Bolton Health: Case Worker/Branch Development Officer

Bolton Health

Job Title: Case Worker/Branch Development Officer

                                      (24 months Bolton-based)

Salary: £32,000 per annum – 22.5 hours Pro Rata – Flexible hours

Unison’s Bolton Healthcare Branch is currently recruiting a Case Worker/Branch Development Officer to support members in core and outsourced employers across the Bolton area. Successful candidates will bring their experience and skills in assisting the Branch to recruit, map membership density, develop new activists and drive forward our campaigning work as well as undertaking individual casework.

The successful candidate will be an experienced team player, have good communication and time management skills, including the ability to organise your own workload and effectively manage your priorities. You will need to undertake a range of development and casework duties to support our members and activists including often working to tight deadlines and being responsible for updating and maintaining accurate and confidential records.

About the Role:

The Case Worker/Branch Development Officer post is for a 24 month period. The successful candidate will work across the footprint of UNISON Bolton Healthcare Branch within the ancilliary employers in the public, private and voluntary sectors in which members of the Branch work. Amongst other duties commensurate with the job description, the role will be to primarily to assist the branch with:

- Providing quality representation at disciplinary, grievance, sickness absence meetings and other aspects of membership representation as instructed by the Branch Secretary, Officers and Branch Adminstrator.

- Building sustainable union organisation, including through the recruitment of members and the recruitment, training and development of stewards. This will include mentoring and shadowing stewards with casework/preparation and organising/campaigning activity

- The strategic development and execution of the branch’s core campaigns in line with the branch’s collective bargaining priorities

- Building union capacity, recognition and collective bargaining in employers where UNISON does not

currently have established recognition arrangements, including in the private and voluntary sectors.

- Supporting branch communications, newsletter, social media.

- Undertaking individual and collective casework to support members in public, private and voluntary sector employers

Set up and support Forums for Disabled, Black members, Womens groups and liase with link Unison Rep who would be point of contact for that Forum.

The post holder will ultimately be responsible to the UNISON Bolton Healthcare Branch Secretary

Predominantly the post holder will work within normal operating hours Monday to Friday. However, flexibility is essential and primarily needs to meet the requirements of the Branch. You will need to be prepared to travel within and across the Bolton area in order to meet various employers at their Head Offices or other affiliated establishments. It is desirable that the appointed person has their own transport.

To undertake this role you must have good interpersonal and IT skills, excellent administrative and organisational skills and a good understanding and knowledge of the trade union movement, and healthcare. 

The successful candidate will bring their experience and skills in one to one representation, communications, recruitment, organising and campaigning.

Previous experience of representation, as a recruiter, organiser and campaigner within a TU branch or within a similar organisation is essential.

The Case Worker/Branch Development Officer must have a clear understanding of equalities and how to increase participation in a member based organisation using different media platforms to raise UNISON’S profile.

They will be highly focused on building the organisation and providing member satisfaction with the service provided. They will have enthusiasm and commitment which motivates lay activists, new stewards members and potential members.

How to apply:

To apply for this opportunity, please send an expression of interest by completing the attached Application for Employment and returning to:-

Miss Linda Miller, Branch Secretary.  Unison Bolton Health.  Royal Bolton Hospital, Minerva Road, Farnworth, Bolton BL4 0JR.

Also email applications to [email protected]

You should clearly state how you believe you meet the criteria in this job advertisement as well as including practical examples


INTERVIEW DATE AND DEADLINE – Monday 25th October, 2021 week commencing


Full job description and person spec can be found here.

Application form can be found here.

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