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Human Resources

Wellbeing Advisor – HMP Bedford (fixed term) – 62787
£27,697 – £31,176


We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit:

Overview of the job

The post holder will be establishment based and report to the Head of Business Assurance. 

The post holder will be responsible for implementing and supporting an over-arching Wellbeing Framework. 

This is a non-operational role with no line management responsibility.


The post holder will be responsible for providing advice and guidance to Governors, Senior Leaders and Line Managers to ensure effective wellbeing practices are implemented, supporting all staff within the establishment. 

The post requires collaboration with internal and external stakeholders, ensuring a cohesive approach to staff wellbeing, encapsulating existing and new wellbeing initiatives and processes. 

The post holder will be required to upskill and maintain current knowledge relating to specific areas and update strategic plans accordingly.

Responsibilities, Activities and Duties

The post holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities, and duties:

·        Be responsible for driving improvements in local wellbeing activity through the coordination of the local Wellbeing Committee

·        Ensure TRiM, Mental Health Allies and the Care Team work collaboratively to support staff.

·        Post Incident Care – Work collaboratively with Safer Custody colleagues and stakeholders to ensure that timely and appropriate support is in place

·        Coordination of Wellbeing events, promotion and activities as per a locally published Wellbeing calendar

·        Contribute to the Supporting Each Other Framework by delivering a local Wellbeing Induction to new starters.

·        Work with managers to improve the Wellbeing of staff in their work areas including the delivery of Wellbeing awareness sessions

·        Engage with HR Performance Manager to actively contribute to Wellbeing Health Checks to drive improvement in Wellbeing

·        Coordinate/Disseminate local Reflective sessions; or alternative local supervision model

·        Be the point of contact to provide specialist advice in relation to staff absences or concerns relating to Mental Health, to include promoting external support.

·        Work collaboratively with stakeholders to deliver the fitness testing programme

·        Work with internal stakeholders to improve the wellbeing of staff (Staff Fitness Team, National Staff Support Leads, MOJ People Group, Health & Safety, D&I)

·        Work with external stakeholder to improve the wellbeing of staff (for example OH, EAP, Charity for Civil Servants).

·        Provide regular communications within establishments on national, regional and local wellbeing initiatives including Disability Passports, Carers Passport, Menopause Framework

·        Identify and share good practice across the region.

·        Work with relevant stakeholders to ensure joined up effective working practice. 

The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present and is not intended to be exhaustive. The job holder is expected to accept reasonable alterations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary. Significant adjustments may require re-examination under the Job Evaluation Scheme and shall be discussed in the first instance with the job holder. 

An ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence through the medium of English.


·        Making Effective Decisions

·        Delivering at Pace

·        Communicating and Influencing

·        Developing Self & Others

·        Working Together

·        Managing a Quality Service


·       Excellent communication skills

·        Strong organisational skills, planning and attention to detail


·        Proficient in the use of MS Word and MS Excel


£27,697 - £31,176

Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information

The MoJ offers Hybrid Working arrangements where business need allows. This is an informal, non-contractual form of flexible working that blends working from your base location, different MoJ sites and / or from home (please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas). Some roles will not be suitable for Hybrid Working. Similarly, Hybrid Working will not suit everyone’s circumstances. Arrangements will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) and subject to regular review.

For nationally advertised roles, the successful candidate(s) will be appointed to a MoJ office location, which may include their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed on the completion of pre-employment checks.

Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on ‘modernised’ terms in their current post or onto ‘unmodernised’ MoJ terms if they are on ‘unmodernised’ terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Standard working hours for this post are 37 hours per week excluding breaks which are unpaid.

If you are a current NPS employee, this vacancy may be available on a Loan basis for up to 2 years. Applications are invited from suitable qualified staff.

The Loan/Secondment is subject to the approval of the selected candidate’s Business Unit, which should be obtained before confirmation of appointment.


Annual Leave

-The holiday year runs from 1 March. If you work a non standard work pattern your leave entitlement may be expressed in either hours or days as appropriate. Leave entitlement is calculated on a pro-rata basis and you will be advised of your actual entitlement on appointment. If you were appointed internally and your leave was previously calculated in days, this will continue to be the case.

Bank, Public and Privilege Holidays

-You are entitled to 9 days (66 hours 36 minutes) in recognition of bank, public and privilege holidays. These hours are added to your annual leave allowance. There is a requirement to work some public and bank holidays subject to your shift pattern and the operational needs of the establishment


-The Civil Service offers a choice of two pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.

Work Life Balance

HM Prison & Probation Service  (HMPPS) is keen to encourage alternative working arrangements. Work life balance provides greater opportunities for staff to work more flexibly wherever managers and establishments can accommodate requests to do so. HMPPS offers flexible working subject to completion of a satisfactory probationary period and NVQ

Season Ticket Advance

-After two months’ service, you’ll be eligible to apply for a season ticket advance to purchase a quarterly or longer-period season ticket for travel between home and your place of work

Childcare Vouchers

For any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers


HMPPS is committed to staff development and offers a range of training and development opportunities, including areas such as Equality and Diversity, Dealing with Challenging Behaviour, Suicide Prevention and Anti Bullying Programmes

-There are opportunities to access promotion programmes and HMPPS provides a variety of training appropriate to individual posts

-All staff receive security and diversity training and an individual induction programme into their new roles


-All candidates are subject to security and identity checks prior to taking up post

-All external candidates are subject to 6 months probation. Internal candidates are subject to probation if they have not already served a probationary period within HMPPS

-All staff are required to declare whether they are a member of a group or organisation which the HMPPS considers to be racist

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident employer, MoJ are committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities, by making adjustments throughout all elements of the recruitment process and in the workplace. MoJ are able to offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns.

You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. If you need additional help completing the application form, please contact the SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team.

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: