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Occupational Health Advisor

Job Description

Job Advertisement: Occupational Health Advisor

Position Summary:
We are seeking a dedicated Occupational Health Advisor (OHA) to join our team and provide an efficient and effective Occupational Health service to our Police Officers and Staff. Your role will involve delivering professional and sensitive support while ensuring compliance with health and safety legislation, the Equality Act, Working Time Regulations, and other relevant laws.

Principal Responsibilities:

  1. Deliver an Efficient Occupational Health Service:
    • Provide specialist advice to the Force on workplace health issues.
    • Ensure compliance with health and safety legislation and other relevant regulations.
  2. Manage Complex Cases:
    • Assess the physical and mental health needs of individuals.
    • Conduct case review meetings and refer to internal and external health specialists when necessary.
  3. Provide Comprehensive Management Updates:
    • Collaborate with the HR Team and line managers to manage absence, restricted duties, and return-to-work issues.
  4. Conduct Health and Pre-employment Medical Screening and Preventative Healthcare Advice.
  5. Triage Occupational Health Referrals for assignment to the OHA and Force Medical Advisor (FMA).

Education Level and Relevant Experience

  • Must be a registered general nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
  • Must hold an Occupational Health qualification at Diploma level or above, or be willing to work towards it. This qualification will be supported by Gwent Police.
  • Post-qualification Occupational Health experience in a multi-site organization is desirable.
  • Must demonstrate experience of working independently, managing your workload, and collaborating within a multi-disciplined team.
  • Must possess post-qualification experience in a clinical setting with a proven ability to practically apply medical knowledge and experience within a complex organization with specialist requirements.
  • Must have previous experience of undertaking sickness absence consultations and producing comprehensive management reports.
  • Should have previous experience of running vaccination / health surveillance programs.
  • Must be able to evidence the ability to work autonomously, making sound evidence-based decisions.
  • Must have proven experience of advising and positively influencing others.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Must have knowledge of Occupational Health and Safety Legislation, including the Equality Act, Medical Records Act, Data Protection Act, and Health and Safety at Work Act.
  • Must maintain continuous professional development by staying up to date with best practices in all aspects of Occupational Health and changes to national standards and legislation, impacting the Police Service, to provide clinical governance and ensure relevant advice is given to the force.
  • Level 1 Welsh is essential (training will be given), with Welsh language skills Level 2 and above being desirable.

If you are a qualified and experienced Occupational Health Advisor and are ready to make a significant contribution to the health and wellbeing of our Police Officers and Staff, we invite you to apply for this vital role. Please send your resume and a cover letter addressing your qualifications and relevant experience to