HR Advisor

  • Full time
  • Part time
  • Taunton, Somerset
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
  • £25,655 - £31,534
  • August 17, 2022

HR Advisor

There has never been a more exciting time to work in People Services in the NHS and particularly in Somerset as our two ambitious, innovative and people focused organisations; Somerset Foundation Trust and Yeovil Hospital are on a journey to become one in 2023. The HR Advisory team are embarking on our integration to deliver services for our colleagues across Somerset and this role provides an exciting opportunity to be part of this transformational work.

As part of People Services you will be crucial to our ongoing work to develop an inclusive environment where principles of a restorative, just and learning culture are central to how we manage our HR/people processes.  As an ambassador for People services you will champion a people before process approach and your excellent communication, coaching and collaboration skills will equip you to guide managers to compassionate decisions and outcomes.

You’ll need to be CIPD qualified or working towards this, with proven experience of working in a similar role, NHS experience is not essential. What is really important is that you are someone who naturally adopts a coaching style to navigate through a range of people matters, encouraging ownership and supporting learning, reflection and change in those that you work alongside.

For more information or an informal discussion about the role, please contact Catherine Adams on


Main duties of the job


Develop and build strong working relationships within the Trust.

Focus on creating and delivering people practices which develop – and maintain – positive working relationships between the organisation and its people.

Coaching & guiding managers through complex employee relation cases, progressed in a timely manner, in line with the principles of the policy.

Assist in the preparation of HR data and reporting. Keep a record of all employee relations cases, monitor trends and present this information to appropriate stakeholders.

Proactively identifying areas of development with management capability/ proactively driving plans to improve management performance and capability.

Monitoring, reviewing and updating resources to ensure they are fit for purpose and ensuring these are up to date with latest employment law, best practice and culture of the Trust.


Working for our organisation


The successful candidate will join a supportive, enthusiastic and future focused HR team that strive to deliver excellent service to the organisation.

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone’s throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan – there is truly something for everyone!


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

– Be the first point of contact for the HR Advisory team for both colleagues and managers, providing effective and consistent advice and support on a range of HR issues such as sickness, capability, maternity, annual leave, terms and conditions of employment and support the clinical psychologist service level agreement.

– Plan and manage competing demands of reactive and proactive work to progress the service and support managers/colleagues accessing information themselves, taking into account all differing priorities.

– Act as a coach for managers on human resources matters to support building management capability

– Advise managers on the interpretation and application of policies and procedures, terms and conditions of employment and employment legislation and case law.

–  Work to ensure resources such as management toolkits and forms support the policies are up to date and fit for purpose.

Person specification

Essential and Desirable

Essential criteria
  • Behaviours aligned with trust values
  • Previous employment in a human resources capacity or graduate seeking first appointment following completion of a HR Qualification.
  • Knowledge of current Human Resources trends and legislation
  • Knowledge of general HR Practices
  • Knowledge of basic employment law
  • Experience of working with manager to solve HR related issues
  • Experience of advising managers on the application of employment policies
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills
  • Able to communicate effectively with colleagues of different disciplines
  • Self motivated
  • Ability to plan, organise and manage own workload and meet deadlines
  • Able to remain calm under pressure and deal with difficult situations
  • Able to work in an ever changing environment
  • Able to prioritise and manage own workload to meet deadlines
  • Tact, experience and professional
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of NHS and HR functions gained by 12 months experience
  • Experience of working in a unionised enviroment
  • Experience of working in an NHS setting
  • Experience of delivering presentations and training programmes

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