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Head of Occupational Health and Staff Wellbeing (Band 8B)



Salary: Band 8b £53,168 - £62,001

Location: Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, Belfast Northern Ireland

The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust is an integrated health and social care organisation, incorporating acute hospital services, community health and social services along with prison healthcare and serves a population of over 400,000 people with a budget in excess of £650 million. The Trust covers an area of 425 square miles and incorporates the local government districts of Ards & North Down, Lisburn & Castlereagh and Newry, Mourne & Down.

The Head of Occupational Health and Staff Wellbeing will provide both strategic and clinical leadership for the delivery of Occupational Health & Staff Wellbeing Services including the provision of fit testing in South Eastern HSC Trust. He/she will have a Trust wide focus and will be responsible for driving and leading service improvement, managing and coordinating the service and championing best practice in occupational health provision.

The post holder will ensure exceptional Occupational Health Services are in place which are fit for purpose and respond to a changing landscape. They will work closely with other key stakeholders for the development of a strategy for both services that promotes and supports the health and well-being of HSC staff and protects patients and the public as appropriate. The post holder will be responsible for shaping service provision for the future.

The Head of Occupational Health and Staff Wellbeing will have management responsibility for medical, nursing, psychology, Allied Health Professional (AHP) and administration staff within the team. In addition the post holder will be the responsible officer for ensuring provision and monitoring of the Trust’s Employee Assistance Program (Counselling Service). The post holder will also be responsible for the provision of specialist Occupational Health advice on prevention and protection of infectious diseases which may put patients, employees or the public at risk.

Essential criteria

  • Hold a relevant university degree or equivalent qualification or professional nursing or midwifery qualification
  • Hold current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Have 3 years’ experience at senior Management Level*


5 years’ experience at Middle Management level*

*Senior Management defined as Band 8A or equivalent or above

*Middle Management defined as Band 7 or equivalent or above

  • Delivered against challenging performance management programmes for a minimum of 2 years meeting a full range of key targets and making significant improvements.
  • Have worked with a diverse range of stakeholders, both internal and external to the organisation, to achieve successful outcomes for a minimum of 2 years.
  • Demonstrate high level people management, governance, leadership and organisational skills for a minimum of 2 years.
  • Hold a current full driving licence which is valid for use in the UK and have access to a car on appointment. This criteria will be waived in the case of applicants whose disability prohibits driving but who have access to a form of transport approved by the Trust which will permit them to carry out the duties of the post.
  • Ability to build relationships and influence at senior level with internal/external stakeholders
  • Has strong strategic influencing, persuading  coaching and negotiating skills
  • Ability to solve complex problems and identify sustainable solutions
  • Ability to think and plan strategically and creatively to prioritise work programmes in the face of competing demands
  • Good understanding of the complexities of the HSC Agenda

Closing date for applications: Friday 3rd December 2021


Head of Occupational Health and Staff Wellbeing (Band 8B)

South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust
Belfast, UK
Northern Ireland, UK
Band 8b £53,168 - £62,001

Published on 1 Dec 2021

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