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Occupational Health & Wellbeing Specialist Nurse

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
19 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Full Time
This post has become vacant due to the current post holder requiring maternity leave and offers an exciting opportunity to join a well established team of occupational health practitioners based at New Cross Hospital.

Our service is part of the Human Resources Directorate and we provide occupational health & wellbeing support to both Trust staff and external customers and deliver health and wellbeing initiatives in line with corporate & national strategy.

Hours of work will be arranged over 5 days a week with core hours of 08.30 to 16.30 and an occasional requirement to work outside these hours to meet service needs potentially to support seasonal work as required such as vaccination campaigns.

The postholder will be expected to work in our satellite departments and on various external client sites so a car diver/owner is an essential requirement.

A key component of the role will be to support the Specialist Team Leaderresponsible for service delivery to an existing external contract and, dependent on the service needs of our customers, there will be times when off site clinics will require the nurse to be available all day, with appropriate notice, and hours adjusted accordingly.

We can promise a pleasant and supportive working environment in exchange for a self motivated and flexible team member with a positive attitude and an interest in helping us to promote a healthy working environment for our valued staff.

Main duties of the job

To be professionally accountable for the delivery of standards of professional practice and behaviours as set by the Nursing & Midwifery Council.

To deliver autonomous advanced level practice encompassing aspects of education and research provision of Occupational Health specialist clinical work with clients and caseloads.

To support other staff within the service.

To work collaboratively with others or independently to meet the needs of the services.

To be accountable for:

Ensuring safe and effective clinical practice.

Enhancing the client's experience.

Ensuring effective contribution to the delivery of the organisation's objectives.

Efficient and effective use of resources.

About us

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust is one of the largest NHS trusts in the West Midlands providing primary, acute and community services and we are incredibly proud of the diversity of both our staff and the communities we serve. We are building a workforce that can help us to fulfil our values, improve the quality of care for patients, and solve the health care problems of tomorrow. We're passionate about the value that diversity of thinking and lived experience brings in enabling us to become a learning organisation and leader in delivering compassionate care for our patients.

We are delighted that we have been rated as Good by CQC. We have achieved numerous awards The Nursing Times Best Diversity and Inclusion Practice and Best UK Employer of the Year for Nursing Staff in 2020.

The Trust is a supportive working environment committed to creating flexible working arrangements that suit your needs and as such will consider all requests from applicants who wish to work flexibly.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To ensure safe and effective clinical practice.
  • Ensure a high standard of safe clinical care and record keeping in accordance with Nursing and Midwifery Council, national legislation and local standards.
  • Take personal responsibility for actions and omissions, and fully recognise personal accountability.
  • Practise within an ethical framework based upon dignity and respect for the well-being and safety of clients.
  • Provide a complex and highly specialist area of practice, providing expert professional advice to others across the Trust and to external organisations.
  • Perform comprehensive, complex and specialist assessments of clients plan and evaluate care and advice according to evidence based practice and changing health needs. Utilise expert knowledge in the clinical speciality of occupational health and wellbeing including skills of consultation and clinical decision-making in a variety of settings
  • Undertake interventional procedures/highly specialist diagnostics with appropriate consent.
  • Act as a change agent, developing clinically effective practice through the effective utilisation and integration of evidence based practice within own work area
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of evidence-based protocols, standards, policies and clinical guidelines within own work area.
  • Ensure a culture of continuous quality improvement through the use of audit, client feedback and reflection on practice by self and other members of the team.
  • Promote a clean and safe environment for staff, clients and visitors by ensuring compliance with legislation, policies and protocols including health and safety, healthcare associated infection prevention, clinical governance, including risk management and critical incident reporting and root cause analysis.
  • Demonstrate effective communication within the multi-professional team regarding client care.
  • Assess the risks involved in the care of clients and ensure utilisation of practices and protocols to minimise those risks, including safe use of medical devices.
  • Report incidents and near misses promptly and appropriately and take effective action to minimise future risk.
  • Provide specialist advice to own and other professions on therapeutic interventions and clinical practice.
  • Implement practices that are appropriate to client and service need through in-depth knowledge, implications of and applying epidemiological, demographic, social, political and professional trends and developments.
  • Lead by example, develop self and other staff, and influence the way care is given in a manner that is innovative, open and responds to individual needs.
  • Provide clinical supervision to other staff.
  • Work harmoniously and effectively with colleagues and clients, seeking advice from senior practitioners as necessary.
  • Practise within the scope of personal professional competence and extend this scope as appropriate to service needs.
  • Delegate aspects of acre to others and accept responsibility and accountability for such delegation.
  • Participate in peer review of own practice.
  • Day to day supervision/training of staff/students.
  • Critically appraise and synthesise the outcomes of relevant research, evaluations and audits and apply the information when seeking to improve practice.

