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Media Relations Advisor

NHS AfC: Band 7

Main area
Communications
Grade
NHS AfC: Band 7
Contract
Secondment until 30th November 2019
Hours
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
990-NHSE11440C
Site
Skipton House
Town
London
Salary
£33,222 - £43,041 per annum
Closing
25/11/2018 23:59
Interview date
11/12/2018

NHS England leads the NHS in England, setting the priorities and direction of the NHS and informing the national debate to improve health and care. We strongly believe in health and high quality care for all, now and for future generations and want everyone to have greater control of their health and wellbeing, and to be supported to live longer, healthier lives by high quality health and care services that are compassionate, inclusive and constantly-improving.

NHS England shares out more than £100 billion in funds and holds organisations to account for their spending. Our work involves the commissioning of health care services in England, and we support local health services that are led by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). We have devised and are delivering a strategic vision for the NHS, along with our partners in health, called the Five Year Forward View.

If the advertised role is based in London on an Agenda for Change Pay Band, it will attract a High Cost Area supplement. This supplement is not applicable to Executive or Senior Manager or Medical Leader positions. For positions offered on a part time basis, salary and any allowances will be adjusted pro rata.

We will not accept applications for this position by CV or via recruitment agencies.

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This is an exciting opportunity to join NHS England’s Communications Team as a Media Relations Advisor. The recent Government announcement of additional funding for the NHS means we can now face the immediate future with renewed certainty; able to plan for the next five years confident of guaranteed budget increases.

The NHS is now working on a long-term plan for the future of the service, setting out our ambitions for improvement over the next decade, and our plans to meet them over the five years of the funding settlement and this is your chance to be part of that team.   

You will be a key member of NHS England’s communications team, working to inform and explain its work to the public and a range of stakeholders by carrying out high-quality media relations work.

Dealing with national print, broadcast, online, trade and local media in one of the country’s busiest press offices, you will help the team to manage, protect and enhance the reputation of NHS England and the wider health system by promoting clear and coherent media messages that reflect NHS England’s corporate priorities, and by responding effectively to media enquiries.

We are looking for someone who has a passion for media and a keen interest in the NHS. You will have proven communications experience in a fast-paced environment, ideally with a background in journalism or a parliamentary role, and be able to demonstrate excellent writing and people skills and have a good understanding of social media.

In particular the post-holder will:

  • Lead activity for nominated subject portfolio areas on behalf of the team, providing a reactive and proactive media relations service, ensure that related tasks and projects are planned, managed and delivered effectively.
  • Provide strategic and tactical input into communications activity in these areas and into the wider work of the media relations and public affairs teams.
  • Monitor and regularly evaluate NHS England’s communications activities including methods and results.
  • Contribute to strategic planning making adjustments as necessary and horizon scanning to identify potential threats, risks, issues and opportunities,
  • Ensure accurate and open communication and co-ordination with a range of organisations and media outlets; researching and drafting written material (including press releases, statements and briefing notes).
  • Monitor the media routinely to identify issues arising for NHS England and develop responses.
  • Developing and implementing media strategies and taking part with 24 hour press officer duty rota
  • Ensure the management of specific tasks, lead reporting and analysis across a range of specialties, functions and projects.
  • Serve as a key member of the team, supporting effective communication and management of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Work to tight deadlines, logging media enquiries, responses and press releases on a media database.

This is a secondment opportunity until 30th October 2019.

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 11th December 2018.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Anna Macarthur - a.macarthur@nhs.net