSignificant knowledge of employment law and its application
  • oDemonstrable transformational change management experience
  • oExperience of writing complex reports
  • oLine manager / supervisory experience


  • Recent experience of working in the NHS or another healthcare setting



  • oKnowledge and understanding of key NHS issues including national and local policy drivers
  • oAbility to cope with tight deadlines and competing priorities
  • oStrong analytical skills
  • oLeadership with a strong focus on timely delivery of outcomes and achievements

Employer details

Employer name

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Lewsey Road



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