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Communications Manager

NHS AfC: Band 7

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NHS AfC: Band 7
Full Time 37.5 hour per week
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Skipton House, London
£37,570 - £43,772 per annum
28/08/2019 23:59

Our Organisation

NHS England and NHS Improvement came together on 1 April 2019 as a new single organisation. The NHS Long Term Plan focuses on delivering integrated care to patients at the local level and we can best support the NHS to deliver this as a single integrated organisation.

Our new operating model represents a strong shift to regional delivery supported by expert corporate teams. ​ Local health systems are supported by our integrated regional teams who play a major leadership role in the geographies they manage.

We are jointly committed to creating and maintaining a fair and supportive working environment and culture, where contributions are fully recognised and valued by all and staff feel empowered to carry out their duties to the best of their abilities. As employers we are committed to promoting and protecting the physical and mental health and well-being of all our staff. This underpins our values as set out in the NHS Constitution, supports us to be an Employer of Choice and ultimately enables our employees to support the effective care of our patients.

Genomic Medicine has the potential to transform patient care in the NHS. It can
predict the likelihood of developing a disease or condition so preventative actions
can be taken. It can give patients a faster and more accurate diagnosis so
treatments can be personalised. And, it can enable clinicians to more accurately
predict the course of disease so the most appropriate treatments, with fewer side
effects, can be offered.
The Genomics Unit in NHS England and NHS Improvement has been set up,
building on the successes of the 100,000 Genomes project, to lead the delivery of
the NHS Long Term Plan commitments around genomics and to embed genomic
medicine into routine NHS care through establishing a new NHS Genomic Medicine
Service. Starting later this year, we will begin offering all children with cancer whole
genome sequencing to enable more comprehensive and precise diagnosis, and
access to more personalised treatments. By 2023 we expect all people newly
diagnosed with cancer to have access to these tests – over 100,000 people each
Within the next two years genomic testing will be expanded to all those who have
inherited a high risk of developing disease and genomic testing will be available for
known drug combinations associated with adverse reactions.
This will all contribute to the Government’s ambition to sequence five million
genomes by 2024, maintaining the UKs position as a global leader in the field of
The Unit is now looking to recruit an experienced and enthusiastic communications
manager, working with the Head of Communications and Engagement for genomics.
Key priorities will be to:
 develop a strong communications network across the NHS Genomics Laboratory
Hubs and the NHS Genomic Medicine Centres – proactively identifying good
practice, sharing positive stories, disseminating information about genomics
quickly and accurately across the system through newsletters, blogs, social
media and events;
 co-produce a range of digital and printed communications materials for patients
and the public explaining what genomics is, what it can do and how patient data
will be managed securely;
 work with the media and public affairs team to proactively identify good news
stories celebrating the work of genomics across the NHS and the benefits it can
bring to patients and society;
 support a programme of training and education for nurses, doctors and other
health professionals on genomics;
 support the Chief Scientific Officer for England, Professor Dame Sue Hill in her
work as senior responsible officer for genomics in NHS England and work closely
with other senior stakeholders across the NHS, Government, voluntary sector
and industry to ensure our messaging on genomics is aligned.
This is a unique and exciting role, working on one of the most high-profile areas of
medicine at the cutting edge of science and the heart of policy making. So you will
need to be a skilled and experienced communicator, proactive, self-motivated and
used to working across a range of communications disciplines on multiple projects,
to tight deadlines. You will also be adept at translating complex scientific information
into Plain English, have a good eye for a story, and know how to tell it.
The role is based in Skipton House, London with occasional travel across the UK to
attend events and conferences.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Fraser Woodward, Head of Communications and Engagement, Genomics Unit, NHS England and NHS Improvement


Tel: 07900 227 668