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Communications Officer

NHS AfC: Band 6

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Communications Officer
NHS AfC: Band 6
Permanent or Fixed Term until 01/08/2019
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
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Skipton House
£28,050 - £36,644 per annum
27/08/2018 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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Please note that there are two posts:

1 x permanent

1 x fixed term (until 01/08/2019)

Communications Officer

Are you a communications professional looking for a challenging new role? Do you want to be a key part of a dynamic team working at the heart of a high profile organisation? Are you passionate about communicating the work of the NHS to the public?

As Communications Officer, you will work as part of the communications team responsible for delivering a high quality service to manage, protect and enhance the reputation of NHS England (London) by getting clear and coherent messages out through the news media and key stakeholders.

You will draft press releases, statements and briefings for senior staff and respond to media enquiries about the work of NHS England (London). You will also support the work of the wider communications team through the delivery of coordinated campaigns and evaluating the impact of our work. The successful applicant for the permanent role must have a strong interest in politics and will help research and respond to a range of stakeholder enquiries, including Parliamentary Questions, Mayor’s Questions and correspondence from MPs.

Your key responsibilities:

  • Providing proactive and reactive media handling on all aspects of the organisation’s work
  • Producing press release, statements, internal briefings and reports to the highest standard
  • Supporting individuals to prepare for interviews and press briefings
  • Delivering media strategies and action plans for promoting and managing the reputation of the organisation
  • Supporting colleagues from across the communications team to ensure effective delivery of all our activities
  • Working with colleagues in other regions and our central communications team to ensure a consistent and coherent approach
  • Maintaining excellent contacts within local, regional, national and trade media as well as with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders
  • Media monitoring and assisting with the evaluation of communications activities
  • Willing to participate in a regular out-of-hours media and emergency preparedness rota.
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Producing regular content for our Regional Director and delivering internal communications to NHS London region staff


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