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Head of Employee Relations

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum pro rata
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
We are pleased to be advertising for a Head of Employee Relations to lead the provision of a high quality and well-coordinated employee relations team. This is a strategic senior role, within our People & Culture Directorate with accountability on a day-to-day basis for the delivery of employee relations across the Trust.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be the Head of Service for the employee relations team based in the People & Culture directorate at Duncan Macmillan House offering support and expertise to the team through excellent leadership and management skills. They will be responsible for the line management of the ER team.

The post holder will be responsible for the leadership of the Employee Relations team offering clear direction, support and expertise to the team through excellent leadership and management skills.

The postholder will need to have robust and up to date knowledge of Employment Law and Agenda for Change Terms and Conditions and be confident as the 'expert' in the P& C Leadership Team.

The postholder will be a key contributor to delivery of the people elements of our 'Making a Difference' strategy, as well as ensuring the Trust's People & Culture work pertaining to Our People Plan which addresses the NHS National People Plan direction.

The post holder will need to build close and trusting relationships with direct line reports as well as other key Heads of Service and teams across the Trust.

For more information please contact Rachel Shiels, Associate Director of People and Culture on

About us

#TeamNottsHC comprises over 11,000 dedicated colleagues who #MakeADifference every day. We deliver intellectual disability, mental health, community health, forensic, and offender healthcare services across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, and South Yorkshire. Our care is provided from over 200 sites, spanning community locations, acute settings, and secure environments, including prisons.

We are one of the largest mental health and community Trusts in the East Midlands and one of Nottinghamshire's biggest employers. We also host national and regional services, such as the National High Secure Deaf Service and the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.

We offer a variety of employee-led staff networks, including Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) groups, the Green Champions network, the Freedom to Speak Up network, the Health and Wellbeing Champions network, and the Menopause Champions network. These networks play a vital role in supporting our diverse workforce and promoting a culture of inclusivity.

The health and wellbeing of our colleagues is a top priority. We invest significantly in this through our in-house occupational health and staff counselling services, supported by a dedicated Health and Wellbeing team.

The Trust is committed to reducing its carbon emissions, with a specialised Energy and Environmental team working to ensure compliance with environmental legislation, enhance our environmental performance, and achieve our net-zero commitment

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Head of Employee Relations reports to the Associate Director of People and Culture and is a key member of the People & Culture Leadership Team. Crucially, the post holder will need to develop effective working relationships with staff side, leaders and managers across the Trust to influence, challenge and support service delivery and people strategies.

Person Specification



  • oSignificant relevant experience within an HR setting
  • oDemonstrable up to date knowledge of Employment Law, best practice and data protection principles
  • oExtensive experience holding a significant and complex caseload across the full range of ER casework


  • oNHS Experience
  • oProject Management Qualification
  • oEvidence of ongoing professional development



  • oManagement qualification or equivalent leadership and management experience to Masters level
  • o Professionally qualified to CIPD level


  • Project management qualification

Values and Behaviours


  • oAll colleagues are expected to demonstrate that they act in line with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Values:
  • oAll colleagues are expected to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and how it applies to their role. The Trust's expectations are highlighted within our EDI Policy, and associated EDI and Human Rights legislation



  • oSignificant knowledge of national medical staffing policies and procedures
  • oUnderstanding and ability to contribute to System wide working
  • oDemonstrate an awareness of governance and risk management

Contractual Requirements


  • oAbility to travel across trust sites and to external venues



  • oEvidence of managing budgets effectively
  • oAbility to analyse and interpret complex information and identify appropriate recommendations
  • oAbility to formulate short, medium and long term plans for the development of a service

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Duncan Macmillan House,

Porchester Road



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