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Director of Communications, Public Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement

Posted: 9 Oct 2020 Closes: 7 Nov 2020
London, United Kingdom VSM - Competitive, Very Senior Manager Salary
Permanent & Full-time NHS_A904iScgZVCv

Director of Communications, Public Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement

Job Reference: 334-CEO-2694246-PC

Employer: Department: Chief Executive Office Location: London Salary: VSM - Competitive, Very Senior Manager Salary

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust has a rich history, well-established community links and an international reputation. We deliver specialist services in the London boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark, Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich.

We are committed to providing high quality and specialist care to our service users and we are recognised for the care and treatment we provide. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good'.

Our Values

We take pride in providing specialist care to our service users, where our Trust values and our promise to be caring, kind, polite, prompt, honest, listen and do what I say I'm going to do, is at the heart of everything we do. When you join us, you'll be part of something special.

About the team:

You will lead a team delivering communications, public affairs and engagement activities for external and internal audiences across wide range of functions. These will include strategic communications oversight, internal and external communications, community engagement, and staff engagement including the trust's Listening into Action programme. In addition, you will oversee a new Capital Projects Programme communications and engagement function as we progress with our plans for investing £140 million in modern new mental healthcare services and facilities at our Maudsley Hospital site, providing better care and experience for local people and staff.

About the role:

The Director of Communications, Public Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement is a non-voting member of the Trust Board. The role will contribute to corporate decision making and the strategic development of the Trust. The post holder will lead, and be accountable for, the communications, stakeholder engagement and public affairs function providing professional advice, expertise and strategic leadership on all aspects of internal and external communication. This includes maximising opportunities to promote South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust upholding and enhance its brand and reputation.

You will be working closely with the Chief Executive, the Trust Board, senior colleagues and stakeholders to take a lead role in developing and supporting the implementation of the Trust's strategic plans through creating a coherent, compelling supporting strategic narrative that supports the reputation of the Trust. This includes establishing and communicating the key messages and objectives of the Trust in order to promote the trust as a great place to work, using a range of media including the website, stakeholder bulletins, social media and special events working across organisational boundaries and systems. Importantly, this role will be key in delivering a range of trust wide service user and carer activities aimed at improving experience, raising awareness of mental health, and challenging the stigma that people face.

About the location:

Our Trust headquarters is located at Denmark Hill less than 5 minutes from the train station (zone 2). We also provide services and operate across other locations, such as London boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark; and substance misuse services for residents of Bexley, Lambeth, Greenwich and Wandsworth.

Benefits :

We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. There is an extensive range of excellent benefits for you and your family. We want you to feel like you are part of a close knit team at SLaM. It's important to us that you valued and appreciated and that are why we have a comprehensive benefits package on offer

Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave,we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance,flexible working and support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
  • Career development,There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Car lease,our staff benefits from competitive deals to lease cars
  • Accommodation,our staff benefits from keyworker housing available which is available on selected sites
  • NHS discounts,with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.
Other benefits include:
  • Counselling services
  • Wellbeing events
  • Long service awards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants
We look forward to receiving your application

The Trust is committed to providing services which embrace diversity and that promote equality of opportunity. We are a Disability Confident Employer, we welcome applicants from all sections of the community and people of all protected characteristics. We provide reasonable adjustments for candidates with a disability and are committed to treating people fairly with compassion, respect and dignity and in promoting equality and human rights. We aim to put this commitment into practice by:
  • Embedding our commitment to tackling inequality, eliminating discrimination and harassment; promoting equality of opportunity and fostering good relations in our everyday practice
  • Ensuring that all our services and all staff understand and support our commitment
  • We believe that people who use our services, their carers and our staff, should be treated with compassion, respect and dignity
Please note:
  • That all applications for this post will need to be made online
  • That you read and understand the Job Description and Personal Specification attached to the role. Your Statement in Support should reflect the requirements specified as your application will be judged against these criteria
  • That the closing date listed is a guide only and that the vacancy may close earlier should sufficient number of applicants have been received. We advise that you submit your application as early as possible
  • That once you have submitted your application you agree to your application being transferred to a 3rd party e-recruitment system. All subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from
  • That should you not have heard from us within three weeks from the closing date your application has not successful
  • That priority consideration for applications may be given to at-risk NHS employees
  • That we are a smoke-free Trust
  • SLaM is a Stonewall Diversity Champion , Stonewall is the largest Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans (LGBT) rights charity in Europe'

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