HSE JOBS: Occupational Health Specialist (SCPHN) (FOD B3/SEO)


Occupational Health Specialist (SCPHN) (FOD B3/SEO)

Reference number: 1561747

Location: Basingstoke, South East : Bedford, Eastern : Bootle, North West : Bristol, South West : Glasgow, Scotland

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Deadline: 7th January, 2018

Job description

At HSE, we work with one goal in mind – to help keep Britain’s workforce safe and healthy.

Our occupational health specialists work together with employers across Great Britain in a whole range of essential industries with thousands of workers, to ensure that work is managed safely. And In this role, you can utilise your considerable professional knowledge to influence not only individual employers but whole industry sectors.

A career with HSE gives you a unique opportunity to visit and interact with different and diverse employers and work activities, often small to medium sized businesses that lack occupational health understanding. You’ll work alongside other inspectors to ensure that all employers take action to control health risks in the workplace, and that means you will see a wide variety of work related health concerns and reported occupational diseases.

Your work will make the most of your experience in delivering occupational health care – identifying risks, providing the right advice and crucially – taking steps to ensure the employer takes the necessary action. You could be inspecting the management of health risks in an engineering firm, investigating a report of occupational disease in a bakery, or taking enforcement action when required. Your work will take you across the range of industries from construction, manufacturing and engineering, to agriculture, waste and recycling or the public sector.

As you can see this role will broaden your knowledge and your professional credibility like no other role can. And you’ll be fully supported by your colleagues including the widest range of health and safety experts in Britain.

Together, you’ll be helping to protect thousands of people, whether that is from our offices or out on site.

Key responsibilities include: 

• Leading and/or supporting investigation of work related ill-health concerns and reportable diseases to identify the cause and where necessary, take appropriate enforcement action to control the risks

• Inspecting a variety of workplaces, either on your own or supporting another inspector to make sure health risks are managed safely, driving improvements and gaining commitment to comply with the law

• Advise other HSE colleagues about OH on how conditions compare with minimum legal requirements and good practice

• Providing specialist support to guide enforcement decisions and specialist opinion in reports

• Contribute to policy work and guidance in relevant priority areas by sharing information and advice with policy colleagues

• Contribute as a member of the occupational health team to promote occupational health at relevant UK forums as well internally, for example, coaching trainee H&S inspectors

• May be required to appear as specialist/ expert witness at tribunals, inquests and legal proceedings.

You will be office based with allocated fieldwork across the office region and occasionally nationally. This will require regular travel and overnight stays.


At HSE, you can develop your expertise even further. While working, you will complete specialist training to understand the legal and enforcement requirements of this front-line role. This includes a mixture of e-learning and face to face tutorials. As well as learning on the job, you will continue your development (consistent with the professional revalidation process) to maintain your registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. You’ll also have wider learning opportunities through your Civil Service access.

Person specification

To be considered for this role, you will;

• be a registered specialist community public health nurse (occupational health) (SCPHN – formerly part 3 of the NMC Register)

• demonstrate sound practical experience and technical expertise in delivering occupational healthcare

• be able to influence at all levels in an organisation to make significant improvements in occupational health delivery

• have a good experience in the following areas;

o assessment and management of health risks
o developing policies and and written arrangements for protecting workplace health
o managing health surveillance arrangements
o monitoring the quality and effectiveness of occupational healthcare delivery

• have health surveillance experience relating to vibration, dermatitis and asthma risks, and experience of management of musculo-skeletal disorders and work related stress.
In addition, you’ll have made some impact in your career so far making intelligent, measured decisions in your area, with good analytical skills to spot underlying issues. Communication is key in this role and you will be able to persuade and influence people at all levels. We value people who respect others, work well in a team and can build robust relationships with employers and other stakeholders.


A full driving licence that permits you to drive in the UK, unless reasonable adjustments can be made under the Equality Act 2010.


Registered Nurse and Registered Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (Occupational Health) with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


Pay and benefits

We invest in our people with;

• Competitive rates of pay, reviewed each year with performance-related awards

• Access to the highly competitive Civil Service Pension Scheme to which HSE contributes around 21%, far more than in the private sector.

• Family friendly policies and working hours to help balance your home life and career

• Up to 30 days annual holiday, plus bank holidays and Civil Service privilege leave

• Comprehensive training to become a specialist inspector and support with CPD. As a Civil Servant, you can receive at least five days of learning and development each year to increase your skills and help further your career


This post is eligible for Excess Fares Allowance. A successful internal candidate currently based at another office may be entitled to Excess Fares Allowance in line with HSE Policy (http://intranet/finance/expenses/excess-fares-allowance-policy.htm).

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.


Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you’re applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

How to apply

We recruit in two stages:

• An initial sift to create a shortlist
• Selection interviews stage.

To make an initial application, complete your CV and personal statement on Civil Service Jobs. Your personal statement (no more than 1200 words) will set out how you match the role requirements listed above:

• Your current level of responsibility
• The breadth and depth of your experience
• The technical quality and standard of your work.

You will also need to pass basic personnel security level checks and meet UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

We recruit on merit based on fair and open competition, embracing diversity and promoting equality of opportunity.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

IMPORTANT: Please note CV’s sent direct to HSE will not be accepted.

It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure they are aware of the terms and conditions they will adopt should they be successful in their application. For a summary of HSE terms and conditions as part of Civil Service Reform, please see the attached document

If you believe that Civil Service Commission principles of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of Fair and Open competition have not been met you can raise a complaint by emailing:

HR.Resourcing-Team@hse.gov.uk or by writing to HSE at the following address:

HSE Resourcing Team
6.3 Redgrave Court
L20 7HS

Alternatively you can contact Civil Service commissioners http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/civil-service-code/complaints-under-the-code/

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

kerry.trow@hse.gov.uk or call 0203 028 4906, or Dawn.smith@hse.gov.uk on 0203 028 2822

Sift/interview dates and location

Sift – 8 and 15th January 2018
Interviews – Date TBC

Please note interviews will be held at HSE Redgrave Court Bootle.

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