• Full Time
  • London

Website NHS England

Grade NHS TCS 2023: Band 3

Contract Fixed term: 2 years on-the-job training – 18-20 year olds

Hours Full time – 37.5 hours per week

Town London

Salary £27,948 – £29,468 per annum

Salary period Yearly

Job ref 990-S3-COR1587

Closing 30/06/2024 23:59


Job Overview

NHS Trainee Communications Officer x 2

Two-year on-the-job training positions: full-time (37.5 hours)

18-20 year olds

Based at NHS England’s HQ in Central London. 

You’ve heard the story of how the NHS and its staff have stepped up to deal with the biggest public health crisis in its history? Well now’s your chance to be part of the team that helped tell that story.

  • Have you just left or are about to leave school or college?
  • Are you interested in a career in communications?
  • Would you like to be part of the most fast paced communications teams in the country?
  • If the answer to all these questions is YES! then we have a fantastic on-the-job training opportunity at NHS England we’d love you to apply for.

You will work at the heart of NHS communications. You’ll get invaluable training over a two-year period in press and social media, marketing and campaigns and much, much more. You’ll begin to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding you need to work as part of a team and become an all-round professional communicator and work as part of a team. A dedicated line-manager will support you in every role.

Towards the end of your two years with us we’ll encourage and support you to take the next step and apply for a permanent role in one of our Communications teams, subject to a role being available

Main duties of the job

What we are looking for in our trainees:

  • passionate about starting a career in communications in the NHS
  • up for it, loves to learn, and is happy taking on responsibilities
  • curious and creative, with a positive can-do attitude, likes working with others and willing to muck-in and do what’s needed to get the job done

Who can apply and when:

  • school or college leavers 18-20 year-old with good A-levels or BTECs level 3. See the Job Description for full details.
  • we actively encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds who are currently under-represented.
  • Applications should be received no later than midnight on Sunday 30thJune 2024.

Working for our organisation

In April 2023, NHS England, NHS Digital, and Health Education England merged to create a new, single organisation to lead the NHS in England. This new NHS England is designed to create a simpler, smaller, high performing, organisation that leads the NHS more effectively and is a better place to work. Speaking with one voice to the service.

The new NHS England board have set out the top-level purpose for the new organisation to lead the NHS in England to deliver high-quality services for all, which will inform the detailed design work and we will achieve this purpose by:

  • Enabling local systems and providers to improve the health of their people and patients and reduce health inequalities.
  • Making the NHS a great place to work, where our people can make a difference and achieve their potential.
  • Working collaboratively to ensure our healthcare workforce has the right knowledge, skills, values and behaviours to deliver accessible, compassionate care
  • Optimising the use of digital technology, research, and innovation
  • Delivering value for money.

If you would like to know more or require further information, please visit https://www.england.nhs.uk/ .

Colleagues with a contractual office base are expected to spend, on average, at least 40% of their time working in-person.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

You can find further details about the job, using these links:

Documents to download 

Essential criteria

  • Good writing skills.
  • An interest in current affairs, politics, digital Communications and story telling.
  • Excellent research skills.
  • A self starter not afraid to contribute ideas and try new things.
  • Willingness to learn.

We are committed to recruiting the best person for the job, based solely on their ability and individual merit as measured against the criteria for the role; through a process that is fair, open, consistent and free from discrimination. We support the values and pledges of the NHS Constitution.

We are committed to being a diverse and an inclusive employer and will build a culture where all employees are valued, respected and acknowledged. We strive to ensure that no individual receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of their gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief, colour, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, pregnancy and maternity, marital or civil partnership status, transgender status, HIV status, social background, trade union membership or non-membership and is placed at a disadvantage by requirements or conditions that cannot be shown to be justifiable.

We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants and employees are treated fairly and consistently.

Please note that the closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. You are advised to submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Candidates are reminded that, if you are applying on a secondment basis, you must have agreement with your current manager that if successful you will be released for the period of the secondment.

Staff recruited from outside the NHS will usually be appointed at the bottom of the pay band.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name   Alison Brown

Job title Senior Development Manager

Email address Alison.brown27@nhs.net



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