Senior Occupational Health Advisor

Opening Date:
10 Mar 2022
Closing Date:
31 Mar 2022
Salary Range:

SBU: Office of the Vice-Chancellor
FTE: 1.0fte, 37 hours per week
Contract: Permanent
Salary: UH8 £40,927 pa – £43,434 pa with the potential to progress to £51,799 pa on achieving designated skills and experience
Location: College Lane Campus, Hatfield

Occupational Health and Workplace Wellbeing has been established by the University of Hertfordshire to provide a high quality, independent and confidential service to all staff, healthcare, education and art therapy students of the university. The service is constantly evolving and developing to meet the ever increasing and often specific needs of clients and the University.

Main duties and responsibilities
You will deliver on key OH services such as assessing any employee or student following a body fluid exposure, undertaking a risk assessment for blood borne viruses and taking appropriate action in accordance with the Department of Health guidelines, asses individual risk for employees presenting with perceived stress and take appropriate action, responding to employee/manager’s requests for support/information on the working environment, providing support to employees through potentially difficult or distressing situations, maintaining appropriate records in line with departmental protocols on record keeping, writing letters to GP/Specialists in line with the Access to Medical reports Act and Data Protection Act, leading on delivery of a health surveillance service in accordance with current legislation and empowering Occupational Health Nurse Advisors to undertake a wider range of clinical activities by ensuring appropriate training, updating, and monitoring of relevant training programmes.

In addition to this you will also be expected to provide an effective level of customer service to staff and healthcare students within the University and maintain links with relevant professional bodies, contributing to the activities of such groups as appropriate – e.g., Higher Education Occupational Practitioners Group (HEOPS).

Skills and experience required
You will have Significant Post Registration Experience, experience of working in an Occupational Health environment and experience of immunisation and venepuncture schedules and protocols. You must have a working knowledge of Employment Law as it relates to Occupational Health, as well as the Access to Medical Reports Act and Data Protection Act. You will be able to understand and interpret medical reports and inform management accordingly and make autonomous ‘fitness’ decisions re: ‘fitness’ for work/study. You will be expected to have knowledge of relevant drugs and medicine legislation to OH practice and a good understanding of all matters relating to patient confidentiality in a non-primary health care environment.

In addition to this, you will need good interpersonal communication skills, both oral and written as well as excellent IT skills.

Qualifications required
You must be a Registered Nurse – Adult (part 1 Nursing and Midwifery Council Register). Holding a
Diploma/Degree (or equivalent) in Occupational Health Nursing and being a Registered Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (Part 3 Nursing and Midwifery Council Register) would be advantageous.

DBS: An Enhanced Disclosure will be required.

Interview Date: Week Commencing 25 April 2022
Reference Number: 039456

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