Director of Communications, Health Innovation Network
Recruited by: Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
Closing date: 30 July 2017 11.59pm
Salary: £73,716 – £89,727 p.a. inclusive of HCA
Contract: Fixed Term. 12 months. 37.5 hours per week.
Join us and become part of the most engaged workforce of any NHS trust in England, according to the latest national NHS Staff Survey results – for the second year running.
You will be joining a dynamic and forward-looking organisation in the heart of the capital where you can develop your career and broaden your horizons.
We think you will enjoy working for us but you don’t have to take our word for it – 79% of staff who took part in the latest national NHS Staff Survey would recommend Guy’s and St Thomas’ as a place to work.
Please ensure that as well as completing the application form, you submit a CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We seek an experienced, creative, dynamic and organised individual to join the Leadership team at the Health Innovation Network and spread the word about what we are doing to speed up good things in health across south London and beyond.
You will have:
• Experience of all aspects of communications from writing to social media, website design to running campaigns and events
• Excellent strategic skills as well as organisational ability
• Superb level of communication skills
• Strong creativity and great design eye
• Experience of delivering a range of complex communications projects effectively
• Confidence in all aspects of design and delivery of memorable events
• The ability to work credibly with staff from all professional backgrounds
• Considerable line manager experience with a coaching style
• Strong interest in improving health and our mission
You will lead a communications team of three who support all communications activities across our clinical programmes and innovation themes. We have had success in getting word of our work out there, and that of AHSNs more generally, including the Health Innovation Network being in the top 20% globally for social influence as measured by Klout, and have produced some lovely films, impressive reports and very visual presentations. But we feel we are just getting started and there is plenty more to do.
Health, NHS or healthcare charity experience would be advantageous to this post, as would journalism experience and related networks, and specialist skills such as filmmaking or web-building, however none of these aspects are essential. The right candidate will have a major interest in healthcare improvement and be strongly motivated by our work. You will need to be a confident communications professional, very well organised and confident at getting on with delivery, as well as dealing effectively with contacts from a wide range of professional backgrounds and seniority.
For more about what we do see our website at health innovation network or find us on Twitter @HINSouthLondon.
The Health Innovation Network is one of 15 academic health science networks (AHSNs) which exist to spread innovation at pace and scale across the healthcare system. AHSNs spread innovation, improve health and generate economic growth by connecting academics, the NHS, social care and industry. We do so by creating partnerships, enabling collaboration and responding to the needs of patients and populations.
• Supporting the NHS to deliver a step-change in the way it identifies, adopts and spreads best practice, clinical innovations and new technologies more quickly and at scale in order to meet the enormous challenges set out in the Five Year Forward View
• Enabling innovative companies to grow and create jobs, especially in the life sciences sector, depends on helping the NHS and the life sciences industry to engage more productively with each other, focused on defined local needs and backed up by a credible evidence base
This role is based at our HQ which is located in the vibrant Borough Market, next to the Golden Hinde, close to London Bridge tube station and would involve contact with any of our member sites across the twelve boroughs of South London, as well as across London as we work very collaboratively with partners, so the post-holder will need to be happy to work in a mobile capacity.
You will work to our Chief Executive Tara Donnelly, within a great team at the Health Innovation Network team, with colleagues with real expertise in service improvement, innovation and digital. We have an active staff health programme including weekly free yoga. Good support plus a full introduction to the Health Innovation Network will be provided by the HIN team and colleagues.
We are hosted by one of the leading hospitals in the country, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust which brings a range of staff benefits including access to a range of training and development options and the swimming pool and gym at Guy’s for a small monthly fee.
Please see our letter to candidates before applying, it tells you more about what it is like to work here and what we would like to see in your application. If you would like to speak to Tara about the role, our outgoing Head of Communications Michaela Maloney and/or team member Simon Ellery, media and communications manager, telephone slots are available, please contact Nick on 0207 188 2860 or email@example.com to book one, after reading the information provided.
We invite all candidates to give us their thoughts on the following topic personal statement section of the application form that is no more than one side:
• What strikes you in terms of Health Innovation Network’s current communication activity?
• If you were successful what you would seek to achieve next and how would you go about this
• A final paragraph on why this would be a good next role for you.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to meet members of the Communications team and other HINsters, undertake a written exercise and attend a panel interview.
Recruitment closes midnight on Sun 30th July. Interviews will be held on Thursday 10th
and Friday 11th August. We recognise that this may be impacted by holidays so if interested we would encourage you to apply and we may hold some additional interviews during the first week of September.
Salary is Agenda for Change 8d, currently £73,716. Value quoted is start of scale and inclusive of inner London Weighting.