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Associate Director of People - Heartlands Hospital

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
£85,000 a year
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Contract Type
Full Time
We are currently on a journey involving major cultural transformation, and we have great ambition and intent to create the best and safest place to work, where our people thrive through better and healthier lives made possible by fulfilling work in an inclusive environment.

We are seeking an exceptional and progressive-thinking, people-centred leader with a breadth of HR, OD and EDI expertise to drive the people priorities and delivery at Heartlands, impacting positively for staff and the communities we serve. The Associate Director of People (ADP) is a core member of the Hospital Executive Leadership Team and integral to shaping local strategies to meet people and service needs and will share accountability with the Hospital Board for ensuring a values-led, inclusive and psychologically safe culture.

As ADP you will provide strategically-minded and delivery-focused expertise on People priorities to the Hospital Exec. Director to enable an inclusive and highly engaged workplace. You will anticipate and get ahead of people-related challenges and opportunities, shaping and delivering strategies and practices. The role leads the development and implementation of People improvements for the hospital, ensuring that we attract, retain, develop and place the wellbeing of our people at the core of hospital strategy. Working in collaboration with the Group the ADP will be responsible for workforce planning and effective workforce redesign appropriate to local models of care.

Main duties of the job

With other members of the Hospital Executive Leadership Team, you will take accountability and responsibility for decisions made on people matters. The post holder will enable local resolution of all medical and non-medical employee relations' issues and ensure provision of exemplary, pro-active and business focused local people services.

You will bring about candour and openness on difficult issues, in the pursuit of a collective understanding and action. For example, diversity and inclusion and speaking up. You will work closely with other Hospital ADP's and Hospital leaders to introduce new, flexible roles and ways of working, putting workforce redesign and people at the heart of service transformation.

The role encompasses both delivery and oversight, and addresses both short-term impact and long-term planning. To be successful, you will be agile and able to manage a high volume of downward, upward, and outward demand. You will be able to act on your own initiative with little direction to land key pieces of work and will have the skills to identify issues and act quickly to find solutions. You will be as comfortable doing as you are directing, moving between rolling sleeves up and getting stuck into a task to forward planning high level strategy.

You will live and breathe our values of being kind, connected and bold, and be inclusive, fair and compassionate.

A remote assessment will take place W/c 22nd July and in person interviews will take place on 30th July.

About us

We are recognised as one of the leading NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK. Our vision is to Build Healthier Lives, and we recognise that we need incredible staff to do this.

Our commitment to our staff is to create the best place for them to work, and we are dedicated to:

Investing in the health and wellbeing of our staff, including a commitment of offering flexible working where we can Offer our staff a wide variety of training and development opportunities, to support their personal and career development objectives.

UHB is committed to ensuring that our staff are treated fairly and feel that they belong, by creating a kind and inclusive environment. This is about equity of opportunity removing all barriers, including discrimination and ensuring each individual member of staff reach their true potential, achieve their ambitions and thrive in their work. This is more than words. We are taking action. Our commitment to an inclusive culture is embedded at all levels of the organisation where every voice is heard, driven by our diverse and active staff networks, and at Board level by the Fairness Taskforce led by our CEO. We nurture a culture which empowers staff to challenge discriminatory behaviours and to enable people to bring their 'whole self' to a kinder, more connected and bold place to work.

University Hospitals Birmingham is a Smoke-Free premises hospital.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please Note:: for a detailed look at this exciting opportunity, please see attached detailed Job Description

Person Specification



  • *CIPD qualified.
  • *Educated to post-graduate degree level or equivalent level of experience.
  • *Evidence of continuous personal and professional development.
  • *Desirable to have a mediation qualification.



  • *Experience in a senior HR and OD position.
  • *Proven track record of achievement in a complex, people-facing organisation.
  • *Significant employee relations experience including undertaking highly complex and contentious investigations.
  • *Experience in leading diverse services and programmes across different functions, and leading and facilitating stakeholders through major change.
  • *Experience of building workforce plans and new workforce models that are underpinned by robust quantitative workforce analysis.
  • *Proven ability to evaluate and optimise business cases and to construct effective business models for service delivery.
  • *Strong track record in promoting and delivering organisational change.
  • *A thorough understanding of modern HR and OD theory and practice.
  • *Excellent working knowledge of current employment law, including experience in employment tribunals.
  • *Strong grasp for diversity & inclusion issues, including legislative requirements.
  • *Proven track record in whistleblowing practice and responding to concerns raised within the legislative and speaking up frameworks
  • *Experience of managing industrial relations in a multi-union environment.

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust


Heartlands Hospital

Bordesley Green E


West Midlands

B9 5SS

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