Occupational Health Advisor Ref. 2806

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About Us  

We are MI5, we protect the UK from threats to national security such as terrorism and espionage. We gather intelligence and work closely with the police and law enforcement to detect threats and work out ways to stop them. 

The Role                                                 

Our in-house Occupational Health team help us to look after our most important asset – our people. Join us, and you’ll play a vital role in ensuring their wellbeing and that our teams have the support and knowledge they need to carry out their roles safely, and ultimately to help protect our country.   

In this important, varied and rewarding role you’ll engage with a variety of people from applicants to existing staff, where you’ll be advising and guiding them on Occupational Health matters.  One day you could be advising a manager on workplace adjustments, the next helping our teams shape the medical requirements for our intelligence collection teams and educating our staff on dietary and health matters. 

You won’t be expected to do this alone, as you’ll have access to a wide range of resources to support you and our people, including your peers, qualified medical professionals and professional health bodies.

We’ll support you to get the best out of yourself, and us. It’s a unique chance to use your skills for the thing that matters most – protecting people. 

About You 

You should be an experienced and qualified Occupational Health Advisor / Nurse, registered with the NMC and ideally have successfully completed and passed Level 1, or equivalent.

You’ll have excellent understanding and application of occupational health and employment legislation, alongside experience of complex case management. Using your adept organisational skills you will manage a busy caseload, to deliver a timely and efficient service to our people. 

Your excellent communication and interpersonal skills will enable you to support our people effectively with tailored advice on how to manage their health conditions in the workplace, as well as provide travel clearances, risk assessments, Health Surveillance and fitness for work medicals.  Your knowledge and experience will ensure that your advice is relevant and timely, and your recommendations will be in line with medical standards and current legislation. 

In this role your ability to analyse issues, make evidence-based decisions and provide pragmatic solutions will be key.

Collaboration sits at the heart of everything we do, so you will work alongside our well being teams, health and safety and our HR partners where necessary in order to provide the best possible service.  

Full-time and Part-time working opportunities are available.

Training and Development 

Whatever your career path, training and development are at the heart of what MI5 does, and you’ll have the opportunity to gain a variety of different skills throughout your time with us. From a wide range of courses in our internal training academy to the chance to build on your professional qualifications, we’re committed to making the most of your potential.    

Specifically for this role, you will receive in-house training and have the opportunity to study for an Occupational Health degree or Masters course should you wish to undertake further professional qualifications. We will fund this and give you study time to complete your course work do this, including offering day release.

Rewards and Benefits

You’ll receive a starting salary of £46,578 plus other benefits including:  

  • 25 Days Annual Leave automatically rising to 30 days after 5 years' service, and an additional 10.5 days public and privilege holidays.
  • Opportunities to be recognised through our employee performance scheme that is focused on professional development relevant to your role and longer-term career aspirations
  • Personal Learning Budget. 
  • Opportunities to work flexibly, subject to business needs
  • Interest-free season ticket loan
  • Excellent pension scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Facilities such as a subsidised gym and restaurant, and on-site coffee bars
  • Paid parental and adoption leave

Culture and Working Environment  

As part of our team, you’ll discover an inclusive workplace that’s welcoming, supportive and encouraging. You’ll be part of an organisation where people want to support one another and make a difference. Aside from fostering an open culture, we have a range of staff affinity groups. For example:     

  • Ethnic Minority and gender equality networks
  • Groups supporting wellbeing, mental health, neurodiversity and disability 
  • Faith/No Faith communities for staff to come together 
  • LGBTQ+ support networks

You’ll also find a variety of sports, activity, interest and social groups to help you settle in and connect with people with similar interests.  

Before You Apply

To work at MI5, you need to be a British citizen or hold dual British nationality. You can read our full eligibility criteria here.

This role requires the highest security clearance, known as Developed Vetting (DV). It’s something everyone in the UK Intelligence Community undertakes. You can find out more about the vetting process here.

Please note we have a strict drugs policy, so once you start your application, you can’t take any recreational drugs and you’ll need to declare your previous drug usage at the relevant stage.

The role is based in London so you’ll need to live within a commutable distance. Please consider any financial implications and practicalities before submitting an application. A loan is available to support people relocating.

Please note, you should only launch your application from within the UK. If you are based overseas, you should wait until you visit the UK to launch an application. Applying from outside the UK will impact on our ability to progress your application. You should not discuss your application, other than with your partner or a close family member. 

Equal Opportunities 

At MI5 diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission. To protect the UK, we need a truly diverse workforce that reflects the society we serve. This includes diversity in every sense of the word: those with different backgrounds, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, ways of thinking and those with disabilities or neurodivergent conditions. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including those from groups that are under-represented in our workforce. 

We’re Disability Confident 

MI5 are proud to have achieved Leader status within the DWP’s Disability Confident scheme.  This is aimed at encouraging employers to think differently about disability and take action to improve how they recruit, retain and develop disabled people.  Being Disability Confident, we aim to ensure that a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants that meet the minimum criteria for this position will be offered an interview where practicable; this is known as ‘Offer of an Interview’. To secure an interview for this vacancy, the minimum criteria (in order of application process) are:  

  • Passing the eligibility stage
  • Meeting essential criteria for the role at the application form stage

What to Expect

Our recruitment process is fair, transparent, and based on merit. Here is a brief overview of each stage, in order:

The first thing we will ask you to do is complete our pre-screening questions to find out if you meet our initial criteria.  

  • If you do meet these criteria, we will then ask you to fill out a full application form where you will need to create a log in and provide your full name, email address and a memorable password.
  • Our recruitment team will conduct a sift of your application and successful applicants may be invited to an online interview
  • At the interview, we will explore your motivations and ask you some competency questions to assess your suitability for the role
  • If you pass the final online interview, we may progress you to the next stage and start the vetting process, which includes a Security Interview. This interview is an important part of the selection process. It’s an interview to explore your life and experiences, and it’s not a competency or capability-based interview.

Please note, you must successfully pass each stage of the process in order to progress to the next. Your application may take around 6 - 9 months to process including vetting, so we advise you continue any current employment until you have received your final job offer. 

Our Vetting 

To work in this role you will need the highest security clearance, known as Developed Vetting (DV). It’s something everyone in the UK Intelligence Community has to go through and it can take some time. As part of the DV process you will be asked to fill in a detailed questionnaire and attend an interview with a vetting officer. In your interview the vetting officer will have a thorough, compassionate and honest discussion with you about you as a person and your life experiences, to ensure holding a DV clearance is right for you. You don’t need to do any preparation for your vetting interview, just be honest and be yourself. All applicants for DV are treated impartially and consistently, irrespective of gender, race, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation and other protected characteristics.  

Right to Withdraw Statement:   

Please be aware that we withhold the right to bring forward the closing date for this role from the original closing date once a certain number of applications have been received. Please be mindful of this and submit your application at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.  

This Program / Vacancy is closed to applications.