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National EPRR Communications Lead

Posted: 9 Oct 2020 Closes: 7 Nov 2020
London, United Kingdom £63,751 - £73,664 per annum
Permanent & Full-time NHS_zD309OJps9zW

National EPRR Communications Lead

Job Reference: 990-1-EI3413-LN

Employer: Location: London or Leeds Salary: £63,751 - £73,664 per annum

Our Organisation

NHS England and NHS Improvement came together on 1 April 2019 as a new single organisation. The NHS Long Term Plan focuses on delivering integrated care to patients at the local level and we can best support the NHS to deliver this as a single integrated organisation.

At the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement whether that's job share, part time or another flexible pattern. In addition, although the role advertised may have an 'home' office base indicated, we remain committed to supporting flexibility around workplace locations. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

Our new operating model represents a strong shift to regional delivery supported by expert corporate teams. Local health systems are supported by our integrated regional teams who play a major leadership role in the geographies they manage.

We are jointly committed to creating and maintaining a fair and supportive working environment and culture, where contributions are fully recognised and valued by all and staff feel empowered to carry out their duties to the best of their abilities. As employers we are committed to promoting and protecting the physical and mental health and well-being of all our staff. This underpins our values as set out in the NHS Constitution, supports us to be an Employer of Choice and ultimately enables our employees to support the effective care of our patients.

The national Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response (EPRR) team is looking for an enthusiastic and reliable individual EPRR Communications Lead to join the team.

The post holder will work as part of a dynamic team in delivering an effective EPRR service supporting managers and staff across the corporate operations function to deliver the EPRR agenda and so ensure a safe and resilient NHS in England.

The post holder will support the provision of an efficient, effective and high-quality professional work programme for the EPRR service capable of meeting all statutory, regulatory and NHS requirements ensuring alignment with the activity of the organisation.

An experienced and senior communications and engagement professional, the post holder will have a proven track record of developing and leading successful strategies and plans to improve communication channels across a broad range of NHS and external stakeholders.

The post holder will be responsible for day-to-day media management, knowledge management, digital communications, campaigns and stakeholder management, alongside drafting and editing materials for publication and briefings, and occasional event planning.

The post holder will also be responsible for raising the profile of and promoting the work of the national EPRR programme, and to capture and curate knowledge and learning to support the programmes adoption and spread strategy through a variety of channels including social media and other digital platforms.

The successful candidate will possess excellent all-round communications and marketing skills, majoring on writing and digital communication skills.

Additional duties include being part of the national on call rota, for which an enhancement is paid based on frequency of on call, and participating in incident management team (national) and incident coordination centre (national) activities. Some weekend and out of hours flexibility will be required when responding to incidents.

The EPRR Communications Lead will be expected to be flexible in working location with some travel between NHS England and NHS Improvement's bases in London and Leeds along with travel to regional offices and NHS provider sites when required. The candidate will ideally be located in either Leeds or London, but some flexibility of home base is available. It is essential that the candidate has good communication skills and is able to work effectively within a team environment especially under pressure.

Experience of EPRR and knowledge of the National Health Service, projects and programmes and the applications of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 within it are required for this post. Applicants should preferably hold or be working towards holding a qualification in EPRR or a related subject and will be required to undergo national security vetting.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed.

The level of security needed is security check. This requires you to have been resident in the UK for the past 5 years.

Shortlisting will be completed within one week of the advert closing, with interviews taking place during the following fortnight.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Mike Shanahan; mikeshanahan@nhs.net

Our commitments to you

We are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We know through experience that different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds create a stronger and more creative work environment that delivers better patient outcomes. We welcome applications irrespective of people's age, disability, sex, gender identity and gender expression, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances. We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process, including the consideration of reasonable adjustments for people who have a disability.

Applications are welcomed from applicants who wish to apply for a position on the basis of a smarter or flexible working arrangement. Where candidates are successful at interview, such requests will be taken under consideration and accommodated where the needs of the service allow.

Please note that we currently do not accept applications via CV or recruitment agencies.

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