Occupational Health Practice Manager

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Job Description

An exciting opportunity has become available for an Occupational Health Practice Manager for Cheshire Constabulary on a permanent basis. This role involves leading on the implementation of a new operating model for the forces Occupational Health Service.

Please refer to the role profile below for the full scope and skills required for this role.

The Post holder is responsible for the management and delivery of an efficient and effective high quality Occupational Health service for Cheshire Constabulary. Ensuring the provision of a professional occupational health advisory service on all occupational health matters and ensuring compliance with statutory duties in relation to health, safety and welfare. The post holder will promote, develop, coordinate and manage all aspects of health, fitness and wellbeing for the service to promote the health of all employees and reduce the risk of cases of occupational Ill health.

  1. Provision of professional occupational Health advice to managers and employees in relation to sickness absence and all health, fitness and wellbeing related issues. Ensuring that appropriate medical advice and guidance on sickness absence management is provided with verbal and written advice to managers, employees and HR colleagues.
  2. Lead and manage a team of Occupational health professionals and administrative staff focusing on commitment to quality, customer engagement and satisfaction, continuous improvement, high performance and innovation to deliver a high quality occupational health service.
  3. Manage and develop the occupational health team to ensure an effective workforce capable of meeting its strategic objectives for the Constabulary. This will include monitoring of performance, management of the OHU team, professional development and ensuring compliance with statutory requirements and Occupational health Policies and Procedures.
  4. Formulate, implement and review occupational health and fitness policies, procedures and initiatives in line with statutory and service requirements, national strategies or standards in order to optimise employee health, wellbeing and physical fitness to reduce sickness absence. This will include developing, implementing and actively promoting health, wellbeing and fitness initiatives, awareness and education and access to treatment to expedite recovery.
  5. Plan, develop, coordinate and deliver a full range of occupational health services that anticipate and respond to the changing needs of the Constabulary.
  6. Support the Force Medical Advisor (FMA), Psychologist and Wellbeing Manager in all aspects of Occupational Health and wellbeing. Deputising for the FMA at Case conferences and other corporate meetings where appropriate.
  7. Provide occupational health case management for employees absent through ill health, liaising with other health professionals as required, making referrals to external agencies and specialists as required.
  8. Provide, interpret and present occupational health data and information including sickness absence trends, ill health retirements, medicals, fitness assessments, contract management information to ensure continuous improvement and value for money. Make appropriate recommendations to improve service delivery.
  9. Maintain a confidential records management system in compliance with statutory requirements and professional Codes of Conduct.
  10. Operate as Budget manager for the Occupational Health Unit. This includes planning, controlling, monitoring and reporting to ensure efficient use of the annual budget and negotiation and management of external contracts.
  11. Provide health screening and health surveillance programmes including Drug screening, annual fitness assessments etc.
  12. To be responsible for the coordination, provision, training and development of TISM support to all employees as required ensuring that outcomes are recorded, monitored and that specialist referrals are made as necessary.
  13. Build effective stakeholder relationships and stakeholder management practices that form the basis of positive customer relationship management with Chief Officers, Staff Association Leads and all Managers and Supervisors within the Constabulary.
  14. Undertake research work and produce full written reports with evidence and objective recommendations to meet the Constabulary’s strategic objectives.


  • Educated to a minimum of level 6 of the QCF.
  • Registered Nurse on Nursing and Midwifery Council Register with clearance to practice.
  • Diploma/Degree in Occupational Health.


  • Significant post qualification experience in an occupational Health role.
  • Significant experience in managing occupational health staff is required.
  • Significant experience of Occupational Health practice management.
  • Significant experience of budget and contract management is required.
  • Some experience of developing and implementing occupational health, fitness and wellbeing policies and procedures.

Skills and Knowledge

  • Ability to understand, interpret and apply Occupational Health Standards in a clinical practice setting.
  • Working knowledge of health and safety legislation and working practices.
  • Excellent communications skills including written, verbal and presentation are required.
  • Ability to plan, organise and plan workload for the OHU.
  • Ability to maintain an appropriate balance of employee support and organisational efficiency.
  • Negotiating and influencing skills and the ability to build relationships with clients and stakeholders.
  • A pragmatic attitude to problem solving.

Please can you attach a 2000 words Supporting Statement to your application on a Word document

Important: The information and examples provided in the supporting statement is how applicants are marked/scored as to how their examples meet the essential and desirable criteria required for the role.

Please evidence your qualifications, experience, knowledge/skills/abilities and any special request for the role in not more than 2000 words.

You will need to give a full, clear, specific and demonstrate examples of how you meet the criteria. Please make it clear which criteria you are evidencing.

It is the example you provide in the supporting statement that will determine if you are suitable for the role.

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Cheshire Constabulary is fully supportive of equality and diversity and strives to employ a workforce which is representative of the community it serves. Applicants are welcomed from all underrepresented groups and support will be made available throughout the recruitment process for all applicants. Under-represented groups include:


•Those from a Black or Minority Ethnic (BME) background, including non-visible ethnic minorities such as Czech, Slovak, Polish, and Gypsy/Traveller’s

•Individuals from the LGBT+ community

•People with disabilities

•All other characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010.

If you have any queries in relation to equality and diversity, or have a request for any additional support you may need, please email positive.action@cheshire.pnn.police.uk

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