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Occupational Health Advisor - part time

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Date: 05-Jul-2022

Location: Moreton (Wirral), GB

Company: Premier Foods

A great British food company 

Premier Foods is one of Britain’s biggest listed food companies, employing over 4,000 colleagues at 15 manufacturing sites and offices up and down the country.

Many of our brands have been part of UK life for more than a century and you’ll find them in 94% of British households.

At Premier foods we believe in inclusion, authenticity and individuality. We aim to ensure all existing and potential colleagues are given equitable opportunities and are respected, valued and encouraged to bring their true authentic selves to work no matter who they are, what they look like, who they love or what they believe in. Our culture is one where everyone is welcome. 


Occupational Health Advisor 

Part time, permanent - 32 hours over 3 or 4 days 

Based in Moreton (Wirral)


Role purpose:

To provide a quality service that protects, promotes, and enhances the health of all employees at work – an integral part of the business working in partnership with HR & Operational teams. The role holder will take the lead in developing the site wellbeing programme in collaboration with the Senior Leadership Team.


What you'll be doing:

Health Surveillance

  • Manage the Occupational Health Technician in delivering health surveillance and screening for the site at pre-employment, routine health screens, (on return to work after absence – where applicable) and for agency workers (where applicable)
  • Provide medical advice regarding employees’ capability and fitness to perform their job role through the management referral process.
  • Update, maintain, review and audit medical records
  • Advise and introduce best practice and keep up to date with Occupational Health activities
  • Assess fitness to work on pre-employment, post sickness absence and post accident
  • Provide a referral service for employees to seek advice and treatment from company funded physiotherapist and Employee Assistance Programmes.

Occupational Health Management

  • Take proactive steps to manage long term absence in partnership with HR and Operations.
  • To provide advice/support to employers on complex matters which facilitate an employee's rehabilitation back to work after a period of sick absence
  • Provide monthly reporting on absence and health surveillance to head office and site.
  • Work with Operations to risk assess adjustments needed for roles to ensure that employees can work safely and without risks to health
  • Work to the required high standards to ensure adherence to clinical protocols, procedures and processes.
  • Take responsibility for daily people management of the Occupational Health Technician including coaching, mentoring and development needs.
  • To ensure the Occupational Health service delivery and co-ordination of administration processes, are implemented accordingly.
  • Provide when necessary medical reports to assess an employee’s capability

Occupational Health Promotion & Wellbeing

  • Develop, manage, and deliver health promotional activities in-line with the site/group strategic wellbeing programme

    Attend Occupational Health team meetings as required, which may include travel to other Premier Foods sites across the country.


  • Support the structure, culture, and behavioural values of Occupational Health to ensure that the factory is provided with adequate and timely support.
  • Be able to communicate effectively and confidently to all levels of colleagues within Premier Foods and be capable of maintaining professional communication with medical professionals, suppliers, contractors, and customers outside the business.
  • Maintain effective dialogue with external stakeholders including local GP practices, NHS, company funded services, Consultants, and medical secretaries.


What we need from you:



  • Registered General Nurse
  • Health surveillance/ screening experience
  • Clinical competence (diagnosis, treatment and first aid)
  • Health promotion (planning, practice and evaluation)
  • Health assessment (pre-employment and post-sickness)
  • Rehabilitation and re-settlement
  • Data collection and trend identification
  • Time management and priority setting
  • Co-operation and team-working
  • IT literate – be proficient in the use of MS Office applications – Word, Excel, PowerPoint.



  • Degree in Occupational Health or equivalent
  • A minimum of two years’ experience in providing Occupational Health services
  • Experience of working in a food manufacturing environment
  • A qualification in Counselling
  • Vaccination administration
  • Presentation skills
  • Working knowledge of ISO approved policies and procedures to ensure that quality and compliance is always maintained


What we offer you in return:

  • Competitive salary
  • Up to 7.5% pension
  • Life assurance
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • 25 days holiday (pro rata'd for part time hours)
  • Wide range of online and in-house training
  • Access to an employee discount scheme, with access to hundreds of nationwide retailers
  • Free onsite parking