HR Advisor - Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

  • Capsticks
  • Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  • May 02, 2018
Full time Human Resources (HR)

Job Description

Vacancy: HR Advisor
Division: HR Advisory
Location: On site at the client – Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHs Foundation Trust
Term: Permanent
Working Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
The Firm
Capsticks is a leading provider of legal services to the health, social care and housing sectors, as well as in the field of professional discipline. The firm has a turnover of c£38m and 400 staff - including more than 250 fee earners - across its 4 offices in London, Birmingham, Leeds and Winchester and acts for a wide range of long standing clients in both the public and private sector including all forms of NHS organisations, governmental and regulatory bodies, registered providers, insurers, defence organisations, independent healthcare providers, charities and GP practices.
Further details about the firm and the type of work carried out can be found on our website at
The Role
Capsticks HR Advisory is an innovative service which has been developed by the firm to deliver outsourced HR advice and support to NHS organisations on a range of complex and day-to-day ER and HR issues. We work alongside the client’s internal HR team to provide specialist advice in accordance with their local policies and procedures.
The HR Advisory Service provides an Employee Relations service to Northumberland Tyne and Weir NHS Foundation Trust whereby the HR Advisor will be required to attend the Trust’s sites.
The HR Advisor act as the first point of contact for clients’ managers and are responsible for the provision of a dedicated HR advisory service that compliments the clients’ other HR initiatives. The HR Advisor will also give on-site support and guidance at formal meetings and hearings. Responsibilities include providing generalist operational HR advice and support on a wide range of HR issues including current employment law, performance and absence management, health and safety, disciplinary and grievance issues etc, up to the issuing of proceedings. The post holder will also participate in the delivery of training and development seminars to the clients and participate in the co-ordination and implementation of new policies and procedures.
The HR Advisor will work within a dedicated specialist team providing services to Northumberland Tyne and Weir NHS Foundation Trust and potentially other clients in the North of England reporting to an HR Advisory Manager, although the team will also work closely with and have access to legal staff in the Employment Department where necessary. The role may also require UK travel. The candidate is expected to work within the Standard Operating Procedures of Capsticks.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
 To provide general HR advice, guidance and support to all managers of the client, relating to the interpretation of policies and procedures, terms and conditions and employment issues e.g. discipline, grievance, absence management, terms and conditions (this list is not exhaustive), based on client policies and procedures, best practice and the latest employment case law;
 Provide on-site support to managers at formal meetings, and to support the manager, where necessary, at the clients’ site locations;
 To assist client managers produce high quality reports following investigations and statements of case for formal hearings;
 To record information accurately, and keep case management information updated on the HR Advisory case management system;
 To liaise and work with client HR staff to provide a seamless HR service, to meet with and provide up to date information on ER cases as required by the client;
 To assist and contribute to the review and production of policies and procedures for client’s as required;
 To assist and contribute to the production of guidance documents on ER matters as required;
 To assist in the development and growth of HR Advisory as required; and
 Undertake duties as required by the service. This list is not exhaustive.
Further details on the service, the department, the firm and the type of work carried out can be found on our website at
Skills set
Training will be provided although candidates should have:
 Previous NHS experience or experience working within a unionised environment in the public sector;
 Hold a CIPD (or equivalent) qualification, or be working toward this qualification;
 An excellent knowledge of a broad range of ER issues and the ability to advise on risk;
 Good communication skills;
 Good administration skills; and
 Good range of IT skills, including the use of Microsoft® Outlook™, Word™ and Excel™
Candidates will also be expected to demonstrate at interview that they are:
 Professional, self-motivated and proactive in their approach;
 Well organised;
 Focused on the delivery of a first class service;
 Robust in their approach, with the ability to win the trust and confidence of their colleagues; and
 A team player who is approachable and able to work alongside others.
Capsticks is an equal opportunities employer
Capsticks is committed to providing equal opportunities for all and to encouraging diversity through recruitment. Applications are welcome from all sections of the community and decisions to progress will be made with reference to entirely objective criteria only.
Capsticks is an agile firm and is open to conversations about flexible working.