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Clinical Lead - Band 8b

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
11 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an outstanding individual to join the Working Well Occupational Health team of Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust. The successful candidate will work within a progressive and trans-formative multi-disciplinary service and will provide senior, excellent clinical leadership to a team of experienced Occupational Health professionals who provide support to the NHS in Gloucestershire, as well as 200 clients in the private sector. Together with the Service Director, the Clinical Lead will ensure all stakeholders receive a personable, high quality and professional occupational health service.

Working Well is a SEQOHS accredited Occupational Health service with over 50 staff (recurring funded 37.6 WTE), and is a multi-disciplinary team of clinicians, managers, technicians, and administrators. The Service is hosted by Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust. Occupational health services are provided to the NHS health and social care community of One Gloucestershire. In addition, the service operates a Hub and Spoke arrangement for an NHS Trust across the South West Region, and also has an external portfolio of circa 200 non-NHS, private and public clients.

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

Main duties of the job

The Clinical Lead is a member of the senior management team of Working Well and has specific responsibility for clinical leadership and is professionally accountable for all clinical activities of the occupational health team. The post holder has input into the strategic planning and future direction of the Service and works closely with the Service Director, (who has overall operational responsibility for the service), and occupational health doctors (who hold specific regulated responsibility for medical issues).

To provide dynamic clinical leadership to the occupational health team and be a source of expert advice and support to all stakeholders on all matters pertaining to occupational health.

To oversee the day to day clinical management of the service, working autonomously and exercising professional judgement for the systematic governance of occupational health practice within the Trust.

To work collaboratively with the Service Director and Working Well managers as well as with internal and external colleagues from Workforce, Infection and Prevention and Control, Health and Safety and Human Resources to ensure high quality, specialist occupational health services are provided to meet the needs of all stakeholders. To oversee Working Well's clinical standards and processes in order to ensure they are fit for purpose and are delivered consistently across all aspects of the Service's work and in line with SEQOHS standards.

About us

We have in excess of 5000 staff working over 50 sites, providing a diverse range of services. We strive to support an organisational culture that is welcoming, builds and celebrates inclusivity and diversity and provides a sense of belonging and trust.

The annual NHS Staff Survey gives our people the opportunity to tell us about their experience working at the Trust. For the 2023 survey just over 2800 colleagues gave us their views (58.5%). It was great to see from the results that colleagues are saying that:
  • 89.7% believe they are making a positive difference to patients/service users
  • 73.3% would recommend the organisation as a place to work
  • 82.4% agree that care of patients and service users is the organisations priority
  • 76.7% would be happy with the standard of care for a friend or relative

Our results put us as 5th nationally as a Community, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities NHS Employer of Choice and 1st equal amongst all NHS Provider Trusts in the South West. However, we know we have more to do and will continue to drive forward our commitment to making GHC a Great Place to Work.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical leadership and management of staff

Create a professional, safe and positive environment for all those who work within or who receive a service from Working Well

Lead and manage clinical staff, including recruitment, appraisals, development and performance in order to achieve excellence through agreed standards of clinical and organisational activity and in line with professional codes of conduct and job planning.

Represent the Trust on external forums and whenever possible taking advantage of showcasing Working Well for best practice e.g. South West Association OH Physician network, Health at Work Network

Work with the Service Director to ensure appropriate levels of resourcing are in place at all times in order to provide services in line with quality standards, Service Level Agreements and key performance indicators.

Work alongside and attend relevant meetings/be a member of appropriate Committees in connection with Infection Prevention and Control, Health and Safety and Human Resources issues and provide specialist occupational health advice as required aimed at reducing risks and complying with legislative requirements

Responsible for the clinical team budget, which includes the procurement of appropriate medical equipment (for services such as health surveillance), clinical supplies such as vaccines, and authorising timesheets and expenses

Working with the Service Director to ensure that Working Well has a positive image with internal and external stakeholders, focusing services on value added activities and providing clear evidence of return of investment. This may involve giving key presentations to senior staff and external clients/ stakeholders.

Promote learning and development activities for all clinical staff to ensure there is an appropriate skill mix and provision of clinical cover for all aspects of service provision including succession planning.

Service Quality and Development

Leading on the development of new policies, procedures and practices in relation to occupational health which are consistent with employment legislation, codes of practice, and local and national policies, revising and updating existing policies and procedures where necessary and which will be implemented at individual organisation level and across the ICB (ie, Countywide Immunisation Policy).

Manage and supervise an effective clinical audit programme in order to demonstrate compliance with professional standards and policies/protocols, with any remedial actions being monitored, recorded and evaluated during regular individual supervision and clinical team meetings in order to continuously improve the quality of the services provided.

Ensure all complaints in connection with clinical issues are responded to and managed in line with the Trust Complaints Policy with learnings shared appropriately

Ensure local plans support all clinical quality external accreditation, for example Safe, Effective, Quality, Occupational Health and wellbeing Service (SEQOHS), Care Quality Commission (CQC) essential standards, Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN).

Work in conjunction with the Service Director to identify opportunities for service development in line with national strategies as well as new business opportunities and income generation.

Clinical Duties

Act as an Occupational Health Specialist Practitioner when appropriate and continue to maintain and update own specialist nursing skills in order to support the clinical team, managers and professionals of all organisations serviced by Working Well. Responsible for ensuring all clinical activities are carried out in accordance with Service and Trust Policies, national regulations/guidance and evidence-based best practice.

Support the delivery of effective services through visible clinical leadership, working in partnership with the Occupational health management team

Responsible for ensuring the clinical team are appropriately trained, competent and confident in carrying out their responsibilities to meet the needs of all stakeholders.

Work within the scope of the NMC Professional Practice and Code of Conduct and the standards set for occupational health by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine.

Maintain confidentiality of both individuals, managers and organisations at all times.


As one of the Senior Management Team, to input professional knowledge and clinical expertise which will contribute to the forward strategic planning of the Service and by ensuring business objectives and key performance indicators are met.

Supporting external client opportunities (private sector or NHS) to enable increased income generation for Working Well. Providing senior oversight and clinical governance/assurance to external clients, ensuring that service delivery meets their needs and is line with agreed SLA and KPIs.

To deputise for the Service Director during periods of leave.

Person Specification



  • Registered Occupational Health Specialist Nurse (Degree level/ Diploma level or equivalent)
  • Masters level (or equivalent) qualification/training in a relevant field or equivalent experience
  • Management/Leadership qualification, training and/or development
  • 1st Level Registration (General Nursing)


  • NEBOSH/IOSH qualification
  • Certificate in OH Law
  • Experience of change management and service transformation
  • Certificate in Managing OH Services



  • Significant Occupational Health management experience, including having led/managed Service Level Agreements with large customer organisations
  • Experience of working in both NHS and non-NHS environments
  • Extensive experience as a Senior Occupational Health Nurse Specialist


  • Experience of working in a SEQOHS accredited Occupational Health Service
  • Experience of working with Occupational Health medical systems



  • Extensive knowledge of occupational health practice within the NHS
  • Is knowledgeable about and understands the practical implications of current regulations and legislation regarding Occupational Health
  • Knowledge of the requirements of SEQOHS standards and accreditation


  • Knowledge of quality standard settings, benchmarking and audit, including national initiatives



  • Excellent communication, inter-personal and listening skills
  • Proven ability to demonstrate leadership behaviours at all times
  • Ability to work autonomously and to sustain positive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders of all levels
  • Ability to facilitate and promote the development of new clinical services/products and initiate changes in service delivery.


  • Ability to use knowledge and experience to influence strategic business planning for the service

Employer details

Employer name

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust






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