Senior employee relations case investigator

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£44,606 - £50,819
02 Oct 2019
16 Oct 2019
Specialist Area
Employee Relations
HR Jobs Level
Business partner
Full Time

Our employee relations team investigate a wide range of complex medical and non-medical cases across our Trust of c.11, 500 employees. This is an exciting new position which will take the lead on highly complex employee relations case investigations, from FTSU (freedom to speak up) investigations to cultural reviews, team dynamics, individual employee performance and capability management issues to conduct concerns. A varied role working with key stakeholders at all levels, this role will offer the opportunity to be involved in a broad range of ER work reviewed at Board level.


This is a highly autonomous role reporting to our Assistant Director of HR, requiring you to build relationships at senior levels within our organisation and work in partnership with our Employee Relations Service, internal managerial, Union and HR colleagues. You will be part of an innovative and creative HR team with a strong reputation within the organisation and outside of it, and will work closely with our existing ER team which delivers a highly efficient, proactive and effective service.


Your role will be key to our ongoing commitment to ensuring that any concerns / issues raised are investigated swiftly, fairly and objectively. You will 

- be responsible for leading the investigation into highly complex clinical/conduct/capability/performance/FTSU concerns about a practitioner, using MHPS (Maintaining High Professional Standards in the Modern NHS) process based on clinical input/oversight and guidance from clinical case overseer and/or clinical expertise to establish the facts, and report the findings.

- monitor and contribute to reducing service budget for expenditure on external interventions e.g. specialist external reviews and group mediation. 

- provide specialist training to managers undertaking ER investigations, attendance management, disciplinary and grievance processes.

- work autonomously as an independent and impartial practitioner to plan and organise complex / highly complex investigations enhancing the ability of local clinical and managerial teams to focus on their day-to-day business and avoid having to divert their own local resources to investigations.


We’re seeking a seasoned professional with proven experience of leading, driving and overseeing highly complex employee relations investigations cases to successful resolution. The successful candidate will have sound knowledge and understanding of root cause analysis tools and techniques and the ability to communicate complicated concepts clearly and simply. You will have the skills to deal with and diffuse highly emotive situations and the credibility and confidence to challenge conflicting views at any level within the organisation, or outside it, as required. Specialist ER knowledge is essential, allied to relevant HR / clinical or managerial experience. Knowledge of NHS policy and / or medical staffing guidance would be highly advantageous.


As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.

As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.

UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.


UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.


Interviews will be held on Tuesday, 05 November 2019.

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