Head of Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Force Headquarters, Camden, London
Full Time
Only areas within Greater London are entitled to this allowance.
Up to £X amount

Head of Safety, Health and Wellbeing is required for a permanent role paying £57,223.73 per annum plus £2570 London Allowance with British Transport Police (BTP) based in Central London.

BTP is the national police Force for the rail network throughout Great Britain, including London Underground, across which we ensure the safety and security of nearly 3 billion passenger journeys and over 100 million tons of freight every year. The world in which we work is fast-paced, operationally and commercially demanding, and constantly changing. As Head of Safety, Health and Wellbeing with BTP you will oversee the work streams that deliver safety (including fire safety), health and wellbeing functions to BTP within a high risk operating environment. You will set performance standards and foster a culture of continuous improvement, escalating to the Deputy Director using a risk-based approach. The post-holder will be responsible for ensuring BTP's statutory responsibilities relating to the function are achieved minimising reputational and enforcement risk.


As Head of Safety, Health and Wellbeing you will be required to:

  • Act as the SME for the Health and Wellbeing and Safety Units, optimising their performance with a focus on continuous improvement, customer service and statutory compliance.
  • Lead development, implementation and oversee the monitoring of an integrated audit strategy and assurance framework for health and safety in line with legislation, reporting into the Central Health and Safety Committee (CHSC) and Audit and Risk Committee.
  • Lead engagement with external occupational health, psychological services, employee assistance programme, physiotherapy and health and safety contract providers. Ensure that the required procurement frameworks yield competitively priced services with are value for money, customer focused and sustainable.
  • Lead the operational Sub-Bronze for the function and BTP in major/critical incidents, ensuring appropriate liaison with the Health and Safety Executive/ Office of Rail and Road/ Rail Accident Investigation Branch, Coroners and other relevant parties. You will provide support, expert advice and guidance in such incidents.
  • Lead on BTP's provision of operational clinical governance activities ensuring officers' first aid and other training provision reflects current resuscitation and trauma techniques in accordance with College of Policing protocols.
  • Review high risk sensitive cases with senior colleagues ensuring the department's input into decisions regarding termination of employment is medically evidenced. Lead on the forces adoption of additional PTSD interventions to minimise the impact on operational efficiency.


The successful Head of Safety, Health and Wellbeing must be able to evidence the following skills:

  • Senior management experience of working within a complex operating environment, leading health and safety and occupational health professionals.
  • Be professional, persuasive and influential. Demonstrate the ability to command the confidence in senior managers, employees, trade unions and other stakeholders.
  • MSc in Occupational Health and Safety Management or similar post graduate level qualifications from an Institute of Occupational Health and Safety recognised institution.

Further information on requirements for this role can be found in the attached job description.

 If you are interested in applying to this Head of Safety, Health and Wellbeing role then please do not delay as interviews will be held as soon as appropriate candidates are highlighted. In return for your experience, we can offer you:

  • Salary £57,223.73 per annum plus £2570 London Allowance
  • 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Final salary pension scheme
  • Other benefits include various salary sacrifice schemes


To apply, we ask you to please submit your CV and a Covering Letter (as one document) which you will upload during your application. Please contact the BTP recruitment team with any questions whatsoever about this recruitment process. We kindly ask recruitment agencies not to send CVs. If CVs are received, we reserve the right to engage with the candidate directly without a fee being paid under any circumstances.

Please note, we are looking to interview candidates on Friday 27th September or Monday 30th September.


We want our organisation to be as diverse as the community it serves and welcome applicants from all sections of the community. In order to apply, you must have the permanent right to live and work in the UK and have been resident in the UK for the previous 3 years. You will be asked these and other questions to determine your eligibility to work for British Transport Police when you start your application and you must answer honestly.