To enhance the clients experience
  • To assess individuals holistically using a range of different assessment methods, use physical examination skills, order diagnostic tests for client group.
  • Incorporate health promotion and prevention into care plans, and comprehensively assess clients for risk factors and early signs of illness. Using making every contact count as an approach to change behaviour through interactions with individuals, carers, families to support them in making positive changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing.
  • Safely use client group directives (PGD)/non-medical prescribing as appropriate.
  • Safely carry out appropriate health surveillance in line with Health and safety legislation.
  • Use professional judgment in managing care events and capture the learning from these experiences to improve client care and service delivery.
  • Work within defined boundaries of practice.
  • Ensure an effective and efficient clients journey by planning and co-ordinating of the episode of care/caseload including the smooth transition to other settings, promoting safe and effective discharge from the service and optimising communication with interdisciplinary and interagency teams as required.
  • Within a multidisciplinary team environment, develop a culture of person-centred care.
  • Promote a caring and compassionate environment where equality and diversity issues are respected and clients are enabled to be partners in their care.
  • Contribute to the development of care and services by ascertaining client experience/feedback and ensure complaints are managed in line with organisational policy, including the dissemination of learning points.
  • Ensure that everyone within the sphere of care is treated with dignity and humanity, understanding individual needs, showing compassion and sensitivity, and provide care in a way that respects all people equally.
  • Be proactively involved in undertaking activities that monitor and improve the quality of healthcare and the effectiveness of own and others practice.
  • Communicate effectively across a range of circumstances and individuals.

To ensure effective contribution to the delivery of the organisations objectives
  • Contribute to the development of an organisational culture that supports continuous learning and development, evidence-based practice and succession planning.
  • Support the development of services and raise profile of health and wellbeing both within the Trust and externally.
  • Support the appraisal process by ensuring that personal development plans are developed and that they are consistent with the teams and organisations objectives, succession planning and workforce development and support professional revalidation.
  • Network with peers across professional groups and clinical disciplines promoting the exchange of knowledge, skills and resources. Have high-level communication skills and contribute to wider development of practice by publicising and disseminating work through presentations at conferences and articles in the professional press,
  • Demonstrate effective use of resources in decision-making and propose appropriate strategies to enhance quality, productivity and value in own sphere of work.
  • Strive constantly to improve practice and health outcomes so that they are consistent with or better than national and international standards.
  • Take an innovative and proactive approach to the redesign of clinical services, linked to organisational priorities and in support of improved outcomes.
  • Support the development and implementation of the Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting Strategy for the organisation.
  • Within clinical area ensure knowledge and implementation of the organisations quality and safety agenda.
  • Develop and maintain a working knowledge of local, national and professional strategy and policy, ensuring that organisational goals and values are reflected in personal objectives.
  • Demonstrate the ability to contribute to policy and strategy development at a departmental and organisational level and, where appropriate, national level.
  • Demonstrate compliance to the pledges of the NHs Constitution 2012 and Trust values.
  • Act in a way which is consistent with the values based approach to care delivery.

Person Specification



  • NMC Registered Nurse/Midwife with Relevant qualification in Occupational Health


  • Health Surveillance/vaccine administration training



  • Experience of working as OH Nurse at a senior level in an acute setting


  • Minimum 2 years experience

Employer details

Employer name

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust


New Cross Hospital

Wednesfield Road


WV10 0QP

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