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Senior Communications and Engagement Manager

Posted: 7 Oct 2020 Closes: 5 Nov 2020
London, United Kingdom £53,168 - £62,001 per annum
Permanent & Full-time NHS_mkDrkyREwsFf

Senior Communications and Engagement Manager

Job Reference: 990-1-EI2758-CE-A

Employer: Location: Skipton House, 80 London Road, SE1 6LH, London and Leeds Salary: £53,168 - £62,001 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.

Are you passionate about improving the lives of people with cancer? Do you want to ensure more people survive cancer than ever before? Working in the NHS Cancer Programme, that's exactly what you'll do.

Working in the NHS Cancer Programme Team, you will set the agenda for cancer services in England. Working with patients, clinicians, charities and across the public sector, our aim is to reduce preventable cancers, diagnose cancer earlier, increase survival and improve the quality of life and experience for cancer patients. We develop national policy and strategy, and work with our Cancer Alliances across the country to transform services for patients.

This is an exciting time for the NHS Cancer Programme. Our work to implement the Independent Cancer Taskforce strategy has already started to transform the experience of cancer patients across England. The publication of the NHS Long Term Plan provides us with an opportunity to go even further. You will be instrumental in delivering on our ambition to diagnose three in four cancers at an early stage so that even more people survive cancer in the future.

Are you the right person for the job?

We are looking for an experienced Senior Communications and Engagement Manager to join our Strategy and Engagement team.

The post will lead a dynamic team in the delivery of the Programme's communications and stakeholder engagement plan.

Primary responsibilities:
  • Overseeing and enabling delivery of the Programme's communications and stakeholder engagement plans and leading on the delivery of content. The role is responsible for delivery of:
    • the Programme's overarching communications and engagement plan, with a view to continuing to build the profile of the Programme and its achievements through the strategic use of a range of communications channels and approaches (including media, social media, digital), ensuring effective and meaningful engagement of the Programme's stakeholders, and supporting the Programme team to utilise communications approaches to enable delivery that directly benefits patients;
    • the Programme's patient and public engagement plan; and
    • the Programme's parliamentary and briefings activity.
  • Providing strategic communications advice to the Programme team, in particular the leadership team, including the Programme Director, SRO (National Cancer Director) and National Clinical Director for Cancer.
  • Developing collaborative and effective senior-level relationships with the wider NHS England and Improvement communications teams, including agreeing and delivering against common goals, such as a regular series of media stories on cancer.
  • Ensuring the Programme is designing and delivering communications strategies in a way that uses all relevant channels proactively, effectively and in a coordinated way to amplify our messages.
  • Leading the communications and engagement team, including:
    • setting a clear strategic direction for the team and the function;
    • leading on the development and agreement of annual delivery plans;
    • ensuring all team members have clear objectives and deliverables;
    • ensuring approaches and systems are in place to effectively manage delivery across the team;
    • measuring and reporting on the progress made by the team;
    • representing the team and function at a senior level; and
    • building a collaborative, inclusive and supportive team culture.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name: Anna Baranski

Job title: Strategy Lead

Email address:

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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