Health and Safety Manager

Recruiter
CREATIVE SUPPORT
Location
Stockport
Posted
27 Nov 2018
Closes
10 Dec 2018
Sector
Charity
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

We require a competent and suitably experienced individual to lead our Health & Safety function and to manage a small, highly motivated Health & Safety Team. You will develop and implement strategic Health and Safety processes, ensuring compliance with these systems and relevant safety legislation. You will promote a culture of safety awareness, best practice and continuous improvement to ensure the safety of our employees, services users, tenants and visitors.

You will have specific responsibility at a corporate level for:

  • Health and Safety policies and systems
  • Compliance with Health & Safety legislation
  • Infection Control
  • Environmental Management
  • Business Continuity and Emergency Planning

You must be committed to driving performance to ensure that our business is managed as safely and responsibly as possible, ensuring that all legislative and good practice requirements are met. You will ensure that the team provides high quality safety advice, effective support, timely responses to any safety/risk concerns and excellent customer care. You will lead the team to plan and deliver a national programme of proactive safety inspections and audits. You will also design and contribute to the delivery of a national programme of Health and Safety training.

You will provide general health and safety advice, disseminate safety information and lead the delivery of health and Safety campaigns. You will be expected to develop new Health and Safety policies/procedures as required and to keep existing policies up to date. You will “case manage” safety related insurance claims, liaising with our insurers to provide timely information to defend claims. You will carry out specific post-incident and near-miss inspections and ensure that learning from these is captured and disseminated, with the aim of preventing re-occurrence.

You will chair the national Health and Safety Reference Group/Safety Committee and take part in social care governance processes. You will collect and organise safety and performance data, report against KPIs and provide briefings and reports for senior colleagues as required. You will be required to produce an annual Health & Safety report, Quarterly Health & Safety Performance Reports and contribute to our corporate risk management and business planning processes. You will prepare and present reports to the Board of Trustees and attend bi-monthly Board meetings. You will be required to report to and liaise with external bodies such as the Fire service, HSE, Environmental Health and Public Health, ensuring full compliance with regulatory requirements.

Applicants must have significant previous health and safety management experience, preferably gained in a relevant sector (health, social care or social housing) and must be able to demonstrate an excellent understanding of health and safety legislation, statutory requirements and good practice. You will hold a first degree/postgraduate qualification and possess a relevant professional Health & Safety qualification.

In order to fulfil this challenging and varied role you will need to be professional, proactive, well organised and able to work efficiently to achieve deadlines. You will be an effective communicator with good report writing skills, IT literate and numerate. You will have strong investigative and analytical skills. You must be assertive and personable as a key member of our Executive Management Team. The ability to motivate and supervise staff and manage their performance effectively is essential. All applicants should be able to demonstrate a strong and genuine interest in our activities and charitable ethos. You will need to be committed to the provision of safe, high quality person-centred social care and the safeguarding of vulnerable service users.

This position will involve flexibility and attendance at some evening meetings. As we are a national provider of services with a significant number of locations we anticipate that the role will involve some travel and occasional overnight stays. Expenses or a pool car will be provided; however it is not essential to be a car driver as our locations can generally be reached by public transport. This position offers many interesting and varied challenges as well as opportunities for continued personal and professional development. We anticipate investing in your on-going training and CPD.

Creative Support is a dynamic organisation with charitable status providing supported housing and a range of personalised care and support services for older people, people with mental health needs, learning disabilities, autism and physical disabilities. We currently employ over 4,000 highly committed staff and support over 5,000 service users in 65 local authorities in England. We are also registered with the HCA as a provider of social housing and own around 700 units of accommodation. Our pleasant and friendly Head Office is based in the centre of Stockport close to Manchester and enjoys excellent public transport links. We offer season ticket loans on request.

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