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Communications Officer, Barts Health NHS Trust
Closing date: 8am 17 November 2017
Salary: £31,878 – £42,046 per annum inc
Barts Health NHS Trust is on a journey to deliver safe and compassionate care to more than 6,000 patients every single day across the largest Trust in the UK.
In order to better support our group of hospitals, we are looking for bright, enthusiastic and highly motivated communications professionals to join our busy communications team.
As a communications team, we are responsible for promoting and defending the reputation of the Trust.
We do this through providing strategic communications and support to our executive and hospital management teams, proactive and responsive media and stakeholder relations, engaging social and digital channels, creatively promoting our brand and inspiring internal communications.
Communications officer: up to £35,225 + £6,405 inner London weighting. You will be responsible for providing high-quality communications support across our busy team. You will play a key role in coordinating the delivery of communications strategies and plans for projects and operational day-to-day activities that support the delivery of Barts Health objectives and business decisions.
The communications officer will support our specialist manager in media relations, but will work across all functions including public affairs, digital communications, internal communications and brand. You will also provide communications support to St Bartholomew’s Hospital.
2.5 million people living in east London and beyond look to the services run by the Barts Health group of hospitals to provide them with the healthcare they need. We are the biggest NHS teaching trust in the country, and our challenges are those of a large and complex organisation.
Yet the scale on which we operate also brings significant medical and managerial benefits that enable us to run specialist services that are among the best in the NHS. We also serve a population with high levels of deprivation, putting us in the forefront of the national effort to tackle health inequalities. Our ambition is to be renowned throughout east London for delivering safe and compassionate care, and we are on a journey to improve the quality of all our services for patients.
Our top priority is ensuring the safety and quality of services for our patients, many of whom come from some of the most diverse and deprived communities in Britain. More than half our patients are classified black or minority ethnic, more than 60 languages are spoken in our hospitals, and there are high levels of poverty, overcrowding, unemployment and health inequalities in their catchment areas. For example, more than one third of patients admitted for treatment to our hospitals are suffering from malnutrition.
Three of our hospitals, Whipps Cross, Newham, and The Royal London each provide district general hospital services to upwards of 1,500 people a day. Each offers the full range of modern acute medicine, including accident and emergency and maternity care, for people living in the three boroughs of Waltham Forest, Newham and Tower Hamlets respectively. Whipps Cross is noted for having the lowest rate of risk-adjusted Caesarian section births in London, while the orthopaedic centre at Newham was cited as an example of outstanding practice by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Our biggest hospital, The Royal London, is one of the most modern purpose-built medical facilities in the country, and offers a wide range of specialist services for a wider population. It is home to the capital’s air ambulance and has leading trauma, stroke and renal units. The survival rate at the trauma centre is twice the national average, and this pioneering service regularly attracts international visitors wanting to learn from its success. The site also hosts one of the largest children’s hospitals in the UK, not to mention a major academic dental hospital. It also manages community services for Tower Hamlets, based at Mile End hospital.
In addition, local people across east London have access to the specialist heart and cancer services provided by St Bartholomew’s Hospital in the City for patients from all over London and beyond. More heart patients are being treated, faster and with better health outcomes, following the establishment of the Barts Heart Centre. This is now the largest cardiovascular centre in the UK, and a major research facility which is attracting some of the country’s top clinicians to work here.
For further details / informal visits contact:
Nicola Eves – Communications