HR Advisor

The Firm

Capsticks is a leading provider of legal services to the health, social care, housing and emergency services sectors, as well as in the field of professional discipline. The firm has a turnover of c£45m and around 450 staff - including 350 fee earners - across 5 offices nationally. We act for a wide range of long standing clients in both the public and private sector, including all forms of NHS organisations, governmental and regulatory bodies, registered providers, insurers, police, fire and rescue services, independent health and social care providers, charities and GP practices.

The Role

Capsticks HR Advisory Service is an innovative service which has been developed by the firm to deliver outsourced HR advice and support to NHS organisations on a range of complex and day-to-day ER and HR issues. We work alongside the client’s internal HR team to provide specialist advice in accordance with their local policies and procedures.

The HR Advisory Service provides an Employee Relations service to Cumbria Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust whereby the HR Advisor will be required to be based at their HQ and attend the Trust’s other sites.,

The HR Advisor acts as the first point of contact for the clients’ managers and are responsible for the provision of a dedicated Employee Relations HR advisory service that compliments the clients’ other HR initiatives. The HR Advisor will also give support and guidance at employee relations meetings and hearings, either to support the manager to undertake this meeting themselves or accompany a manager throughout formal meetings. The HR Advisor will undertake ER investigations on behalf of the client. Responsibilities include providing generalist operational HR advice and support, including all related administration, on a wide range of HR issues including current employment law, performance and absence management, health and safety, disciplinary and grievance issues etc, up to the issuing of ET proceedings. The post holder will also participate in the delivery of training and development seminars to the clients and participate in the co-ordination and implementation of new policies and procedures. The role will hold an employee relations case load, allocated by the HR Advisory Manager, which they will managed autonomously, in line with the client KPI’s. The role may also require UK travel.

Skills set

  • An excellent knowledge of a broad range of ER issues and the ability to advise on risk

  • Previous NHS experience or experience working within a unionised environment in the public sector (preferable);

  • Commercial understanding;

  • Hold a CIPD (or equivalent) qualification, or be working toward this qualification;

  • Good range of IT skills, including the use of Microsoft® Outlook™, Word™ and Excel™

Capsticks is an equal opportunities employer

Capsticks is committed to providing equal opportunities for all and to encouraging diversity through recruitment. Applications are welcome from all sections of the community and decisions to progress will be made with reference to entirely objective criteria only.

Capsticks is an agile firm and is open to conversations about flexible working.

In 2020 Capsticks achieved a 1 star accreditation from Best Companies, the specialists whose recognition programme is the standard for workplace engagement. The Best Companies accreditation is really important to Capsticks as it focuses on the trust and value we place in our people, their wellbeing and their careers.

Term: The role is available on either a full time (ideally) or part time basis with the opportunity to work remotely (with some travel) if preferred.

Working Hours: Full or part-time, flexible working/hours available