Occupational Health Specialist – (HSE Executive)

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Closing date: 28th Feb., 2017


Bristol, South West, BS1 6EW : Edinburgh, Scotland, EH4 3UE : Bootle, North West, L20 7HS : Bedford, Eastern, MK41 7LW : Keyworth, East Midlands, NG12 5GG : Basingstoke, South East, RG24 9NW : Oxted, South East, RH8 0BT : London, SE1 9HS

About the job

Job description

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

Great Britain’s health and safety record is the envy of much of the world. Central to this is our work to protect people by managing risk in a proportionate and effective way, supporting innovation and increasing productivity.

Work-related ill health is a problem for every section of society, with conditions ranging from cancer and other long-latency diseases to stress and musculoskeletal disorders. Greater awareness of the harm, costs and preventability of work-related ill health should drive collective action to improve health outcomes. You will be at the heart of this.

About the role

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Joining us as an Occupational Health Inspector, you’ll be at the front line of our Field Operations Division (FOD), working with all areas within HSE. You will cover the health and safety of all UK employment sectors: construction, agriculture, general manufacturing, engineering, food and drink, quarries, entertainment, education, and local and central government.

You will use your occupational health expertise to focus on work-related health concerns and reportable occupational ill-health. We’ll look to you to conduct inspections and investigations, take enforcement action and support operational colleagues. Alongside this, you’ll train and mentor trainee Health and Safety Inspectors, contribute to guidance reviews and policy work

About you

As a Registered Nurse and Registered Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (Occupational Health), with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, you’ll have demonstrable and extensive experience in delivering occupational healthcare.

Attributes required:
We are looking for high calibre specialists who can, under challenge, think strategically, identify underlying core issues, and engage at different levels both with colleagues, site technical staff and at the most senior levels within an organisation. You will be decisive and able to influence those organisations to bring about improvements.
You will have:
• Strong communication skills to influence change at all levels in the organisations we regulate;
• Sound analytical skills to identify underlying gaps and deficiencies related to risk management;
• Initiative and decisiveness, making sound decisions based on available evidence;
• Good organisational and planning skills taking responsibility for delivering expected outcomes on time and to the required standard;
• The ability to work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team, maintaining positive professional working relationships with colleagues and stakeholders;
• The ability to write effective technical reports and present complex technical information in a clear and concise way for a non-technical audience

About our training

Because our people are just as important as the work we do, you’ll have comprehensive support from your manager and colleagues. In addition to supporting your continuing professional development, you will complete the Regulators Training Programme RTP), providing you with an accredited Diploma in Health and Safety. For more information on Your Development please, copy and paste the following link in your web browser:


Person specification

Please see job descripion.


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.


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.


We offer a competetive reward and benefits package for all our employees – for more information, please copy and paste the following link in to your web browser:


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

If you are successful following the initial sift, you will be invited to a half day assessment event, which includes a technical and behavioural interview. Full details will be sent at the time of invite.

Technical Interview Competencies:

• Secure, maintain and develop relevant technical experience – breadth and depth of experience and ability to apply knowledge at the level relevant to the role in HSE.

• Understanding and complying with statutory (and non-statutory) requirements of current role – ability to understand and comply with legal requirements and technical standards and to carry out dynamic risk assessments in their current role.

• Apply scientific/Technical knowledge – ability to assimilate and analyse information

• Engaging People – Building capability for all

• Overseeing the technical work of others – ability to review, direct and sign-off technical work of others.

Behavioural Interview Competencies:

• Engaging people – Leading and Communicating

• Engaging people – Collaborating and Partnering

• Setting Direction – Making effective decisions

• Delivering results – Delivering at pace

For more information on the competencies listed above please copy and paste the following link into your web browser:


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.

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

How to Apply

Please ensure you attach your covering letter and CV to the ‘Attachments’ tab within your CS Jobs application.

Your covering letter should address the following points to demonstrate how you fit the essential requirements of this role;

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

This should be no more than one side of A4 paper (font size 10)

If you require further information with regards to the post, then please contact Dawn Smith via email dawn.smith@hse.gsi.gov.uk or Kerry Trow via email kerry.trow@hse.gsi.gov.uk

If you have a disability and you need an application form in an alternative format or you would like to know more about our recruitment process please contact: hr.resourcing.team@hse.gov.uk

Sift/interview dates and location

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

Further information

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


Details of the Civil Service Nationality Rules are located at: http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/about/resources/nationality-rules. Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements. For the most up-to-date information on the requirements of working in the UK, please go to the UK Border Agency website: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/working/

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

Candidates can claim travel costs if they attend an interview/selection stage for the vacancy.

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