Media Relations Officer
This is an exciting role in Monitor's fast-growing media team. You will provide pro-active media handling advice and support to teams across Monitor, create compelling news stories about Monitor's activities, and develop prompt and effective responses to media enquiries.
Monitor plays a pivotal role in regulating the health sector. Working at Monitor is rewarding, challenging and makes a real difference to people's lives. Monitor has established a reputation as a professional, knowledgeable and focused organisation. Its staff have helped to build this reputation and Monitor is keen to recruit exceptional people who will enhance and maintain the high standards on which it prides itself.
Monitor was set up in 2004 as the independent regulator of NHS foundation trusts. The Health and Social Care Act 2012 changed the way health care is regulated and Monitor's role will grow significantly during 2013 as it takes on new responsibilities. As the sector regulator for health care, Monitor's main duty is to protect and promote the interests of people who use health care services. This means creating incentives for all parts of the NHS - commissioners and providers - to work together and deliver the best possible care for patients. It means making sure information is available to help them do this and to help patients get the best out of the NHS themselves. It also means setting ground rules for all those who provide NHS services. These rules will support the choices patients make and protect the interests of taxpayers too, ensuring the resources for health care are used efficiently and fairly.
Who we're looking for
Candidates will have the enthusiasm to tell positive stories about complex subjects and the experience of working either as a journalist or with the media, such as in a press office. You'll have a track record of liaising with journalists and building contacts in national, regional, specialist and online media and have the confidence to deal with internal and external stakeholders and answer and respond to media enquiries.