Accountable for the initial and ongoing support of staff, Human Resources (HR) professionals are important to the NHS. Responsibilities will vary subject to location, but NHS HR staff take care of the people who provide treatment for the nation.
An HR role will require a close working relationship with staff across every department. This can include the recruitment process and helping new starters, but doesn’t end after the opening stage. Planning training sessions and monitoring the progress of employees is a main responsibility. Regular appraisal meetings are a crucial element of this and play a major part in staff retention. HR experts are expected to support employees, who may have concerns about their welfare, require legal advice, wish to discuss their salary or have other queries.
The NHS needs an organised Human Resources department in order to function effectively. Staff morale is a chief concern and this could soon decline without the support of HR. Because of this significance, working within the NHS’s HR usually requires qualifications recognised by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, but these can be worked towards following employment.
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