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Strategic Occupational Health Manager

Your World Recruitment Ltd
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14 Jun 2021

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Strategic Occupational Health Manager

Job Type: Temporary

Duration: This is a temporary ongoing role with no end date specified

Location: Watford

Travel: Not Specified

Remote Working: Not Specified

Working days and hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, this could be discussed for the right candidate

IR35: Inside

Band: 8B

Pay Rates:

Band 8B Pay:

£27.19 to £31.71 paye per hour

£30.47 to £35.54 paye inclusive of holiday pay or

£34.67 to £40.44 umbrella per hour depending on skill and experience

Depending on skill and experience

Start: ASAP

Job Summary

The Strategic Occupational Health Manager is a key member of the senior Human Resources leadership team, the appointed candidate acts as a role model for outstanding leadership and management of the Occupational Health team. The post-holder plays a pivotal role in strategically leading the Trust's Occupational Health Service, including the Trust's Covid response developing and implementing fast paced strategies in line with the Trust's vision, values and goals.

Key Responsibilities

Foster a culture that encourages staff to be innovative, creative and challenging in the interests of delivering high quality client care, effective performance and professional practice; in which staff feel confident to speak out and to listen to each other and where feedback is regularly given.

Provide professional leadership and a highly visible and authoritative presence to support staff in advancing professional and clinical practice through the use of audit, research and evidence-based practice, using influence to ensure compliance with Trust policies and procedures.

Facilitate and lead data activities, ensuring robust quality monitoring systems are in place and delivered to provide assurance of effective and safe delivery of care.

Act a role model for all clinical practitioners within the department and the wider Trust.

Ensure that all staff comply with the Trust's standards for behaviour and attitude, and address any deficiencies.

Provide expert advice to Nursing staff and other professionals, ensuring compliance with NMC regulation and the professional code of conduct.

Provide specialist expertise on all occupational health matters to the Trust's board/Executive and Senior managers.

Communicate effectively across the organisation, delivering messages where there will be barriers of understanding

Support the maintenance of a positive learning culture within the department, ensuring an effective individual performance management system is in place and that all staff have annual reviews/personal development plans.

Provide advice and encouragement to staff at all levels on professional education and development, careers, coaching, mentoring and succession planning.

Develop and deliver Occupational Health plans, strategies and risk management, escalating concerns to the Director of Workforce.

Develop practices and services in line with the Trust's strategic objectives, national guidance and local service development plans.

Ensure the Trust's compliance with national standards and controls as they relate to Occupational Health.

Implement relevant regulations and guidance and all quality improvement measures relating to the specific services within the department.

Make a corporate contribution to clinical practice development and strategic decision making within the department and as a member of the wider Trust senior nursing team.

Participate in and lead performance review programmes throughout the department and ensure care is delivered by appropriately skilled and competent staff.

In partnership with the multi-disciplinary team, contribute to the development of policies, protocols and pathways based on best practice and informed by serious case reviews, audits, legislation and national guidance to assure seamless client care, developing systems to embed and evaluate changes to practice.

Work with Trust and Divisional safeguarding leads to make judgements on complex situations and sensitive information relating to adult safeguarding, including the identification and assessment of risk and compliance with local and national legislation and guidance including CQC essential standards.

Responsible for the development and implementation of improvement projects on inclusion and vulnerability, in line with Trust and Divisional Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policies, working with stakeholders to deliver better outcomes for vulnerable people including those with a learning disability and mental health issues, developing robust policies, guidelines and standards to underpin their care.

Ensure operational planning, compliance with targets and performance standards are met by evaluating service performance, providing assurance to the Director of Workforce

Ensure the key elements of Clinical Governance are in place.

Set and monitor departmental standards of care quality and patient safety within Trust guidelines.

Provide a strategic approach to the development and improvement of clinical care and quality, act as a professional resource to members of the team in developing and evaluating improvements, making recommendations for change and helping to develop diagnostic tools to assist implementation.

Participate in quality, safety and risk manage projects, encouraging active staff engagement and supporting them professionally and personally to deliver the best possible care to clients.

Ensure the highest standards of infection prevention and control practice at all times.

Play a key role in workforce planning as part of an integrated multi-disciplinary approach linking activity, staffing and budgets, in line with the Trust's strategic workforce planning model for Covid and business as usual. Ensure that plans include education and development, clinical leadership and supervision, induction, mentoring, appraisal, career development and recruitment and retention.

Provide assurance on safe staffing levels, taking the lead in complying with all national and local requirements, guidance and policies and monitoring staffing on a daily basis.

Lead role and skill mix reviews, conducting QIAs and implementing new roles or changes to establishment within safe staffing requirements where required.

Where required, work with temporary staffing providers to develop a flexible temporary workforce that meets Covid needs, monitoring bank/agency usage.

Utilise the e-rostering system to manage/support the workforce.

Oversee the management of the Occupational Health budget

Support the Occupational Health Manager with all elements of staff management.

Ensure timely and appropriate recruitment and induction takes place.

Influence and support others to have open and transparent communication channels to enable the team to provide excellent, client-centred care.

Establish effective, professional, multi-disciplinary relationships both within the Trust and externally.

Foster a high level of morale, motivation and commitment by ensuring that views and decisions are communicated clearly.

Develop support mechanisms and evaluate methods for sharing good practice.

Lead on innovations in Occupational Health.

Encourage the use of mechanisms which enable all staff feel that their voice is listened to by the Division and Trust management; that they know how to raise concerns and bring about improvements, and feel empowered to do so.

Person Specification - Experience, Qualifications and Skills

Registered Nurse with current live registration

Evidence of Continuing Professional Development at post graduate level in Occupational Health (BSc, Diploma, SCPHN)

Significant demonstrable transferable experience relevant to this role.

Up to date knowledge and experience of the management of Covid in an acute hospital setting

Substantial senior nurse leadership and management experience in an acute setting

Proven ability to analyse data and performance reports in order to identify issues, forecast trends, propose and implement remedial actions and service improvements.

A good understanding of the drivers and constraints around the delivery of an OHWB service.

Experience of budget management

Experience of change and project management in a complex clinical environment

Experience of policy development and implementation

Experience of developing the nursing profession to improve patient care

Experience of working with patients/users to improve the patient experience

Experience of workforce planning and providing safe staffing assurance

Experience of implementing safety and quality initiatives.


Do you have previous experience working as Occupational Health Manager within NHS or Healthcare setting?

Are you Registered Nurse with current live registration?

Do you have experience of change and project management in a complex clinical environment?

Do you experience match the specifications stated and are you available immediately?
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