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Employee Relations Advisor

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Employee Relations
Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH)
£26,554 - £34,495 per annum inclusive
23/02/2018 23:59

At UCLH (University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) our success starts with you.

We want you to come to UCLH, and stay at UCLH; all of our staff have been involved in developing our values.

We believe that UCLH is a better place for patients and staff alike. This is an exciting opportunity to join one of the largest and most successful Foundation Trusts in the UK with an international reputation and a tradition of innovation.

UCLH has two major strategic projects underway. On Grafton Way, we are building a facility which will be home to one of only two high energy NHS proton beam therapy centres, Europe’s largest centre for the treatment of blood disorders and a hyper modern surgery service.  Close by on Huntley Street we are developing the new Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals. Replacing the current hospitals on Grays’ Inn Road, this development will mean we can provide multidisciplinary care to our dental and ENT patients in a modern environment. Our Grafton Way facility is due to open in 2020, with Huntley Street opening in 2019.

NHS staff survey results from 2016, UCLH has been named one of the ten best performing non-specialist trusts against the following statement: “If a friend of relative needed treatment I would be happy with the standard of care provided by this organisation”.

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH), situated in the West End of London, is one of the largest NHS foundation trusts in the United Kingdom and provides first class acute and specialist services to patients both locally and from throughout the UK and abroad.


The Employee Relations Department, part of the Workforce Directorate, supports the Trust’s first class work through the provision of high quality advice on all aspects of employee relations and employment law to managers throughout the Trust.  


The Trust is seeking an experienced Employee Relations Adviser whose primary focus will be to support managers through the management of intermittent and long term sickness absence cases.


The post holder will independently manage a mixed case load of around 30 sickness absence cases (short term and long term) and so prior experience of managing a high volume case work is essential. 


The post holder should be able to give professional advice and promote good practice in all aspects of Trust HR Policies and Procedures across the Trust at an operational level, namely advising and supporting managers in the areas of Agenda for Change Terms and Conditions of Service (AfC), Absence Management and Employment Law.


Additionally, the post holder will also provide training to managers on Sickness Absence Management.


The successful candidate will have:

  • A proven and demonstrable human resources experience with a track record of success.
  • Ability to work within a busy human resources department managing a high volume case work. 
  • To hold a CIPD qualification or be committed to working towards a CIPD qualification or equivalent.  
  • Strong experience in advising managers on the management of sickness absence and terms and conditions of service.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • The ability to self-motivate and organise their own workload.
  • A clear, concise and accurate writing style.


In return, we provide training on areas of Employee Relations and Employment Law, and offer an ER training and development programme, as well as opportunities for experience across HR.

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Applicant requirements

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties 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

Roopa Kotak, Employee Relations Manager on 0203 447 9532.