Human resources (HR) manager

Human resource (HR) management includes the overall responsibility for recruitment, selection, appraisal, staff development and training, understanding and implementing employment legislation and welfare.

You may responsibility for a specific group of staff such as all medical staff working in an organisation.

Working life

As an HR manager, you may have responsibility for workforce planning or work for one or more directorates (eg surgery, day care or accident and emergency) where you will provide HR support and advice to the general manager responsible for that directorate. This might involve:

Some senior HR managers will have broad areas of responsibility, such as:

Roles in human resource management

There are a variety of job roles and job titles in this area of management. Here are some examples of job roles.

Human resources manager

You could be working in a specialist trust providing mental health services for adults, older people, children and adolescents and also substance misuse and specialist learning disabilities.

In this type of role, you would take a lead role in the trusts human resources agenda and lead on specific corporate HR objectives. You could be responsible for the:

Medical staffing manager

Working in a hospital NHS trust, you’d typically have responsibility for all medical staff working within the trust, with the exception of medical students. This would include responsibility for:

You’d advise and support medical staff on HR-related issues and could be involved with the international recruitment of medical staff, workforce planning and the European Working Time Directive.

Assistant director of human resources (workforce development)

In this example, you’d lead the trust's development and implementation of a comprehensive training and development plan working in partnership with areas of the trust also delivering education. Delivery of the plan would involve liaison with partner organisations across the region. Key elements of such a post would be:

Divisional human resources manager

Here, you’d be one of four HR managers working within a university hospitals' NHS trust providing strategic development and leadership support. You’d be managing a team of 16 and manage a budget of over £700,000. You’d be expected to ensure that there was excellent communication between colleagues.

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