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Human Resources Advisor (Secure/SpLD)

Band 5

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Human Resources
Band 5
Fixed term/secondment until 31st March 2021
Full time 37.5 hours per week
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£24,214 to £30,112 per annum
23/02/2020 23:59
Interview date

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction services and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool and Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside. Our services are currently provided from 124 sites across the North West.

Our ambition is to deliver perfect care and become the world’s leading organisation in physical, mental health, addiction and learning disabilities. We set our own standards and goals for improvements in care rather than aiming to meet minimum standards set by other organisations. Our values are those of: Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support. We are the first Trust in the UK to publicly commit and develop a policy to have zero suicides among people in our care by 2020.

We work closely with service users, carers and partner organisations, we've been able to make real improvements to our diverse range of services, from health and social care, right through to high secure provision. This passion to improve has been recognised by the CQC who have recently rated us “Good” overall and “Outstanding” for being well led.

An opportunity has arisen for an innovative and passionate HR professional to join our workforce directorate in the role of HR Advisor on a Fixed Term or secondment basis, initially until 31st March 2021.  

This role provides a fantastic opportunity to support our managers’ requirements to deliver perfect care.  You will be part of the Secure and Specialist Learning Disability Division HR Team and will be responsible for providing effective, proactive HR support and advice related to the operational management of services within the division and also support across the wider HR function as required. 

Key responsibilities will include provision of first line advice on Agenda for Change Terms and Conditions and HR Policies and Procedures, together with supporting managers through a range of employee relations processes including management of attendance, disciplinary and grievance and will involve supporting review meetings, investigations and hearings. 

In order to fulfil this ambitious role you will be CIPD qualified (or working towards) with the understanding of delivering a varied HR portfolio, in particular employee relations activity, ideally in a unionised environment, preferably in the NHS. A self-starter, with a keen values-driven commitment to the NHS, you will need to demonstrate an ability to work flexibly and deliver outcomes that meet the needs of the business. Confident in your ability to deal with people in all situations and negotiate and influence to reach agreement whist demonstrating empathy, you’ll also need to be comfortable working in a timely manner and meeting deadlines when managing employee relations workload. 

If this opportunity excites you and you want to be part of a team who are committed to showing the difference excellent people management and development can make to front line care services, we want to hear from you. 

Interviews are planned for 5th March 2020

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

The postholder will have regular contact with vulnerable people and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Sylvia Stanton, HR Manager