HSE jobs – Medical Advisor

  • Introduction
  • Job responsibilities
  • Attributes required
  • How to apply


HSE employs a very diverse range of occupational health professionals working alongside our small core team of specialist occupational physicians, which we now wish to grow. The key role of HSE’s doctors is to inform and drive forward our health policy and occupational health strategy, applying their deep clinical expertise and practical experience where it can have the greatest impact and add most value in our mission to safeguard the health of people at work.

The challenges facing HSE as a regulator of health at work are huge and we need our doctors to be visible, responsive and influential in working with other stakeholders. Our Medical Advisors will play a key role in enabling HSE to influence the occupational health agenda and to shape the way that different organisations – including our own – work together to improve occupational health.

If you would like to influence HSE’s role within the wider system of occupational health provision then this Medical Advisor position will provide ample opportunity. You will grow your personal and professional networks and develop your understanding of how HSE works with its partners to secure the delivery of HSE’s strategy. You will develop expertise on regulatory issues and acquire a thorough practical knowledge of HSE’s processes and procedures, including our enforcement policy, enforcement management model, specialist peer review and case management systems.

These roles could suit occupational physicians wishing to work part-time in order to continue clinical practice, providing that any other work undertaken does not constitute a conflict of interest with work for HSE.

Job responsibilities

Using your medical specialist expertise, you will:

  • Support the development, planning and delivery of HSE’s strategic health initiatives, including working on priority issues with both internal and external stakeholders;
  • Lead a defined occupational medicine portfolio in priority sectors / topics, involving:
    • Gathering, analysing, interpreting and utilising medical intelligence;
    • Developing our evidence base and providing expert medical advice on occupational health issues;
    • Supporting the development and revision of regulations and guidance ;
    • Providing investigation and enforcement support to operational inspectors, acting as an expert witness in investigations where necessary;
    • Educating inspectors and other HSE staff, to raise their awareness and understanding of occupational health and of circumstances that need specialist or medical input;
    • Influencing and learning from a wide range of industry and professional stakeholders;
    • Supporting the delivery of HSE interventions, ensuring that they re properly targeted, technically sound, deliverable, and effective in terms of outcomes.

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 and workers, and at the most senior levels within organisations. You will need:

  • The ability to create positive, professional and trusting working relationships that will equip you to confidently engage with and influence both colleagues and organisations – those we work with as well as those we regulate;
  • The ability to see the bigger picture of how your role fits with our strategic objectives in order to focus your contribution on activities that will deliver the greatest value;
  • Sound judgment, showing clarity of thought and good analytical skills to evaluate options and arrive at well-reasoned decisions based on evidence and expertise;
  • Good organisation, prioritisation and planning skills to manage your time, activities and workload, providing high quality, efficient and effective service delivery;

Essential criteria:

You will be a licensed, practising occupational physician who meets GMC requirements and is medically qualified in an appropriate medical specialty (e.g. occupational medicine). You will need to undertake GMC revalidation and appraisal in order to retain your fitness to practice. If you retain other positions outside HSE in addition to this role you will need to satisfy HSE that any potential conflicts of interest can be appropriately managed.

For an informal and confidential discussion about this role please contact Lee Kenny on 0114 291 2351 or e-mail at lee.kenny@hse.gsi.gov.uk, or Dil Sen on 0151 951 4555 or e-mail at dil.sen@hse.gsi.gov.uk.

How to apply

Apply for this role via the Civil Service on-line recruitment system, Civil Service Jobs. Please ensure you include your CV and a covering letter with your application. Your cover letter must not exceed two sides of A4 (font size 10) and should include brief examples to demonstrate how your skills and experience fit the attributes required for the job role.

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: Linda Burton on 0151 951 3737 or email linda.burton@hse.gsi.gov.uk.

Article source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/careers/csead-b2-medical-advisor.htm