Occupational Health Advisor - Band 6

Location Bolton
Job type Permanent
Salary £30,401 - 37,267 per year
Reference 161724

Sanctuary Personnel, a leading recruitment company within the private and public sector has a permanent role for a Band 6 Occupational Health Advisor to work 37.5 hours per week based in Bolton, within the Workforce and Organisational Development Division. May be required to travel to other sites as required by the role.

The salary for this permanent Occupational Health Advisor job is £30,401 - £37,267 per annum.


  • Planning and Organisational Duties
  • Daily management of the Occupational Health Department
  • Organise and conduct Nurse led clinics for management referrals, and to provide written reports or verbal advice to managers and staff, as appropriate
  • Provide clinical advice to staff on escalations including recommendations to see their GP, if indicated, and signpost or arrange referrals to appropriate services such as Staff Counsellor and physiotherapy
  • Initiate, promote and support innovation in the clinical practice and encourage the application of new techniques /procedures in the workplace
  • Actively participate in Clinical Governance and audit
  • Undertake pathology tests through venepuncture in line with departmental protocols and liaise with laboratory staff e.g. virologists when appropriate
  • Undertake health surveillance and screening procedures, e.g. lung function testing, skin assessments, and immunisations
  • Plan and organise wellbeing initiatives for employees of The Trust
  • Ensure that all prospective employees have an appropriate pre-placement work health assessment, conduct appropriate screening procedures and provide immunisation, where necessary, in line with service procedures and protocols
  • Assist and advise Trust management on suitable screening/health surveillance, as deemed necessary, either through legislation or following appropriate risk assessments
  • Ensure that in investigations and tests are undertaken/interpreted, as appropriate and to liaise with other health care professionals where necessary
  • Take responsibility for ensuring security and confidentially of all medical records and other confidential information (either paper form or electronic), and maintain patient confidentiality at all times
  • Prepare reports regarding Occupational Health activities and specific requests for information and audit reviews, as required
  • Record and document accurate medical information in staff health records in compliance with Trust and Nursing and Midwifery Council standards
  • Maintain confidential Occupational Health database to ensure information is up-to date
  • Maintain health surveillance records in accordance with statutory regulations for example Control of Substance Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH), Ionising Radiation, Asbestos
  • Supervise and provide support to the administrative staff
  • Promote health education on a range of health topics on a one-to-one basis or in group sessions
  • Advise staff and clients on the promotion of health and prevention of illness in relation to work and participate in the induction of new employees entering the Trust on all aspects of Occupational Health
  • Undertake other occupational health advisor tasks and activities commensurate with this post, following reasonable requests from senior occupational health nurse/ manager or consultant in occupational medicine
  • Work within the local and wider Occupational Health Team, including attendance at team meetings, committees and groups to ensure OH presented within the Trust
  • Offer specialist advice to various groups/committees, such as health & Wellbeing, sharps management
  • Develop and implement both occupational health and Trust Wide Health policies in conjunction with other Trust personnel
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with infection control team and risk management which includes health and safety and attend committee’s meetings if requested
  • Develop effective lines of communication with Trust Management and Human Resources Directorate
  • Responsibility for Human Resources
  • Assist in the selection, interview and recruitment of staff in liaison with the Head of Occupational Health
  • Assist in the initiation and implementation of an induction/orientation programme for new staff members and to assist in the management of annual leave, sickness absences and arrange extra staff cover for contract agreements
  • Undertake Personal Development Reviews for direct reports
  • Work with the Head of Occupational Health in determining utilisation/skill mix to ensure that the Occupational Health services are offered and maintained at the highest standard

Requirements of the Occupational Health Advisor:

  • Be familiar with national/local guidance on any matters related to occupational health and help develop organisational policies, protocols and procedures in compliance with such guidance
  • NMC Part One Registration
  • NMC Part 3 - Higher qualification in OH nursing, for example diploma / degree and significant experience working in an Occupational Health setting
  • Additional OH / H&S qualifications
  • Experience in working autonomously and organising delivery of service
  • Experience in conducting surveys and audits
  • Experience of managing teams
  • Experience in Occupational Health nursing within the NHS, including screenings in line with Department of Health guidelines
  • Wide breadth of expertise and knowledge in Occupational Health Nursing including management referrals, pre-placement health assessments, health surveillance, vaccinations and immunisations
  • Knowledge of immunisation programmes relevant to the NHS
  • Experience in independent case management of employees referred to the service by managers, for example in relation to attendance management (sickness absence), and production of management reports
  • Proficient and skilled in the performance of routine OH clinical activities including venepuncture, IM/SC injections, spirometry, audiometry, vision screening
  • Competent in the administration of vaccines and compliant with immunisation training update in past 12 months
  • Ability to work effectively within OH team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with patients, colleagues and members of the multidisciplinary team
  • Proven influencing and leadership skills
  • Ability to manage own caseload
  • Work to deadlines, good time management, organisational skills and demonstrate initiative
  • Competent IT skills
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of the role and functions of an Occupational Health Advisor / Nurse
  • Evidence of continuing education, training and professional development
  • Understanding and knowledge of the current national Occupational Health & Wellbeing agenda
  • Up-to-date knowledge of guidelines, national reports, and legislation in relation to OH including HSE and  Department of Health
  • Knowledge of the Equality Act
  • Able to travel between different Trust and sites of external Organisations
  • Ability to adopt to a flexible approach to working hours and circumstances within Occupational Health


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