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Press Office Support

NHS AfC: Band 5

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NHS AfC: Band 5
Fixed Term/Secondment until 31st March 2020
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
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Skipton House
£23,023 - £29,608 per annum
21/02/2019 23:59

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 national media team. The recent Government announcement of additional funding for the NHS means we can plan to make the NHS fit for the future for patients, their families and our staff.

The NHS Long Term Plan will make sure the NHS has a bright future ahead of it. We know that families work hard to pay their taxes and that’s why we will make sure every penny is invested on the things that that matter most, from providing high quality lifesaving treatment and care for our patients and their families, to reducing pressure on our hard working NHS staff and investing in exciting new technologies.

You’ll play a key role in a fast paced environment and act as first point of contact for one of the country’s busiest press offices. You will help handle issues that really matter such as GPs, hospitals, mental health, cancer care and diabetes prevention and you’ll be joining at a pivotal moment as the NHS develops a long- term plan for the health service.

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

We will support you to take the next step in your career working as part of a dynamic team responding quickly and effectively to high volumes of media enquiries and contributing to great coverage through creative ideas.

You will play an important role in supporting our team - taking on tasks such as managing the media team inbox, daily media monitoring as well as working closely with the @NHS team, help drafting media materials, carrying out research and contributing to effective information management and key administrative tasks.

In particular the post holder will:

  • Mainly support the Media and Stakeholder team that sits within the Communications team
  • Be responsible for daily media monitoring across all platforms and act as the gatekeeper to the NHS England media inbox -  effectively and efficiently triaging media enquiries 
  • Support the curation of the @NHS70 Twitter account each week.
  • Carry out web based and publications research and communicate information and issues, including briefings and reports in an accurate, effective and timely manner, both internally and externally.
  • Provide high quality project, service, initiative and administrative support, including information and analysis
  • Be required to maintain constructive relationships with a broad range of stakeholders
  • Support the implementation of projects and tasks, develop and maintain databases and administrative resources as well as organising meetings or events.

Interviews to be held possibly Wednesday 6th or Thursday 7th March 2019

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