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Associate Director of Communications & Engagement

Band 8c

Main area
Associate Director of Communications and Engagement
Grade
Band 8c
Contract
Permanent
Hours
  • Full time
  • Flexible working
37.5 hours per week
Job ref
320-TWS-0866
Site
Royal Derby Hospital
Town
Derby
Salary
£65,664 - £75,874 pa
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
30/06/2022 23:59
Interview date
14/07/2022

As a trusted organisation at the heart of our communities, we recognise the important role we can play in supporting the public, patients, our own people and local partners in achieving the best of health for the local population and the communities in which they live by providing Exceptional Care Together.

Our fundamental Values of Compassion, Openness and Excellence underpin how we intend to work as a Trust and the associated behaviours are becoming embedded in all aspects of how we work.

With over 13,000 members of staff you can expect huge variety and new opportunities every day! Our staff go above and beyond and take pride in caring for our patients.

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust is fully committed to promoting inclusion, equality, diversity and human rights in employment and delivery of its services.  The Trust is committed to providing an environment where all employees, patients, carers and visitors experience equality of opportunity by means of understanding and appreciating the value of diversity.

As a Trust we promote an inclusive environment and welcome applications from a diverse pool of talent and backgrounds.  All individuals are valued and given every opportunity to succeed based on merit.

The Trust actively encourages applications from members of our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. These groups are under-represented in our organisation, and it’s important to us that our workforce reflects the diversity of our communities as much as possible.

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust is fully committed to promoting inclusion, equality, diversity and human rights in employment and delivery of its services.  The Trust is committed to providing an environment where all employees, patients, carers and visitors experience equality of opportunity by means of understanding and appreciating the value of diversity.

Join us and help make a real difference to our Trust.

Here’s more about the role and what we’re looking for; 

Job overview

The University Hospitals of Derby and Burton (UHDB) is looking to appoint its new Associate Director of Communications. Reporting to the CEO, the role will involve working with our wider leadership team, our system partners, our communities and our workforce to improve both the care we deliver for our patients and the experience and wellbeing of the people that work at UHDB, through our Vision ‘Exceptional Care Together’.

The Associate Director is an impactful position that will support our workforce engagement and the embedding of our values, Compassion, Excellence and Openness, across the Trust.

In addition to providing professional and expert communications advice and guidance to the CEO, leadership team and Board, you will hold a key role in ensuring that we collectively drive a compassionate and inclusive culture and approach for all our colleagues, particularly those that have traditionally been excluded or left behind.

As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you. We are committed to supporting flexibility and are open to discussion about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible arrangement.

For an initial discussion about this exciting opportunity, please contact Stephen Posey Chief Executive Officer via Liz Bush  his PA on 01223 639628 to arrange a convenient time for a discussion

Main duties of the job

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust (UHDB) invite applications from innovative and creative thinkers for the post of Associate Director of Communications and Engagement.

We are looking for an innovative and creative thinker as the professional lead responsible for all aspects of expert advice on communications and engagement at UHDB.

You must be able to evidence significant strategic communications and engagement experience that blends internal/external communications, media relations, digital communication, web and intranet management and corporate communications, all gained in a large and complex organisational context.

A key part of this role will be to advise and support the Trust Board on communication strategies to support our vision and values, raise our organisational profile, whilst minimising any risk to our reputation.

Applicants will be educated to degree level or equivalent with a PR/communications qualification at masters level, or have equivalent experience gained at the same level

Closing Date: 30th June 2022

Interviews will comprise of stakeholder panels on the 13th July and an interview on 14th July 2022.

Working for our organisation

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust (UHDB) is one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the country, with over 13,500 staff with five hospitals across the region, including the Royal Derby Hospital, Queen’s Hospital Burton, Sir Robert Peel Community Hospital in Tamworth, Samuel Johnson Community Hospital in Lichfield and Florence Nightingale Community Hospital in Derby. In addition, we have staff at nine other clinical sites in the region

Derby and Burton are centrally located, with proximity to the national Forest and Peak District with excellent transport links to the rest of the country including major cities.

As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you. We are committed to supporting flexibility and are open to discussion about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible arrangement.

We are proud to be able to offer a portfolio of personal development and benefits for the right candidate:

  • Relocation package
  • Leadership and Management programmes
  • Coaching and mentoring opportunities
  • Health and wellbeing initiatives to support colleagues physical and mental health
  • A range of local and national staff discounts
  • NHS Pension Scheme
  • Range of salary sacrifice schemes including cars and cycles

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

We are keen to attract candidates who can lead on whole system communication and engagement with all Derbyshire and Staffordshire system partners to ensure that population health management is championed as part of collective communications and engagement activity.

You will facilitate effective two-way communication channels for a variety of audiences, ranging from patients, service users and carers, to our 13,500 multi-site colleagues, foundation trust members and our governors, as well as local/national media, MPs, and partner organisations, valuing their different perspectives and contribution.

Lead and manage the communications team to ensure their personal and professional development as well offer support to maintain team morale and a high sense of health & wellbeing.  

You will also be responsible in this influential role for leading the Communications team in representing our values and setting the tone and culture within the team, by driving inclusion and leading to make a difference, particularly for our colleagues who are traditionally excluded or left behind.

Outstanding candidates will be invited to attend for interview and assessment

Person specification

Essential

Essential criteria
  • Degree or equivalent in relevant subject
  • Recognised PR/Communications qualification - Masters or equivalent experience/training
  • Significant experience in communications or related field
  • Significant experience/proven track record of digital presence, connecting board and staff (particularly over large geographical areas
  • Substantial writing, editing, and design communications experience
  • Knowledge of PR/Comms, journalism and marketing

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Pippa Gardiner
Job title
Head of Recruitment
Email address
philippa.gardiner@nhs.net
Telephone number
01332 786747

If you have problems applying, contact

Address
University Hospital of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust
Training Centre
Rehab Block
Level 3
Derby
Derbyshire
DE22 3NE
Telephone
01332 786652 / 07385 367222