Communications Officer – Media & Campaigns, London Ambulance Service
Closing date: 1 November 2017, 11.59pm
Salary: £26,565 to £35,577 pa plus 20% HCAS
Hours per week: 36.
London Ambulance Service NHS Trust is the busiest emergency ambulance service in the UK with over 4,500 staff who works across a wide range of roles. Our service operates over an area of approximately 620 square miles across London based in 70 ambulance stations.
We serve more than eight million people who live and work in the London area. Our main role is to respond to emergency 999 calls, getting medical help to patients who have serious or life-threatening injuries or illnesses as quickly as possible.
However, many of our patients have less serious illnesses or injuries, and do not need to be sent an ambulance on blue lights and sirens. Often these patients will receive more appropriate care somewhere other than at hospital and so we provide a range of care to them, recognising that many have complex problems or long-term medical conditions. We also provide clinical assessments over the phone to more callers with less serious illnesses and injuries.
As an integral part of the NHS in London, we work closely with hospitals and other healthcare professionals, as well as with other emergency services. We are also central to planning for, and responding to, large-scale events or major incidents in the capital.
In everything we do, we will provide Care, Clinical excellence and commitment.
Care – Helping people when they need us; treating people with compassion, dignity and respect; having pride in our work and our organisation.
Clinical excellence – Giving our patients the best possible care; leading and sharing best clinical practice; using staff and patient feedback and experience to improve our care.
Commitment -Setting high standards and delivering against them; supporting our staff to grow, develop and thrive; Learning and growing to deliver continual improvement.
COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER – MEDIA AND CAMPAIGNS, Waterloo, Band 6, £26,565 – £35,577, plus 20 per cent high cost area supplement and on-call payment
London Ambulance Service is facing one of its most challenging years ever – responding to a series of major incidents while focusing on recruiting more frontline staff and facing increasing demand.
From providing communications support at the scene of a major incident, to running high profile campaigns, promoting the clinical excellence of ambulance crews, and supporting the operational needs of the organisation, this is a varied role.
Every 999 call is a potential news story and you will liaise with local, regional and national media on a daily basis. This could involve giving details of the treatment provided to patients after a road traffic collision, explaining the pressures of alcohol-related calls, or providing public reassurance during a terrorist attack or major incident.
You will have a strong track record of engaging with key audiences on social media, and will take responsibility for creating and sharing high quality content on a range of digital channels every day.
You will support and lead on high profile public campaigns that make a real difference to people’s lives, such as recruiting more frontline crews, getting more defibrillators on London’s streets, or training the public in basic life support skills.
At least three years’ PR or journalism experience is essential. The successful candidate will be a team player who is well-organised, has excellent interpersonal skills, a sound understanding of the needs of the media and a high level of personal motivation.
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In addition to the basic salary for all Agenda for Change posts, London Ambulance Service NHS Trust in line with the NHS Agenda for Change provides 15% or 20% High Cost Area Supplement (HCAS) dependant on the location of your role. The supplement is subject to minimum and maximum payment.
High Cost Area Supplement (HCAS) for part time employee will be based on the part time salary.
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