Senior Health and Safety Advisor

Posted 09 Jul 2024

Coventry City Council

Coventry (Human Resources)

Job Type:permanentDuration:
Category:Human ResourcesRecruiter Reference:coventrycc/TP/66387/9888
URL for Applications:Apply HereSalary:£36648 - £43421

We value diverse perspectives and experiences and are striving to create a workplace culture that is inclusive, is accepting of all and is free from discrimination and bias.

The Occupational Health, Safety & Wellbeing Service provides the necessary professional expertise to help managers and employees to maintain a healthy and safe working environment, providing a quality, equality focused service. 

The service is staffed by a team of qualified, professional nurses, ergonomists, medical officers, counsellors and health and safety officers who are members of their respective professional bodies, i.e. the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the General Medical Council and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).  They are supported by an integrated administration team. 

The Occupational Health Service aims to support the organisation in establishing and maintaining physical and mental wellbeing in the work force in the following ways:

  • To provide managers and employees with practical, independent advice on health issues 
  • To help to prevent work related ill health 
  • To ensure compliance with relevant occupational health legislation 

The core services it provides are: 

  • Pre-employment medical clearance 
  • Health assessments  
  • Health surveillance 
  • First aid management 

The Health and Safety Service aims are:

  • To support, guide and advise the Council in meeting statutory requirements to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of employees, service users and visitors involved in, or affected by, Council activities  
  • To promote a positive safety culture throughout the Authority, ensuring a safe and healthy environment for all
  • To provide commitment and a service that is responsive, customer-focused and supportive  

The core services it provides are: 

  • Audit, inspection and monitoring 
  • Accident and incident monitoring and investigation 
  • Health and safety training 
  • Health and safety advice 

The Counselling Service aims are:

  • To offer confidential support to all employees of Coventry City Council and other external agencies 
  • To help improve mental wellbeing throughout the organisation 

The core services it provides are: 

  • Counselling (face to face and telephone)  
  • Trauma interventions  
  • Group therapy 
  • Wellbeing events 
  • Mediation 
  • Wellbeing training 

Our service offers excellent opportunities for personal and professional development, whether you are experienced in your field of work or wish to gain further experience. 

You will be working with a successful and friendly team of professionals who will provide help and support, facilitating and enhancing learning and development opportunities.

Our Values

In line with our One Coventry Values we strive to have a workforce that reflects our local communities and welcome applicants from all sections of the community. We particularly welcome applicants from minority ethnic backgrounds, applicants who have a disability and applicants who are from the LGBTQ+ community to apply for our senior leadership roles. 

Our Values are:

  • Open and fair: We are fair, open, and transparent.
  • Nurture and develop: We help and encourage everyone to be their best and do their best.
  • Engage and empower: We talk and listen to others, working together as one.
  • Create and innovate: We embrace new ways of working to continuously improve.
  • Own and be accountable: We work together to deliver the best services for our residents.
  • Value and respect: We put diversity and inclusion at the heart of all we do.

The Image “Our Values” is an image of text. It is a logotype for our One Coventry Values - Open and fair, Nurture and develop, Engage and empower, Create and innovate, Own and be accountable, Value and respect

What is the job role?

We seek a pragmatic, enthusiastic, and persuasive team player, able to source solutions and provide practical advice, guidance and support for elected members, partners, management board and employees delivering a full range of local authority services across Coventry.

In return we offer variety, challenge, continuing professional development, peer support and competitive remuneration.

For more information please see attached Job Description & Person Specification 

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Who are we looking for?

You will need:

  • Minimum - NEBOSH Diploma in Health and Safety
  • Minimum - 3 years’ experience

Along with a thorough understanding of:

  • Health and Safety legislation and its practical application.
  • Effective Health & Safety Management Systems/techniques.
  • A proven track record of providing professional, technical and
    • practical health and safety advice to all levels of an   
    • organisation
  • Experience in undertaking inspections, audits, accident investigations, risk assessments and delivering H&S training.
  • Sound knowledge and appreciation of political processes and current issues facing local government.
  • Be able to integrate into a team of experienced professionals and contribute to the provision of a wide variety of services to both internal and external customers.
  • Be able to influence and communicate effectively with Directors and senior managers, employees and trade union safety representatives, providing sound professional advice and support and skills and knowledge transfer.
  • Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Office 365 etc.)

Should you wish to discuss the role please contact: Raj Joshi (02476972449)

If you need help or support to complete your application, please visit our accessibility page to see how we can assist you.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme - As part of our commitment to inclusion, we offer guaranteed interviews for specific groups of people. To qualify, you'll need to meet the minimum requirements for the role and identify with one of the below criteria:

  • Members of the Armed Forces and veterans
  • Are currently in care or have previously been in care
  • If you consider yourself to be disabled or if you have a long-term health condition

For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'. If there is any evidence of a candidate using AI to complete their application, then the application will be rejected unless the candidate can provide a justification which the Council considers to be reasonable.

Interview date(s): Week beginning 5th August 2024.

About Coventry

Coventry has a proud, innovative and creative spirit that throughout its history has seen communities come together to tackle problems and bring about real social change.

We are cutting-edge, challenging, youthful, vibrant and diverse.

At Coventry we are committed to excellence in everything we do. With around 5100 staff from a range of different backgrounds, our aim is to recruit and develop talented people who will focus on our customers, take responsibility, work together and find better ways of doing things.

To deliver the best services to our residents, we need the best people working for us to make a difference to our communities.

If you join us, we will provide a fantastic rewards and benefits package - to find out more please visit

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