Occupational Health Advisor

Tyne And Wear Fire And Rescue Service

Occupational Health Advisor

£40,221 – £43,421 per annum + benefits

About the role

We are seeking to fill an upcoming vacancy for the role of Occupational Health Advisor.

Reporting directly to Head of Occupational Health, Wellbeing and Safety you will be responsible for the provision of a comprehensive occupational health service whilst ensuring the effective use of resources. The role will provide a professional service to employees and department managers in the delivery of exceptional services to our community and key stakeholders.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a firm commitment to inclusivity, fairness, dignity and the highest standards of ethical behaviours and champion these in their day to day work in compliance with our ethical code of conduct.

We welcome applications from all sections of society with the necessary skills, qualifications and experience and encourage applications from underrepresented groups in our workforce or society.

As the Occupational Health Advisor you will:

·         To manage and progress a caseload of Occupational Health referrals, provide written reports to HR and managers following referral with clear guidance on the Occupational Health recommendations for both the client and the manager including onward referral to physiotherapists, Counselling Service, etc as appropriate.

·         Advising where case conference and case management meetings may seem appropriate and taking an active role in these.

·         To provide confidential professional, best practice advice on pre-employment assessments, sickness absence, rehabilitation, work related health issues and proactive health interventions to HR staff, line mangers and members of staff, including where appropriate, advice on implications of Equality Act 2010.

·         To ensure employee OH records are maintained and confidentiality requirements observed; complying with the overall requirements of confidentiality of medical record keeping and legislation e.g. data protection.

·         To identify potential occupational sickness hotspots/trends and to provide advice and guidance on eliminating and minimising causes of absence to help improve attendance at work.

We are seeking a candidate who has demonstrable experience of:

·         Managing a clinical caseload

·         Interpreting and analysing complex reports and information and making recommendation based on findings

·         Delivery of health surveillance and vaccination programmes

·         Demonstrate a good understanding of a range of occupational health issues

·         Comprehensive and contemporary work experience of phlebotomy, vaccinations, spirometry and audiometry

·         Supporting employees with reasonable adjustments

About our Occupational Health, Wellbeing and Safety team

The Occupational Health, Wellbeing and Safety Department has been newly introduced to the Service to bring together the functions that support our employees’ health, wellbeing and safety.  The areas within this department are Occupational Health, Health and Fitness, Mental health and Health and Safety.

The Selection Process

This is a multi-stage assessment process; successful candidates will be progressed to subsequent stages, all candidates will be notified of their outcomes following participation in a given assessment stage.

Set out below are the key dates relating to this selection process:

Stage Timeline*
Advert closes – 28 July 2024
Notification of shortlist – 30 July 2024
Interview – 7 August 2024
*Please note the dates and stages detailed may be subject to change

Interested in applying?

Further details can be found in the accompanying job description and person specification. You are required to submit a supporting statement of no more than 1000 words which should demonstrate how you meet the criteria stated on the person specification and job description.

Further information about our Service can be found by visiting www.twfire.gov.uk and our various social media channels.

If you would like to arrange an informal discussion before the advert closes please contact Joanne Henry via joanne.henry@twfire.gov.uk

Pre-employment checks

The successful applicant will be subject to our pre-employment screening process which includes an enhanced DBS check, completion of an occupational health medical questionnaire and a substance abuse test. We will also conduct right to work and reference checks. 

About Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service are one of the UK’s leading Fire and Rescue Services for responding and innovation. We pride ourselves in striving to ‘Create the Safest Community’ and our dedicated, and diverse workforce are committed to delivering this.

As an organisation we are currently rated as ‘Good’ by His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services and by recruiting the right individual with the right skills, ability and knowledge, this will ensure our continued success.

The Service values and respects the diversity of its employees, and aims to recruit a workforce that represents the communities we serve.

Our facilities

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters are located in purpose built premises based in Washington, within easy reach of the A1 and A19. On site facilities include a staff gym, ample free parking and canteen facilities.

Key employee benefits

Ø  Generous leave entitlement commencing at 23 days plus Public Holidays and 3 local days to be used over the Christmas period

Ø  Flexi-time scheme in operation

Ø  Local government pension scheme

Ø  Free on-site parking

Ø  Free on-site gym

Ø  Blue light discount

Ø  Car leasing scheme

To apply for this job please visit my.corehr.com.