Occupational Health Nurse
Salary: PO1 (SCP 27-30) £30,507 - £32,878 gross per annum
Department: Organisational Development
Reports to: HR Manager
Location: Northland Row, Dungannon (but will be required to work across all Mid Ulster Council Sites)
Hours: 14.8 hours per week (days to be confirmed)
Purpose and Function of Post
To be responsible for the provision of professional and confidential services and to provide advice to management and employees on all matters relating to occupational health, particularly the prevention of illness and the maintenance and improvement of health and wellbeing within Mid Ulster District Council.
To improve organisational effectiveness of Mid Ulster District Council by providing and managing a proactive Occupational Health Service.
Principal Duties and Tasks Performed:
- To manage and deliver a range of effective occupational health services. The individual tasks associated with this post includes (but are not confined to) the following:
- Pre-employment Health Screening, Assessments and Medical Checks
- Management Referrals (Absence management)
- Employee Self-referrals
- Health Surveillance (Hand Arms Vibration Syndrome, Lung Function Testing, Skin and Hearing Tests)
- Vaccinations (Flu Vaccine)
- Drugs and Alcohol Testing
- Ill Health Retirement Checks/Advice
- Annual Health Checks, e.g. blood pressure.
- Other ad hoc services
- Provide basic first aid
- Work in conjunction with Organisational development to provide confidential support, advice, reports and guidance to managers and employees in relation to sickness absence, case management, workplace environment, risk assessments, stress management and return to work following absence.
- Responsible for training the appropriate levels of management in relation to the procedures and policies regarding managing attendance related issues, eg sickness, stress, health & safety etc, to ensure line management are competent in their responsibilities.
- To develop and maintain relationships with external occupational health clinical professional(s) who contribute to the delivery of the overall service; and with other internal and external stakeholders and organisations as and when required within the role.
- To develop and maintain, questionnaires, confidential clinical records, reports and all other required documentation in accordance with Council’s policies & procedures, practices and applicable regulations.
- To contribute to the development and promotion of the Council’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy and to lead, develop and implement Occupational Health services and processes that support that strategy, working in close collaboration with the Health & Wellbeing Team.
- To develop, implement and manage drugs and alcohol testing policy and associated procedures for Mid Ulster District Council, and train appropriate staff in the use of this policy.
- Must be knowledgeable and well versed in health and safety legislation, and will be required to liaise with the Health & Safety Officers in Mid Ulster District Council, and provide advice and guidance on health & safety related issues.
- To advise and promote the Council’s employee assistance programme and to motivate and support employees to make healthy lifestyle choices based upon current public health best practice and guidance.
- Responsible for the production of statistical information and to identify any organisational issues or wellbeing trends within the Council and report accordingly to the Senior Management Team.
- Assist in the planning, organising and evaluation of new and ongoing Occupational Health Services within Council.
- To be responsible for supporting Line Management with managing attendance by regularly providing specialist Occupational Health advice in conjunction with Council Policy and best practice guidelines.
- To ensure all equipment and supplies provided for the delivery of this role are maintained and fit for purpose, responsible for stock replenishment, and any equipment defaults reported immediately.
- To take responsibility for own personal development and update knowledge and skills, with support from Mid Ulster District Council, to perform the role at an effective level. Undertake such training as is deemed necessary to improve personal performance and knowledge.
- To comply with Mid Ulster District Council’s Health and Safety Policy and Codes of Practice and adhere to all equal opportunities policies and promote a positive approach to equality and diversity within the workplace. Act in accordance with the Code of Conduct for Local Government Employees.
Please note: This job description is a broad picture of the post at the date of preparation. It is not an exhaustive list of all possible duties as it is recognised that jobs change and evolve over time. The post holder will be required to carry out any other duties up to and including the grade for the position offered as necessary to fulfil the purpose and function of the post.
Qualifications and Experience
- Applicants must be a Registered Nurse (RGN) and hold a recognised Occupational Health Nursing qualification or equivalent (Certificate, Diploma or Degree).
Applicants must provide specific and personal examples of having at least 2 years’ relevant experience in the following areas:
- Experience of delivering a range of Occupational Health Services within a large complex organisation
- A working knowledge of health & safety, data protection and equal opportunities legislation.
- Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to develop and maintain effective and inclusive working relationships.
- Competent in the use IT Systems, including a working knowledge of Microsoft word, excel and databases.
- Experience of keeping accurate records and writing reports;
- Applicants must possess a full, current driving licence which enables them to drive in Northern Ireland and a vehicle available for official business, or have access to a form of transport which enables them to meet the requirements of the post in full.
Please be advised that this alternative is a “reasonable adjustment” specifically for applicants with disabilities who, as a result of their disability, are unable to hold a full, current driving licence.
Desirable Qualifications and Experience
- Experience of Case Management
The shortlisting panel reserves the right to enhance the above criteria.
In accordance with the Competency Framework for Local Government1, applicants for this post must demonstrate the following competencies at Operational Level:
Providing Leadership and Direction
- Setting Direction – Contributes to the development of a strategy and conveys a clear vision led by being innovative and proactive
- Managing Performance – Sets clear, challenging and realistic objectives.
- Managing Our Own Work – Prioritises workload effectively and Monitors progress against objectives, taking appropriate actions to deliver results
- Communicating with Impact – communicate ideas and information effectively, both verbally and in writing.
Working with Others
- Influencing Outcomes – present ideas and recommendations persuasively to achieve effective outcomes.
- Meeting Customer Needs – establish the needs of customers and strive to ensure that these are met.
- Continuously Improving Services – seek to continually improve the services and processes that impact on users.
- Achieving Results – be self-driven to achieve outcomes showing motivation and perseverance in overcoming obstacles and achieving results.
Further details on these competencies and their associated positive indicators can be found in the Competency Framework for Local Government at www.lgsc.org.uk.
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The post will be subject to a Basic ACCESS (NI) check for successful candidates in accordance with Access NI Code of Practice