HR Advisor

Contract: Full time, 37.5 hours per week.
Salary: £31,500 per year
Location: Based at Little Havens with hybrid working across both sites.
Closing Date: May 31, 2022

At Havens Hospices, we are passionate about caring for children, young people and adults with complex or incurable conditions. Our specialist Care Teams can support them and their family living throughout illness, death and bereavement, in the comfort of their own home and through our hospice services.

As a HR Advisor you will be actively supporting the operation of the Charity by providing professional HR advice and support as a core element of an effective and professional HR service across our entire staff group.

Although you may not be giving direct care to our families, this role will have a direct effect on our palliative and supportive care. By making the most of every day you work at Havens Hospices you’ll be ‘Making every day count’ for those who need us most.

Main responsibilities for this role include providing day to day HR advice and support (including employee relations) on a range of matters. This will include helping our service to be innovative, efficient and supportive and you will have various opportunities to be involved in a wide range of projects over the next few years.

You will bring:

  • Experience as an HR Advisor
  • CIPD Qualification (Desirable) or willingness to study towards one
  • Knowledge of employee relations matters and supporting managers
  • Sound grasp of current HR and related issues and ability to demonstrate how that knowledge is informed and kept up to date

As an employer Havens is committed to Fairness, Respect, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement.  It is at the heart of everything we do: as a care provider, an employer and a place to volunteer.

As an organisation, we’re committed to having an inclusive working environment that respects and welcomes people from all backgrounds and abilities. In order to create this environment, we are committed to FREDIE and Quality Improvement initiatives. Quality Improvement is intended to support us all in our dual responsibilities of maintaining quality of care, and continuously improving care, so we are always striving for the best.

For an informal chat about this role please contact Leah Knowles on or email

Full job specification

Key responsibilities:

  • To provide professional advice and support to the organisation, managers and staff on matters such as terms and conditions, employee relations issues and HR policies and procedures escalating to the HR Manager as necessary.
  • To provide guidance and advice to employees on queries in relation to their employment, including pay, benefits, conditions of service and to advise on their maternity, paternity and adoption rights.
  • Pro-actively supporting the recruitment and selection and on-boarding process. Working towards improving recruitment processes and communication in order to improve the effectiveness of the candidate experience and service to managers, employees and other key stakeholders.
  • Co-ordinating employee relations activities such as grievance and disciplinary hearings and performance management meetings to ensure the smooth running of the process and to bring about effective resolution.
  • Coach and advise line managers on the full range of HR matters.
  • Co-ordinate and engage with external parties (including occupational health, recruitment consultants, trade union partners and employment specialists) as necessary on the full range of HR Matters.

Benefits for you:

  • 33 days annual leave (pro-rata) rising to 38 days with length of service (Including Bank Holidays)
  • Salary sacrifice scheme for pension and annual leave purchase
  • Competitive pension schemes and NHS pension for continuing members
  • Learning and Development team committed to personal and professional development, offering a number of education opportunities
  • Life Assurance
  • Employee referral bonus
  • Employee assistance Programme.
  • Wellbeing sessions (monthly)